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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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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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Inside Rick Scott’s Budget Proposals For Education

Writing for PolitiFact, the joint Miami Herald-Tampa Bay Times venture, Joshua Gillin and Amy Sherman have a useful overview of Florida Governor Rick Scott’s budgetary initiatives for education. There’s good and bad. Let’s take a look: (Scott) pledged to investigate every … 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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Patricia Levesque’s Shameful Hypocrisy on School Grades

Perhaps the top policy wonk for Jeb Bush’s education foundations feels she can flex her muscles as her boss is raking in so much cash for a presidential run. Patricia Levesque is back and acting as if every policy must be run … Continue reading

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Rick Scott’s Charter School Slush Fund(s)

Florida TaxWatch is a reliable tool of the state republican establishment and all things charter school, but they don’t falsify numbers. So let’s take a look at FTW’s review of Rick Scott’s proposal for education facility projects: Fixed Capital Outlay – … Continue reading

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Florida Republicans Continue to Cut Pre-K Funding

Early Learning Coalition of Hillsborough County CEO Dave McGerald writes to the editors of the Tampa Bay Times: Let’s do the math on voluntary prekindergarten funding. When the VPK program began in 2005, the per pupil rate was $2,500 per … 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 Scorched Earth Propaganda Campaign to Demonize Florida’s Voucher Challenge

Perhaps the advocates of Florida’s school voucher program senses real danger in the lawsuit which is challenging the constitutionality the law. Travis Pillow of redefinED provides this background: The lawsuit, filed in late August by the statewide teachers union, the Florida … Continue reading

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