In this episode of podcastED, Step Up For Students President Doug Tuthill and Florida Senate Education Committee Chairman Manny Diaz, R-Hialeah, discuss how public education shifts are ramping up due in part to COVID-19.
Among other topics, Tuthill and Diaz discuss policy changes that will be required to allow families to continue to educate their children based on subject competency rather than brick-and-mortar seat time. Both believe the expansion of Education Scholarship Accounts will provide families key flexibility.
Diaz: “Families will discover they can be more effective and more efficient with their time … more seat time doesn’t mean more learning.”
· How public and private schools alike have innovated on the fly to remain open during the pandemic
· Florida’s unique position as a leader in education choice, which will allow for policy flexibility for families now and in the future
· Florida Virtual School, its work in Alaska, and its competency-based model of learning vs. traditional seat-time learning
· Funding and policy shifts that must occur, including expansion of Education Scholarship Accounts