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Can I Still Apply for a McKay Scholarship for Children with Disabilities?

by The Broach School of Jacksonville on 07/03/13

YES!!!!Today, July 3, 2013 is the last day to file your intent to apply for the Florida McKay Scholarship in order to receive full funding for the 2013-2014 school year.
McKay is paid out quarterly, so you can still file an intent if you miss the deadline as long as it is filed 60 days prior to the next legislatively set payment date; however, you will not receive the full amount.
If you did file your intent by today, then you have until August 2, 2013 to choose a private school.  To find out more information go to:
To understand the McKay Scholarship for children with disabilities, I have created an infographic that may help.


Is Education Killing Creativity?

by The Broach School of Jacksonville on 07/01/13

Sir Ken Robinson, an international advisor on education has said, “Everyday our children spread our dreams beneath our feet.  It is our responsibility to tread lightly so we don’t squash their dreams.”

What is creativity? Is it just art, or imagination or is it also problem solving. It is all of these things. Children are born with the gift of curiosity and imagination.  Why does that change as they get older? Pablo Picasso said ““Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up”

How does education affect creativity? If we are teaching to a test instead of teaching to learn, then we risk all the possibilities for a child to explore.  With the implement of the FCAT more and more schools are forced to focus on scores.  Those scores are now tied to a teacher’s pay. As defined by the National Center for Learning Disabilities, “children with learning disabilities receive, process, store, respond to and communicate information differently”. It has nothing to do with how smart they are and so testing for them is not always a true evaluation of their learning.

We need to empower our children’s creativity and as Sir Robinson has said “water it with all its seeds of possibilities”. Our focus needs to shift from testing to learning, understanding that children learn in different ways, giving life to creativity.

To read more about this and hear first hand from Sir Ken Robinson, go to:

Deadline for Step Up For Students Scholarship is June 28th!

by The Broach School of Jacksonville on 06/25/13

Time is running out to apply for the Step Up For Students Scholarship for the 2012-2013 school year. If you are a new applicant, you must apply no later than Friday, June 28th by 5pm.

"How do I know if I qualify?" Step Up For Students provides scholarships up to $4,880 per child K-12 for families in Florida with low-incomes. It gives equal opportunity to families that feel that their child or children would benefit from a private school or different public school.

More than 271,000 scholarships have been awarded since 2002 and because they are in such high demand, don't miss out on this opportunity!

To apply for the first time or for renewing go to:

Apply Today!

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