Category Archives: charter schools

When Liberals Blame Racism and Conservatives Blame Public Schools

I was hopeful this morning when I began to read a column by Naomi Schaefer Riley titled How to Save More At-Risk Kids in the NYPost.  In the often overly thick world of what educators refer to a pedagogy, “at-risk” broadly refers … Continue reading

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Step Up for Students Touts Pro-Charter School Study Financed by Walmart and Charter Schools USA Boss

With it’s last five of its last six posts written in support of the for-profit charter school industry and fresh off its weekend effort to smear a local school board who rejected them, Step Up for Students’ blog, redefinED no … Continue reading

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Scott’s Keep Florida Learning Committee Has Two Legislators – Both Republicans With Strong Charter School Ties

Here is the list from Jeffrey  Solochek in Gradebook: Education Commissioner Pam Stewart 2015 Florida Teacher of the Year: Christie Bassett, Polk County Legislator: Representative Manny Díaz, Jr., a Hialeah Republican who works for a charter school firm and heads … Continue reading

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Florida TaxWatch’s Weak, Unsubstantiated Position on Florida Class Sizes

The editors of the Daytona Beach News Journal have  a fair and even-handed opinion piece on the class size amendment debate going on in the state legislature, but they get one critical fact wrong. And it is one which Floridians … Continue reading

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When Jeb Bush Let His Own Charter School Fail

In a stunning letter to the editor of the Miami Herald, the former administrative assistant to the principal of Liberty City School tells the tragic story of the rise and fall of an inner city charter school. Alicia Banuchi writes: Michael … Continue reading

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Revisiting Gary Chartrand’s Conflicts of Interests

Florida Times-Union reporter Rhema Thompson has an excellent feature on the chairman of state board of education, Gary Chartrand and his many conflicts of interests which Floridians are expected to just brush aside: With his official term as chairman of … Continue reading

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Rick Scott’s Charter School Slush Fund(s)

Florida TaxWatch is a reliable tool of the state republican establishment and all things charter school, but they don’t falsify numbers. So let’s take a look at FTW’s review of Rick Scott’s proposal for education facility projects: Fixed Capital Outlay – … Continue reading

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Subtle Identity Politics of the School Choice Movement on Super Bowl Sunday

The school voucher movement’s political and propaganda arm is at work today. Step Up for Students is touting via twitter a TV advertisement by Hispanic CREO that will appear in Florida during today’s broadcast of the Super Bowl: MIAMI, FLA. – … Continue reading

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Look How Easily a Take on Charter Schools From New Zealand Models Florida

From New Zealand online news aggregate Voxy.co.nz: In the USA, scandal after scandal has swept charter schools: poor teaching, poor facilities, financial scams, corruption, profiteering, abrupt closures of failed schools, political patronage, abuse…. Almost everything that could go wrong in … Continue reading

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Step Up For Students Demonizes Florida School Boards – Assault on Local Control Continues

In pumping up former Florida senator John McCay’s supporting piece for vouchers in this morning’s Bradenton Herald, Step Up for Students executive Ron Matus tweeted: All #Florida parents should worry about @FloridaEA@FLSchoolBoards attack on #schoolchoice Step Up for Students is the … Continue reading

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