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The Fatal Flaws of Rick Scott and Jeb Bush’s Tests: Florida Kids Aren’t College Ready

As former Florida governor Jeb Bush has been anointed king of kings on education policy and is now doing TV spots to save Rick Scott’s reelection bid, its only fair to include his name in such headlines. But the well-financed … Continue reading

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Outgoing Florida District Administrator Rips Test-Dominated Accountability System as “Reckless” and “Not Good For Children”

From Jeffrey Solochek in the Tampa Bay Times: In resigning from Pasco County schools, outgoing assistant superintendent Amelia Larson submitted a three-page letter to the superintendent and School Board chairwoman detailing her passion for education and her strong concerns about … Continue reading

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Florida Parents: “You’ll Soon Be Told Your Schools Stink”

Writes columnist Scott Maxwell in the Orlando Sentinel: Get ready, parents. There’s a good chance you will soon be told your schools stink.. Almost all of them. Even the best ones. We’re talking rampant F- and D-rated schools throughout the … Continue reading

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What Bobby Jindal Says That Rick Scott Won’t and Charlie Crist Can’t

Make no mistake. Bobby Jindal never met a piece of school choice legislation he didn’t like. And he is no friend of his state’s teachers union. But it is his position against Common Core Standards which separates him from Republican … Continue reading

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Mouthpieces For Jeb Bush Launch Transparent Political Attack on Teacher Unions

It’s doubtful that two state education chiefs wrote the recent Washington Post column which claimed that teacher unions were “sacrificing higher standards to avoid accountability.”What’s more of a political hit piece was most likely crafted by the hacks at Jeb … Continue reading

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High-Stakes Tests, English Language Learners and Florida Voucher Expansion

Tampa Tribune reporter Anastasia Dawson is emerging as one of Florida’s top education reporters. Even though FCAT was administered for the last time in March, Dawson writes how one vulnerable group still stands to be imperiled by the state’s end-all … Continue reading

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How Vouchers Killed Education Accountability for Florida Taxpayers

Writes Scott Maxwell in the Orlando Sentinel: “The Return of the Living Dead” was a hoot. “Shaun of the Dead” and “Zombieland” perfected the concept of Zom-Coms. And “Warm Bodies” — with its love story between a brain-eater and non-brain-eater … Continue reading

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Jeb Bush’s “Seperate-But-Unequal Educational Choice System”

Scathing Purple Musings won’t have to add much to Tom Romano’s take-down in the Tampa Bay Times of legislation which expanded Florida’s school voucher system. Students, teachers and administrators are seemingly held captive by standardized tests in public schools, and yet tax … Continue reading

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Step Up for Students Commissions Second Opinion Piece from Minority Member of Its Board to Defend Vouchers

Step Up Students, the administrative agent dependent on cash from Florida’s voucher system to survive, went into panic mode when Dr. Rosa Castro-Feinberg’s column was published three days ago. The influential education leader penned a blistering point-by-point critique of the … Continue reading

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Florida Republican Lawmakers Moving Toward “Unequal Treatment” of State Schools

Florida republican lawmakers were scolded this week by the Tampa Bay Times for voting “twice to lessen accountability for private-run charter schools and sidestep calls for more accountability for private schools that accept tuition vouchers.” So much for local control. … Continue reading

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