Ron Matus

Ron Matus is director for policy and public affairs at Step Up for Students and a former editor of redefinED. He joined Step Up in February 2012 after 20 years in journalism, including eight years as…

This rural Florida homeschool co-op found out: If you build it, they will come

(reimaginED) – Sandra Shoffner dreamed of starting a homeschool co-op, but she never imagined the reception it would get when it finally happened. Dozens of parents attended the first open… Read More

September 26, 2022
Homeschools, Legislation
This family needs education choice for all its children, not just some

(reimaginED) – The Hay family represents two compelling education choice stories at once: Education choice works in rural areas, and It’d work even better if everyone had the means to… Read More

September 19, 2022
School choice in rural Florida is growing

(reimaginED) – Liberty County is half covered by a national forest. It’s wall-to-wall pine trees. Its only incorporated city has 996 people, and they’re outnumbered by bears. Even… Read More

July 26, 2022
Micro-school pioneer: If I can do it, so can you

(reimaginED) – Before all the buzz about learning pods and micro-schools, some folks were already creating learning pods and micro-schools. Jaime Manfra went down this path 10 years ago. Her… Read More

May 3, 2022
Christian Schools, Legislation
Yes, school choice works in rural areas

(reimaginED) – For school choice opponents across America who say school choice can’t work in rural areas, say hi to Hope Rural School! Hope Rural School is a PreK-5… Read More

April 21, 2022