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Another Florida Legislative Session, Another Ethics Problem For a Republican Cashing in on Education Dollars

Powerful House education chair Rep. Marlene O’Toole (Lady Lakes-The Villages) complemented education commissioner Pam Stewart last week for her handling of FSA testing drama. She later counseled fellow lawmakers to not over react to complaints about it.  Florida republican legislators … Continue reading

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Influential Miami-Dade Superintendent Finds Selection of New Florida Tests “Insufficient”

StateImpact reporter John O’Connor has this: Miami-Dade schools superintendent Alberto Carvalho said the process by which Florida chose a new statewide exam was ‘insufficient’ and he questioned whether the test from the American Institutes for Research will be right for … Continue reading

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Will Weatherford Promises “Massive Expansion” of Florida Voucher Program

From Halifax Media Group reporter Zac Anderson in the Lakeland Ledger: (Rep. Will) Weatherford and (Don) Gaetz are continuing to push conservative-leaning education reforms, including more school vouchers and a greater focus on career and technical education that prepares students … Continue reading

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Using Taxpayer Dollars to Mislead Parents on Common Core

After reminding readers that Connecticut governor Daniel P. Malloy is on record as saying “I’ll settle for teaching to the test if it means raising test scores,” Wendy Lecker effectively slams the governor’s faith in tests and his plans to sell … Continue reading

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Georgia Drops Out of PARCC; Will Florida Soon Follow?

From Wayne Washington in the Atlanta-Journal Constitution:  Georgia leaders announced today that the state will not offer a new and expensive standardized test tied to the controversial set of national standards called Common Core. In rejecting the test, Gov. Nathan … Continue reading

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Charter School Parents Pull Trigger Then Get Sued By Charter School Management Corporation

Only in the twisted world of for-profit charter schools and their political handmaidens is this possible. From Sarasota Herald-Tribune reporter Gabrielle Russon: Principal Justin Matthews eagerly awaits Monday’s groundbreaking ceremony as he looks to further expand the biggest charter school in … Continue reading

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New Ethics Bill Would Ensnare Four Florida Legislators on Charter School Legislation

Senate president Don Gaetz was obviously referring to former House Speaker Ray Sansom last week in his interview with Florida Face to Face while making the case for ethics reform: Senate President Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, used the example of a lawmaker … Continue reading

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Florida’s “School Grades Remain a Function of Politics, Not Academics”

One can never expect Palm Beach Post editorialist Jac Versteeg to hold back in his ire for Florida education policies. This morning was no exception. In his sights were Florida’s school grades: Florida’s high school grades for last year are … Continue reading

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Charter Schools USA Got $6 Million More Than They Should Have During Tony Bennett’s Indiana Tenure

From reporter Dan Goldblatt of Indiana Public News: A Marion County judge has decided that the Indiana State Board of Education misappropriated several million dollars of funding to charter schools. The money was being withheld from Indianapolis Public Schools. When … Continue reading

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Florida GOP Pols Still Default to “Choice” Rhetoric As Justification for Education Policy

Orlando Sentinel  writer, Aaron Deslatte takes the next step in capturing the real story of the state’ education battles. Deslatte’s poignant column, “Campaign Could Turn On Whether GOP is Starving Schools – or Remaking Them” effectively encapsulates the policy, politics and the rhetoric. TALLAHASSEE – Has … Continue reading

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