Tag Archives: Bill Galvano

Why Alan Hays Pulled His Amendment Which Protected Florida Students From Invalid FSA Tests

During yesterday’s Senate Appropriations Committee hearing, and quick little sidebar away from the microphones occurred between four senators. The sponsor of the senate version (SB 616) of high-stakes testing reform, Senator John Legg was huddled with Senator’s David Simmons, Bill … Continue reading

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Florida Senate Voucher Sponsor Earmarked $2.3 Million for Voucher Eligible Sports Academy

From Matt Dixon in the Tampa Tribune: TALLAHASSEE _ Powerful state Sen. Bill Galvano says he had nothing to do with a client of his private law firm securing millions during the 2013 legislative session, but a state budget document … Continue reading

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Orlando Sentinel: “Don’t Grow Vouchers Without Accountability”

After referring to themselves as “veteran observers of the political Animal House that is Tallahassee,” the editors of the Orlando Sentinel write: No doubt, Sen. Bill Galvano was in full John “Bluto” Blutarsky mode when he slipped language at the eleventh … Continue reading

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Florida Voucher Proponents Gave Up Everything to Keep From Being Held Accountable

The Senate version of voucher expansion serves as a stunning rebuke of SFO agent, Step Up for Students, and one which will keep it  from expanding and further enriching its executives. Lynn Hatter explains in WFSU‘s website: Sen. Bill Galvano (R-Bradenton) … Continue reading

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Galvano’s Back Channel Amendment Allows Florida Voucher Schools to Dodge Accountability

The only thing that’s missing from Florida’s voucher mouthpieces and the politicians doing their bidding is a Russian accent voiceover: “Our bouchers kidz take deeffarent tests. Tests just azz good. Same ding.” And they may just get away with it, … Continue reading

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Why Voucher Expansion Really Died in the Florida Senate

The following is Bob Sikes’ Context Florida piece that was published on March 24. Sen. Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, explained away the withdrawal of his Senate version of voucher expansion with “there just wasn’t enough time to develop accountability provisions that … Continue reading

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Top Florida Charter School Lobbyist Now Fundraising for Senate Education Budget Writer

From Matt Dixon in the St. Augustine Record: TALLAHASSEE — A lobbyist who until recently represented a host of charter-school organizations has been hired to do political work for the Senate’s top education budget-writer, state Sen. Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton. Nancy … Continue reading

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Turning Private Information of Florida’s Children Over to the Education for Profit Industry

It’s quickly moved under the radar, and SB 878 will be considered by the Senate Appropriations today. Misleading titled Education Accountability on the senate website, Sen. Bill Galvano’s (R-Bradenton) bill follows adjustments Sec. of Education Arne Duncan made to the Federal … Continue reading

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