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Public Schools Dealt Blows in Pair of Court Decisions Favoring Vouchers and Charters

| January 20, 2017

One court decision upholds corporate tax vouchers for private schools, another diminishes the role of local school boards in deciding what charter schools may operate.

Lawsuit Opposing School Voucher Expansion Is Thrown Out Again, Likely Ending Challenge

| December 31, 2014

A judge rebuffed claims by a teacher and two parents who joined the new lawsuit that the expansion of the Tax Credit Scholarship Program hurt them because it could lead to reduced funding for their schools.

Lawsuit Challenges Florida’s School Voucher Program, Calling It a “Dereliction” of Free Education

| August 29, 2014

The Tax Credit Scholarship Program, which could raise as much as $357.8 million this year, provides tax credits to companies that donate money to nonprofit entities that pay for children to go to private schools.

Charter School Grades Should Alarm Every Floridian as Drag On Districts Continues

| July 22, 2014

The idea that charter school operators should make a profit by providing children a better educational experience should offend no one. The fact that the numbers say they’re not doing a better job, while they’re draining away precious public resources, should alarm everyone.

Voucher Scams: Floridians Should Be Fighting the Privatization of Public Schools

| May 6, 2014

We’re decades into a war waged by shadowy business interests and religious groups, working through “cooperative” legislators and governors to gradually undermine most of the state’s public schools and ultimately privatize them, argues Daniel Tilson.

Bill Vastly Expanding School Vouchers Dies As Questions About Accountability Mounted

| March 22, 2014

The decision represents a defeat for the GOP’s Will Weatherford, who was home schooled as a child and strongly pushed the expansion of the system, which gives companies tax credits for donating to scholarship funds that help children attend private schools. Under the bills, retailers would have been allowed to divert sales-tax payments to the system.

“Massive Expansion” of School Vouchers Would Fund Private Education at Public Expense

| February 20, 2014

Under the proposal, retailers could divert sales-tax payments to the system; middle-class families would qualify for partial scholarships; and each scholarship would cover more of the cost of attending a private school.

School Construction Money Slashed By $267 Million; Charters and Universities Affected

| October 4, 2011

Traditional public schools in Flagler County no longer receive Public Education Capital Outlay dollars, which now go to charter schools, including Imagine School at Town Center. Imagine is again applying for PECO dollars.

School Districts Will Have to Vastly Expand Virtual Education; Charters to Click In

| April 27, 2011

At least one virtual class would be mandatory for graduation, kindergarten students could take online courses, and charter schools could offer full or part-time classes in what’s almost certain to become law.

“Education Savings Accounts” Would Shift Public Money to Private and Home Schools

| April 18, 2011

A vast expansion of school vouchers, Education Savings Account would shift 40 percent of per-student funding to children attending private school, to college savings accounts or to home-school spending, among other diversions from public-education budgets.

Charter Schools To Be Allowed To Go Virtual As Florida Expands Online Public Education

| April 16, 2011

A proposed law would let charter schools open full-time K-12 “virtual” charter schools, all students would be required to take at least one online class, and school districts would have to offer full or part-time virtual programs.

Public Money for Private Schools: Voucher Programs Set to Expand Across Florida

| April 9, 2011

Several bills with enough support in the Florida Legislature would expand student eligibility for voucher programs, including making it easier for corporations to write off taxes in exchange for providing voucher money.

More Charter Schools, Less District Oversight: Where Rick Scott and Jeb Bush Merge

| February 12, 2011

Gov. Rick Scott and former Gov. Jeb Bush’s education foundation are teaming up for a concerted push to open more charter schools while reducing or eliminating local school district approval and oversight, among other plans under the school “choice” umbrella.

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