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Florida Calls a Truce in the Mask Wars

An existing school-choice program lets parents decide what’s best for their kids. Tallahassee, Fla. The Sunshine State has a peace plan for the school mask wars: educational choice. Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an executive order July 30 to “protect parents’ right to make decisions regarding masking of their children,” but [...]

By |2021-08-10T16:10:12-04:00August 10th, 2021|Press|Comments Off on Florida Calls a Truce in the Mask Wars

Which Kennedy did the most for democracy? The one who started the Special Olympics

Sure, RFK and JFK were important. But one Kennedy embodied the American values of good citizenship. It’s fitting that the Olympics are concluding this weekend, only as schools begin to re-open around the country. Because when students return to the classroom, their civics teachers ought to consider asking them an [...]

By |2021-08-20T14:04:24-04:00August 8th, 2021|Press|Comments Off on Which Kennedy did the most for democracy? The one who started the Special Olympics

Treat all K-12 students in Florida with fairness and equity

William Mattox Throughout America, a very important – and highly racialized – conversation is taking place about overcoming injustice. Here in Florida, that conversation has often gone in a markedly different and very promising direction. And schoolchildren of color are among the greatest beneficiaries. The conversation in Florida, at least [...]

By |2021-06-17T11:26:59-04:00June 17th, 2021|Press|Comments Off on Treat all K-12 students in Florida with fairness and equity

Florida is Overcoming ‘Systemic Privilege’ By Putting Students Before the ‘System’

By William Mattox June 04, 2021 Throughout America, a very important – and highly racialized – conversation is taking place about overcoming injustice. Here in Florida, that conversation has often gone in a markedly different and very promising direction. And schoolchildren of color are among the greatest beneficiaries. The conversation in [...]

By |2021-06-04T10:38:16-04:00June 4th, 2021|Press|Comments Off on Florida is Overcoming ‘Systemic Privilege’ By Putting Students Before the ‘System’

Name Florida scholarships after our state’s greatest educator | Opinion

By: Bill Mattox April 19, 2021 “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet,” William Shakespeare famously observed. But what about a school choice scholarship program? Could a name change leave a highly popular program suddenly smelling rank? That’s a question the Florida Legislature will soon have to [...]

By |2021-04-19T10:11:39-04:00April 19th, 2021|Press|Comments Off on Name Florida scholarships after our state’s greatest educator | Opinion

Holocaust civics project will help students understand totalitarian rule | Commentary

By WILLIAM MATTOX GUEST COLUMNIST | APR 08, 2021 AT 5:30 AM April 8 is Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. It’s a day for all of us to reflect on the horrible atrocities inflicted upon the Jews. A day for all Americans to celebrate the Jews’ liberation from the Nazis. And a day for all [...]

By |2021-04-08T10:04:59-04:00April 8th, 2021|Press|Comments Off on Holocaust civics project will help students understand totalitarian rule | Commentary

Flexible Scholarships Would Help Many Families

By William Mattox March 31, 2021 TALLAHASSEE – Harold and Talethia Edwards have a house full of precocious children. And to hear them describe their offspring is a veritable delight. There’s the musical son who plays five instruments. The studious daughter who skipped a grade and now tries to hide [...]

By |2021-03-31T10:19:29-04:00March 31st, 2021|Press|Comments Off on Flexible Scholarships Would Help Many Families

Honor Mary McLeod Bethune for helping to clear way for Jackie Robinson’s debut

Every April, Major League Baseball celebrates Jackie Robinson Day on the anniversary of his first official game as a Brooklyn Dodger in 1947. Yet, interestingly, Robinson actually played his inaugural game on an integrated professional team a year earlier. Right here in Florida. Exactly 75 years ago March 17. And it might never have happened if not [...]

By |2021-03-18T17:57:18-04:00March 12th, 2021|Press|Comments Off on Honor Mary McLeod Bethune for helping to clear way for Jackie Robinson’s debut

Making Florida An “Education Destination”

How Consolidating School Choice Scholarships Will Help. A funny thing happened last fall while many governors were yielding to teacher union demands to keep schools closed: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis not only found that it was safe to open schools, but that education policy could be a magnet for attracting new residents [...]

By |2021-03-29T10:42:54-04:00February 9th, 2021|Press|Comments Off on Making Florida An “Education Destination”

Florida universities would benefit from free expression survey

A recent survey conducted by a team of ideologically diverse scholars at the University of North Carolina ought to get the attention of Florida legislators and university officials interested in positioning our state schools for future success in the increasingly illiberal world of higher education. The survey, which measured the [...]

By |2021-01-03T14:57:55-04:00December 29th, 2020|Press|Comments Off on Florida universities would benefit from free expression survey
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