Teachers unions are worried sick after they got this bad news from Ron DeSantis

Jun 6, 2024

Ron DeSantis has turned Florida into the top state in the country for education.

Now the emphasis in schools is on education instead of indoctrination.

And Teachers unions are worried sick after they got this bad news from Ron DeSantis.

School choice thriving in Florida under Ron DeSantis

Government schools have had a monopoly on education in Florida for decades.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed into law a landmark bill that expanded school choice in the state last year.

That made the Sunshine State one of the national leaders for educational freedom.

Students have the choice to attend the school that best fits their needs instead of being stuck in failing schools because of their zip code.

“Every parent should have meaningful options for their child’s education,” DeSantis said earlier this year. “Not every school is gonna work for every kid.”

POLITICO noted that school choice is thriving in Florida under DeSantis.

“They [DeSantis and Florida Republicans] have been wildly successful, with tens of thousands more children enrolling in private or charter schools or homeschooling,” POLITICO reported.

Government schools are in competition with private schools, charter schools, and homeschooling in Florida.

Money follows students to the school they choose to attend.

“We need some big changes throughout the country,” DeSantis said at the Florida Homeschool Convention in Kissimmee. “Florida has shown a blueprint, and we really can be an engine for that as other states work to adopt a lot of the policies that we’ve done.”

Now failing government school districts are facing the possibility of shutting down buildings and reallocating resources as they lose students.

Government schools struggling to compete with the alternative

Government schools are being forced to improve if they want to be able to attract students who now have educational options.

“Education officials in some of the state’s largest counties are looking to scale back costs by repurposing or outright closing campuses — including in Broward, Duval and Miami-Dade counties,” POLITICO reported.

The Florida Department of Education found that charter school enrollment increased by 68,000 students from the 2019-2020 school year to this year.

And one-third of that increase was in Broward, Duval, and Miami-Dade counties.

Charter school lobbyist Chris Moya said that government schools are learning what it is like to compete.

“If your product is better, you’ll be fine. The problem is, they are a relic of the past — a monopolized system where you have one option,” Moya said. “And when parents have options, they vote with their feet.”

Applications for vouchers to attend private schools have doubled over the past year in Florida.

Duval County schools have lost thousands of students, and the district is facing the possibility of closing some schools because of declining enrollment.

“The money follows the student and the family. It’s not embedded in a certain system or a certain framework,” DeSantis said after a question about potential school closures in Duval. “And so, the student and the family will be making those decisions.”

Florida has undergone an education revolution that empowers parents and students under Ron DeSantis.

DeSantis Daily will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.

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