Category Archives: EDUCATION

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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Not so fast, Betsy!

Betsy DeVos, President-elect Trump’s nominee to be Secretary of State, took a page from her new boss’ playbook and went directly to the people via Twitter about Common Core. Many of you are asking about Common Core. To clarify, I … Continue reading

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Did Jeb Bush Recommend Betsy DeVos to Be Trump’s Secretary of Education?

On Sunday, Tampa Bay Times Washington Bureau Chief Alex Leary reported that former Florida governor Jeb Bush called to congratulate President-Elect Donald Trump: They had a very productive call and Gov. Bush was extremely gracious congratulating Mr. Trump on his … Continue reading

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Florida Republican Senator Rips Bush Foundation With “I’m Over You”

While Lutz republican senator John Legg is justifiably being complemented by many teachers this morning for the improvements to Florida’s test-based accountability system he managed in SB 616, he subtly revealed that Jeb Bush still holds far too much sway … Continue reading

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The Breaking Republican Senate Coalition on Testing

Nobody really knew that Tampa republican senator Tom Lee felt as he did on Florida’s high-stakes testing regime until yesterday when he took to the senate floors made these comments during debate on SB 616: Senator Lee: We’ve gotten an … Continue reading

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Will SB 616 Sponsor John Legg Be the One to Shepherd Through a Temporary Hold Harmless on Testing?

As the week begins, the republican-dominated Florida Senate is still characterized as having a “willingness” to go slowly on accountability provisions in Senator John Legg’s SB 616 testing reform bill. They are recognizing that the state’s new FSA tests are … Continue reading

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Uncertainty Remains in Senate on Hays-Simmons Hold Harmless Amendment to SB 616

Chatter from the Florida Senate was unusually quite over the weekend for a bill which would take in the most oxygen on the floor this week. Perhaps it’s because even senators aren’t sure what’s going on. From Lynn Hatter for … Continue reading

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How Two Wealthy Floridians Spent $2 Million During the 2014 Cycle to Control Education Legislation

On Friday Step Up for Students blog, redefinED, published a story about this year’s bill from the Florida House which SUFS writer Travis Pillow describes as a “funding” and  “accountability’ bill: Florida charter schools could face more scrutiny from school districts, … Continue reading

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The Well-Financed Effort to Marginalize and Intimidate Opt-Out Parents

Though she resigned as chair late last year, last week’s Tweet from Students First was pure Michelle Rhee: Will the #optout movement realize it’s fighting a losing cause? In its Tweet, Students First links to an opinion piece from one … Continue reading

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Selective Data and Outrage from the Bush Foundation Discredited By Those “Devious Plans to Undermine Class-Size Amendment”

Writing for Jeb Bush’s Foundation for Excellence in Education, Mike Thomas bemoans Florida’s class size amendment as a “$30 billion mistake.” What sounded good on a ballot turned chaotic when implemented to the letter of the law. We now have … Continue reading

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