Episode 25: Should Public Dollars Go Towards Private School Choice?

In this episode, we speak with ExcelinEd CEO and executive director of foundation for Florida’s Future Patricia Levesque about the expansion of the Florida voucher program that will enable more low-income students to gain access to state-backed scholarships for private schools. We discuss concerns about the privatization of public education as well as the general state of education in Florida. [spp-player url=http://traffic.libsyn.com/voices4ed/25_-_Education_Post_-_Private_School_Choice.mp3] [spp-tweet tweet="“All kids have different needs. What my son needs is very different than what my daughter needs. Because of that, I think what we all need to keep in mind is that education is the goal and schools are just the vehicle to that goal. And so, I want to be true to the goal: let every child succeed, give them the best fit and the best environment with the best teacher that will help them succeed.” – Patricia Levesque"]

Episode Details:

  • On the results of the recent ExcelinEd survey on school choice
  • Patricia’s perspective on Governer DeSantis’s expansion of the Florida voucher program
  • Concerns about privatization of public education
  • What public education really means
  • Why Florida is a trendsetter on education policy
  • How the funding program will affect students from low-income families

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