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“The final quarter of the year is known as testing season”

The final quarter  won’t actually get under way until the end of March. Still, FEA president Andy Ford’s narrative of facts on the ground he includes  in a column for the Orlando Sentinel is a useful one We’ve begun the new … Continue reading

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If Only Florida Republican Legislators Had Actually Listened to Teachers

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

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Janet Adkins’ False Testimony on Common Core and Raw Hypocricy on Accountability

Rep. Janet Adkins (R-Fernandina Beach) heard the applause from the gallery after a public school teacher’s testimony against Florida’s continued devotion to high-stakes tests. It was the only time anyone drew such a reaction during Monday’s House Education Appropriations hearing on … Continue reading

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Florida VAM Scores: The Most Meaningless Teacher Evaluation Exercise Ever?

So writes Valerie Strauss in the Washington Post: There are numerous problems with using VAM scores for high-stakes decisions, but in this particular release of data, the most obvious and perhaps the most egregious one is this: Some 70 percent … Continue reading

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How $1.9 Million From the Race to the Top Grant Was Used as a Propaganda Tool For the Florida Model

Jeff Solochek of Gradebook calls attention to those reading scores everyone’s been bragging about for the last month. Florida’s fourth graders are the second-best readers in the world, Gov. Rick Scott claimed during a recent discussion with black lawmakers. That’s pretty … Continue reading

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Florida Media Finally Shines the Light on Voucher, Charter School and Online Education Money in Florida Politics

The narrative the Florida media is advancing on education policy has changed. And not in a way which is favorable for the state’s education power brokers. Jeff Solochek published a column in the Tampa Bay Times on the last day … Continue reading

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The Visions of Common Core Standards Which Dance in the Heads Florida’s Leaders Doesn’t Snuff Out the Reality of More Tests

Associated Press reporter Bill Kaczor takes  a comprehensive look at Florida’s transition to national Common Core Standards. Interim state education commissioner Pam Stewart glows predictably as Common Core “is about the skills required in Florida.” This description by Kaczor sums up why … Continue reading

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FEA to File Lawsuit Against Scott, Florida Legislature

From WOKV: The state’s largest teachers’ union says they’re ready to take Governor Rick Scott and the Republican-led legislature to court over a new law that ties teacher pay to student test scores, and ends future tenure. But, John Kennedy … Continue reading

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