School choice advocates are sometimes accused of making their case with anecdotes. On this blog, we stand guilty as charged. We’ve profiled dozens of individual students who have taken advantage of the nation’s largest private school choice program. Many of them struggled in their former schools and went on to attend college.
These anecdotes, by themselves, aren’t enough to show the program is working. But the Urban Institute shed some light on the bigger picture last week. It released a major new study of more than 10,000 students who have used Florida tax credit scholarships. (Step Up For Students, which publishes this blog, helps administer the program.)
The study found students who use the nation’s largest private school choice program are more likely to enroll in college and more likely to earn associate degrees.
These students’ stories help bring those research findings to life.
Valentin Mendez graduated from La Progresiva in Miami and attends Miami-Dade College.
Cheyenne Daphney graduated from Tampa Catholic High School to St. Petersburg College.
Denisha Merriweather graduated from Esprit de Corps Center of Learning in Jacksonville, graduated from University of West Florida with a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary social science, and graduated from University of South Florida with a master’s degree in social work.
Jeff Barlis and Travis Pillow compiled this post.