A Florida tax -credit scholarship graduate with twelve years of
advocacy experience. Speaker at events with the President of the United States of America, Florida governors and other elected officials. A national symbol for school choice with appearances on Fox News, at the Republican National Convention, at Pre-Espy celebrations and more. Author of articles in The Wall Street Journal, Education Week, The Hill, and other local and national outlets.
A lover of plants and amateur plant photographer. My best work can be found on my Instagram page.
Florida State Sen. Darryl Rouson went to Catholic schools from first grade through college. He wants low-income families from his district to have the same opportunity.
Sen. Tim Scott has seen how hard it can be for military families to find educational opportunities for their children as they move from one base to another.
Ford talks with Merriweather about navigating the tribalism of school choice politics, the awkwardness that comes with praising pro-school choice Republicans when many of her friends are Democrats.
Congressman Luke Messer has been telling his fellow Republicans they can’t just be against the federal government’s role in education policy. They also need to fight for something.
Schilling says, the studies showing the programs’ impact on student test scores, parental satisfaction or graduation rates aren’t driving politicians’ attitudes about the programs. Their most vocal opponents seem to have already made up their minds.
Over the past few weeks, the NAACP has faced constant pushback from education reformers and school choice advocates for its proposed stance against charter schools. Some of that pushback has come from Gerard Robinson, a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, who recently wrote a series of blog posts unpacking the proposal.
Burke says it’s possible that in the future, every child would have an ESA, regardless of where they actually go to school. Many of them might simply choose to enroll in a charter or traditional public school, thus spending their entire account for that year.
The former Florida governor says that on the campaign trail, he saw a backlash against some aspects of education reform. The solution, he said, is to use a bottom-up approach that puts more power in the hands of parents by giving them more choices and better information.