Category Archives: FLORIDA POLITICS

Jeb Bush Calls POLITICO “Trash”, Yet Used Them to Advance Ed Policy Agenda in 2011

Last evening POLITICO printed a story from Florida-based journalist Marc Caputo that staffers from Jeb Bush’s campaign were shopping their resumes. Several Jeb Bush campaign workers are already shopping their résumés with Florida political consultants as expectations mount inside his … Continue reading

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This is Rich: Bush Worried About Dirty Tricks From Rubio

Didn’t Bush tell Marco Rubio just last week to stop whining about all those advertisements he’s been buying to attack him? Anyway, this from Alex Isenstadt in POLITICO: MANCHESTER, N.H. — With the hours counting down until the New Hampshire … Continue reading

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Jeb Bush’s Reckless Ambition “In Danger of Damaging Family Legacy of Goodwill Among Republicans”

If there was ever an actual republican establishment that could be identified in some tangible way it would be Jeb Bush’s massive Florida machine. Still the most influential republican politician in the state, Bush has maintained his relevancy through two … Continue reading

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The Shameful Irony of Jeb Bush’s Attempt to Destroy Marco Rubio

When Jeb Bush’s go-to political hit man Mike Murphy began unleashing the hounds on Marco Rubio, it’s fair to wonder if any of the state republican pols who backed Bush’s presidential run were horrified. If so, they’ve been silent. What … 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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