The James Madison Institute (JMI) today announced the fourth class of the Leaders Fellowship, selecting more than 80 top young professionals from across Florida. This component of the Institute’s growing liberty network now consists of hundreds of accomplished leaders from a variety of different fields – who are all making great strides toward improving Florida’s communities.
With her commitment to universal access to education, diversity, and resourcefulness, legendary educator Mary McLeod Bethune is the right choice to honor with a universal K-12 scholarship program expanding opportunities for every Florida student, finds a new policy brief issued today by The James Madison Institute (JMI). The policy brief is entitled, “Let’s Honor Bethune with a New K-12 Scholarship Program.”
Since it’s common for scholarship programs to pay tribute to prominent educators and champions of education – Jefferson, Fulbright, Pell, Rhodes, McKay, Gardiner, etc. – it would be fitting for Florida to name a new K-12 scholarship program after Bethune.
Thus, this essay not only will call for the State of Florida to create such a scholarship, but it also will argue that this new program ought to have three distinguishing characteristics symbolic of Bethune’s legacy: