- The Center for Education Reform gave Florida’s education system top honors on Monday
- The Sunshine State drew high marks in several areas, scoring 94.6% and leading all 50 states and the District of Columbia
- The Center for Education Reform’s 2022 Parent Power Index rates the states on the degree to which they enable parents to control their children’s education
Governor Ron DeSantis announced on Monday that Florida is the number one state in the country for parent involvement, according to the Center for Education Reform’s Parent Power! Index (PPI!).
“Parental involvement is important to a child’s success both in school and in life, and in Florida we are proud to protect parents’ right to be involved in a child’s education,” said DeSantis. “This recognition continues to show that Florida is a national leader in school choice, parent empowerment, and education as a whole.”
The annual PPI! report, which debuted in 1999, measures the extent to which states have policies in place that put students first, value the unique needs of every family, and empower parents to oversee their child’s education. Each state was ranked using three criteria: choice programs, charter schools, and innovation.
According to the analysis, Florida scored 94.6%, leading all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The Sunshine State drew high marks in several areas, ranking first in the nation for digital and personalized learning and school choice programs, second in the nation for charter schools, and third in the nation for teacher quality.
“Florida will always protect the right of parents to raise their children how they best see fit,” said Department of Education Commissioner Manny Diaz, Jr. “We are proud to offer a variety of educational options for parents without limitations due to location or income. As the rest of the nation follows the leadership of Governor Ron DeSantis, the Department of Education will continue to support initiatives that uphold parental rights and expand school choice.”
The report also noted that Florida received high scores for leadership, COVID-19 response, and transparency
For the full 2022 Parent Power! Index Report, click here.