The Choice Genie Continues to Flow out of the Florida Bottle

(Guest Post by Matthew Ladner)

RedefinED has published their sixth look at the changing landscape of Florida education, reporting over 88,000 new choice students over the last two years.

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3 Responses to The Choice Genie Continues to Flow out of the Florida Bottle

  1. allen says:

    Dang, and I thought that the demise of Detroit Public School district due to parental choice, when it happens, would be the watershed event in the reformation of public education. But with 42% of the entire K-12 population of Florida getting educated under one parental choice program or another it just might be the state of Florida that leads the way out of the “district” wilderness.

    • Greg Forster says:

      Well, they’re not all in parental choice programs – but still, it’s an impressive number!

      • allen says:

        Shoot. You’re right. I let my enthusiasm get the better of me.

        Some of those numbers may represent parental choice but don’t much impact the future of the school district. For instance, while private school enrolment certainly qualifies as “parental choice” that number is subsumed in voucher/ESA programs provided there are any. Absent such programs the private school enrolment won’t change much and represents no threat to the Galactic Empire.

        So I guess Detroit’s still in the running to be the location of the watershed event that alters the public education landscape.

        On a related note, Governor Snyder seems to have dropped his “portfolio district” plans for Detroit Public Schools so charters aren’t in any danger of being dragooned into a common enrolment/transportation scheme they didn’t request.

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