PodcastED: How education choice serves special needs students


Educational choice supporters believe that the future of public education looks a lot like growing models and services available to students with unique abilities.

For instance, the Gardiner Scholarship will serve approximately 14,000 students in Florida this upcoming school year. The scholarship is an educational savings account for families of children with certain diagnoses that allows parents to tailor educational experiences based on how their child learns – including outside of “traditional” school time.

On this episode of PodcastED, Step Up For Students’ President Doug Tuthill sits down with Carol Macedonia and Paula Nelson, leaders of Step Up’s Office of Student Learning and two of Florida’s leading experts on special education.

With a combined six decades of experience in public education, Carol and Paula talk about their years working in special education in Florida’s district system, and dispel some common myths about how the districts serve students with unique abilities.

Thank you for listening.


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