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Florida Politics: When it comes to school choice, ‘haters gonna hate’

Taxpayers are clearly benefiting from education choice, along with Florida families and students. A recent study of the rhetorical intensity of school choice debates by Harvard-educated researcher Jason Bedrick confirms Taylor Swift’s lyrical observation that “haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate.” Bedrick found that any legislative attempt to expand education options to needy families [...]

By |2022-03-28T14:13:02-04:00March 28th, 2022|Press|Comments Off on Florida Politics: When it comes to school choice, ‘haters gonna hate’

Gainesville Sun: Unlikely scholar discovers way to revitalize neighborhoods, schools

Even though he does not always drink Dos Equis, Bart Danielsen is quite possibly the Most Interesting Man in the World of Education Policy today. Or at least the Most Unlikely Man. Danielsen is a business school professor who specializes in real estate. He’s an expert in housing patterns, not [...]

By |2022-01-18T11:37:21-04:00January 18th, 2022|Press|Comments Off on Gainesville Sun: Unlikely scholar discovers way to revitalize neighborhoods, schools

Florida Politics: William Mattox: Making Florida the new ‘promised land’ for education-minded families

Migration to Florida — America’s Promised Land — is being fueled in part by a very interesting factor: school choice. An exodus is underway from New York City and its surrounding environs. Many Jews are leaving the Big Apple and moving to the Sunshine State. And their migration to Florida [...]

By |2022-01-04T13:07:24-04:00January 4th, 2022|Press|Comments Off on Florida Politics: William Mattox: Making Florida the new ‘promised land’ for education-minded families

Becoming America’s ‘Education Destination:’ How Universal Scholarships Can Brighten Florida’s Future

Click here to read the full policy brief An exodus is underway from New York City and its surrounding environs. Many members of the Jewish community are leaving the Big Apple and moving to the Sunshine State. And their migration to Florida – America’s Promised Land – is being fueled [...]

By |2021-12-28T17:30:35-04:00January 4th, 2022|Publications|Comments Off on Becoming America’s ‘Education Destination:’ How Universal Scholarships Can Brighten Florida’s Future

Florida Politics: Let’s rename Florida’s K-12 scholarships for Mary McLeod Bethune

The timing seems perfect. Should I seek to get a Bright Futures scholarship? It’s one of the first questions that a Florida high school student asks when thoughts turn toward college. And while there are three variations of these scholarships — the Academic, the Medallion, and the Gold Seal Vocational [...]

By |2021-11-12T12:06:51-04:00November 12th, 2021|Press|Comments Off on Florida Politics: Let’s rename Florida’s K-12 scholarships for Mary McLeod Bethune

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 |2021-10-14T12:48:30-04:00August 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
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