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How Two Wealthy Floridians Spent $2 Million During the 2014 Cycle to Control Education Legislation

On Friday Step Up for Students blog, redefinED, published a story about this year’s bill from the Florida House which SUFS writer Travis Pillow describes as a “funding” and  “accountability’ bill: Florida charter schools could face more scrutiny from school districts, … Continue reading

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Step Up for Students Misquotes Broward SB Member in Pro-Charter School Propaganda Hit Job

The Step Up for Students employees who write for their redefinED blog usually don’t  take quotes out of context to engage in political hackery, but they have now. Lets track the anatomy of a social media hit. At 630 AM this … Continue reading

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Was “Hacktivism” Behind the Denial of Service Attack on Florida’s Testing Contractor?

Last week’s denial of service hack on AIR, the contractor which administrates Florida’s new FSA tests took the state’s long and controversial testing saga to a place which no one really expected. With news that a similar attack took down … Continue reading

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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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When Jeb Bush Let His Own Charter School Fail

In a stunning letter to the editor of the Miami Herald, the former administrative assistant to the principal of Liberty City School tells the tragic story of the rise and fall of an inner city charter school. Alicia Banuchi writes: Michael … Continue reading

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Revisiting Gary Chartrand’s Conflicts of Interests

Florida Times-Union reporter Rhema Thompson has an excellent feature on the chairman of state board of education, Gary Chartrand and his many conflicts of interests which Floridians are expected to just brush aside: With his official term as chairman of … Continue reading

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Look How Easily a Take on Charter Schools From New Zealand Models Florida

From New Zealand online news aggregate Voxy.co.nz: In the USA, scandal after scandal has swept charter schools: poor teaching, poor facilities, financial scams, corruption, profiteering, abrupt closures of failed schools, political patronage, abuse…. Almost everything that could go wrong in … Continue reading

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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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Revisiting Rick Scott’s Charter School Crony Capitalism

Imagine Charter Schools boss Dennis Bakke was one of three charter school executives named to Rick Scott’s education transition team in 2010. The make-up of Scott’s team signaled that Scott was going nuclear on public schools. Only one representative of public … Continue reading

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Charter Schools’ USA Hillsborough Facililities Will Not Be Shuttered This Year…But

From Marlene Sokol in the Tampa Bay Times: TAMPA — Responding to concerned parents who learned last week that the Hillsborough County school district is challenging the legality of three charter schools, Superintendent MaryEllen Elia assured them Thursday that the … Continue reading

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