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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
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
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
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
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
From the Florida Times Union: Duval Public Schools called off testing again today, the fourth day that tens of thousands of students across Florida were supposed to be writing essays for the state’s new online annual exams. This is the … Continue reading
From NW Florida Daily News reporters Katie Tammen: Santa Rosa County School District didn’t have any major issues but Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick said he was beyond frustrated with the situation playing out across the state. “What aggravates me the most … Continue reading
Writing for PolitiFact, the joint Miami Herald-Tampa Bay Times venture, Joshua Gillin and Amy Sherman have a useful overview of Florida Governor Rick Scott’s budgetary initiatives for education. There’s good and bad. Let’s take a look: (Scott) pledged to investigate every … Continue reading
Niceville senator Don Gaetz knows better, but the live TV opportunity was too good to pass up. When FEA vice president Joanne McCall testified earlier this month that teachers weren’t generally against testing, Gaetz retorted that the FEA hasn’t supported … Continue reading
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