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Is Florida moving beyond 'school choice'?



Florida lawmakers remain steadfastly in support of added school options for the state's millions of children. Look no further than the quick passage of an expansion to the state's Personal Learning Scholarship Account this week.

But are they still about school choice? Or are they moving to a different vocabulary to encapsulate what they really seek?

If SB 684, which hits the Senate Education Committee this afternoon, is any gauge, they're moving on. That bill, which aims to open student transfers for athletics, has a section on "public school choices," but also notably strikes the word "school" in several other areas related to options.

The proposed replacement is the broader "educational," to distinguish the private programs that families might select apart from the traditional public schools.  Those would include alternatives made available through state-funded corporate tax credit scholarships, opportunity scholarships, McKay scholarships and the PLSAs.

So, could "educational choice" become the replacement phrase? Florida did excise "Common Core" from the conversation in favor of "Florida Standards," despite their strong similarities. Your thoughts?

[Last modified: Thursday, January 14, 2016 11:09am]


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