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Florida Chamber of Commerce Legislative Goals: Merit Pay, Union Busting and Protecting High-Stakes Testing

After cutting through lofty platitudes in their legislative agenda the FCOC include these talking points about education. First in their letter to “Letter to Florida Business Leaders” *Education reform is hurting because union leaders make it about the adults when it … Continue reading

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Florida Lawmaker Proposes Amendment to Require Teacher Salaries Meet National Average

From WTXL in Tallahassee: TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL)–Florida teachers pockets may be getting a little fatter by 2015. Hoping to put that in the lawbooks..this upcoming legislative session. Senator Joseph Abruzzo, (D) 25, Palm Beach, Florida proposed a constitutional amendment that … Continue reading

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Florida’s “School Grades Remain a Function of Politics, Not Academics”

One can never expect Palm Beach Post editorialist Jac Versteeg to hold back in his ire for Florida education policies. This morning was no exception. In his sights were Florida’s school grades: Florida’s high school grades for last year are … Continue reading

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The “Deceit Behind Raising the Bar” in Florida

College english professor and newspaperman John Young unpacks the flawed rhetoric of Florida’s education policy-makers by using a letter-to-the-editor from Florida student Alyssa Sturgeon. The Vero Beach fourth-grader wrote the Vero Beach Press Journal to ask how the state could flunk 73 … Continue reading

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Why Rick Scott Can’t Heed the Gaineville Sun’s Call to Seek Plan B on Education

In the aftermath of the Alachua school board adopting a resolution against high-stakes tests, the editors of the Gainesville Sun say its time for Rick Scott to lead the state away from its current hyper testing mandates. What should be … Continue reading

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FEA Files Complaint Against State Board of Education on SB 736

From Jeff Solochek in Gradebook: The Florida Education Association is contending that the state Board of Education hasn’t created appropriate rules to do the lawmakers’ will. “We believe they’ve written it in such a way that no one really can … Continue reading

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NOT So Important to Swing State Voters in November: Vouchers, School Choice and Merit Pay

A fascinating survey from the College Board is getting significant play from the education media. Joy Resmovits  reported yesterday of the survey’s interesting focus on what swing state voters were saying about education policy. So did Education Week reporter Alyson Klein … Continue reading

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Michelle Rhee Took DCPS Financial Backers With Her and Left Taxpayers Holding the Merit Pay Bag

Huffington Post education reporter Joy Resmovits tracked down Michelle Rhee’s financiers earlier this month. They include two who’ve  pulled their support for DCPS once Rhee left to go solo. Until now, identifying Rhee’s usually anonymous donors has been largely a guessing game. But recent … Continue reading

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How Michelle Rhee Orchaestrated a Deceitful Billionaire Bait and Switch

Washington Post reporter Bill Torque takes a close look at the DCPS budget and notes there’s a serious difference between Michelle Rhee’s budget and that of her successor,  Kaya Henderson. One of the more striking line items on the operating … Continue reading

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Anti-Teacher Union Rhetoric Is Not Supported by Test Data

No education reform rock start can get through a few sentences without playing the “union” card. Walt Gardner makes mince meat of the argument by pointing to those NAEP results they quote so much: ……if teachers unions are responsible for low student achievement, then students … Continue reading

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