Ending school choice for 68,000 low-income kids? “That’s just wrong”

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A new video spotlighting a former Florida tax credit scholarship student is urging the Florida teachers union and Florida School Boards Association to drop its lawsuit against the nation’s largest private school choice program. It appeared in some Florida TV markets last night during the gubernatorial debate between Charlie Crist and Rick Scott.

Financed by the Black Alliance for Educational Options, the video features Denisha Merriweather, who became the first member of her family to graduate from college and is now headed to graduate school. The 13-year-old scholarship program serves more than 68,000 students this year, two-thirds of them black or Hispanic. It’s administered by nonprofits like Step Up For Students, which co-hosts this blog.

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  1. […] A little over a month ago I pointed out how the Empire is striking back through the courts against successful school choice programs that help students and satisfy parents. The main front in the attack is Florida, where the teachers union and school boards association have sued to stop issuing tax credits, a way of taking away thousands of K-12 scholarships. Rather than have me explain, let’s turn to Denisha Merriweather: […]

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