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Jeb Bush is Against Federal Control Except When It Can Advance His Agenda

From Mark Caputo in POLITICO: TALLAHASSEE — Bashing teacher unions and calling for more school choice, Jeb Bush gave one of his trademark wonkish policy speeches Tuesday that had one clear omission: “Common Core.” The educational standards, which the likely … Continue reading

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Did Step Up for Students Buy Florida Voucher Expansion?

At some point, the Republican-dominated Florida senate was going to be able to impose their will on expanding Florida’s voucher system. Few legislators have fought against what’s now become a clear effort by Republican lawmakers to eliminate public schools as … Continue reading

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AIR’s Connections to Florida’s “Miserable” VAM Scores

Lakeland Ledger columnist Glenn Marston dug deeper into Florida’s new testing contractor: More concerning about AIR’s Florida connections is the miserable teacher-grading program it created for the state, known as the value-added model. The inconclusive teacher evaluations are useless. The Tampa … Continue reading

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Common Core “Jerkitude”

From conservative columnist Michelle Malkin: This week’s award for Biggest Common Core Jerk goes to Missouri GOP state legislator Mike Lair. Parents, teachers and administrators who object to the government education “standards” racket — which usurps local control, impedes academic … Continue reading

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State Education Chiefs Can’t Withdraw From Data Sharing – Even If They Wanted

Writes Dr. Karen Effrem, President of Education Liberty Watch and co-founder of the Florida Stop Common Core Coalition in Truth in American Education: On January 23rd, 2014, thirty-four chief state school officers sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Education … Continue reading

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What It’s Like For States Not Burdened by Common Core

Florida wisely dropped the legislature’s bad idea to require Algebra II last year only to have its education commissioner tweak Common Core by putting in Calculus standards, a math domain two levels above the course the state bagged the year … Continue reading

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The New York Common Core Story That Frightens Florida GOP Lawmakers

It’s come to this in New York: To say John King Jr. is New York’s embattled education commissioner is an understatement. A statewide teachers’ union is making plans to take an unprecedented no-confidence vote against him. New York State United … Continue reading

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Sorry, Charlie. You Need to Walk Back Your Common Core Position

To be fair, Charlie Crist got everything else right in his September editorial on education policy that appeared in the Tampa Bay Times . Except, that is, on Common Core. Writes Crist: ….Gov. Rick Scott needs to get off the … 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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Miami Herald Gets it Wrong on Common Core Opposition

Few dispute that most of the professional journalists who staff the state’s top newspapers lean democrat and leftward. It often becomes obvious in their reporting on Common Core. Consider this from the editors of the Miami Herald: In January, the … Continue reading

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