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Education choice benefits families like mine

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As a mother whose children benefit from Florida education scholarships, I was offended by the recent “Your Turn” column by the Rev. Ray Johnson [“‘Scholarship’ program threatens education,” Feb. 17].

He’s alarmed that under education choice, parents, not educators, evaluate their children’s educational progress. Apparently, he doesn’t trust parents to know what’s best for their own children. Perhaps he should meet some of the hundreds of thousands of scholarship families over the years who moved mountains trying to find the best learning environment for their children.

I’m one of them.

He uses scare tactics

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Back to (private) school? Trump executive order empowers families amid COVID-19 pandemic, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos says

In her final weeks as U.S. education secretary, Betsy DeVos may have found a way to send more federal money to private and religious schools during the COVID-19 pandemic – a goal that’s eluded the billionaire school choice proponent during her tenure.

According to an executive order issued Monday by President Donald Trump, low-income families without access to in-person learning in their schools could use federal funds to attend private or religious schools offering in-person classes.

Disadvantaged families could use the “emergency learning scholarships” to pay for home-schooling expenses, to join a private learning pod or to purchase special education

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Back to (private) school? Trump executive order empowers families amid COVID-19 pandemic, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos says.

In her final weeks as U.S. Education Secretary, Betsy DeVos may have found a way to send more federal money to private and religious schools during the COVID-19 pandemic — a goal that’s eluded the billionaire school choice proponent during her tenure.

According to an executive order issued Monday by President Donald Trump, low-income families without access to in-person learning in their current schools could use federal funds to attend private or religious schools offering in-person classes.

Disadvantaged families could also use the “emergency learning scholarships” to pay for homeschooling expenses, to join a private learning pod, or to purchase

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Jeff Bezos and 14 Other Wealthy People & Families Chipping In To Fund Education

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is expanding his philanthropic ventures to include a network of nonprofit preschools. On Sept. 22, Bezos shared a photo of one of the future schools on Instagram: “This classroom is just the beginning,” he wrote. “The @bezosacademy opens its doors on Oct. 19th. This one in Des Moines, WA, is the first of many free preschools that we’ll be opening for underserved children.”

The preschool is being funded by Bezos’ Day One Fund. In September 2018, the current richest man in the world made a $2 billion commitment to the fund with the goal of launching

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Support for School Choice Spiked 10 Percent among Public School Families during COVID Shutdown

As the coronavirus pandemic keeps many schools shuttered and forces parents to consider other options for their children’s education, support for school choice has spiked among parents of children who attend public school.

Since April, support for the concept of school choice jumped ten points from 67 percent to 77 percent among parents who have children in public school, according to a new RealClear Opinion Research poll.

Notably, support for choice is at a similarly high level across party lines and ethnicities.

About 72 percent of Democrats, 76 percent of Republicans, and 73 percent of Independents support giving parents a

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