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The Sunshine State Isn’t the Standard

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos shouldn't champion Florida's school voucher programs as a model for the nation.

In a recent interview, U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos pointed to Florida as a “good and growing example of what can happen when you have a robust array of [school] choices.” These choices include traditional public schools, charter schools and private schools, including voucher programs to fund private school tuition. Although Florida certainly has an array of options, the effects of voucher programs and Florida’s statewide student achievement cast doubt over the state’s ostensible exemplar status.

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Laura Jimenez

Director, Standards and Accountability

Samantha Batel

Senior Policy Analyst