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IRS Targeting, the Atlanta Cheating Scandal and the Bush-Rhee High-Stakes Test Model

Imagine for a minute that the opposite is true and that the United States abruptly switched from a flat tax to the federal tax code we have now? Frightening huh? Yet this is essentially what the nation’s two top education policy-makers … Continue reading

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Rhee Needs Parent Trigger More than Parent Trigger Needs Her

Ann Kane and M. Catharine Evans have been chronicling Michelle Rhee’ s story since she was DC schools chancellor in the influential conservative website American Thinker. While I’ve not always agreed with their conclusions, they’ve been spot of with their … Continue reading

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The Stonewall to Protect Michelle Rhee and Teach for America

One time Michelle Rhee apologist, Jay Mathews, predicted a cover-up. He got one. Wrote Mathews in June of the snail’s pace of the DC inspector generals investigation of test-cheating which occurred on Rhee’s watch as DC chancellor: What about all those erasures? … Continue reading

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Some Inconvenient History for a Teach for America Alum, Jeb Bush and Parent Trigger Advocates

Matt Minnick wasn’t alone in being less than forthcoming about who he was when he testified before the Florida Senate Budget Committee’s March 3rd  hearing on SB 1718 . An AFL-CIO lobbyist wasn’t either. The one-time Teach for America corps member turned … Continue reading

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Why Mavericks Charter Schools Got Some ‘Splainin’ to Do

UPDATE after the bump at the end. Alternative newspaper NewTimes has done the heavy reporting and has unmasked the massive, unregulated fraud that exists in Florida’s education privatization industry. This summer’s NewTimes story about the abuse of McCay scholarships gives them significant street … Continue reading

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Herman Cain’s Naive Education Platform of Flawed Assumptions

Herman Cain’s ascendency to the top-tier of Republican presidential candidates occurred last week with his surprising victory in Florida’s straw poll. It’s understandable that Americans might find an impressive man of accomplishment like Cain a desirable alternative to professional politicians. The idea that Washington … Continue reading

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About Those Atlanta NAEP Scores Beverly Hall Said Were So Good

Even during the aftermath of the Atlanta cheating scandal, APS’s former superintendent Beverly Hall continued to defend the district’s academic record. Not so fast says Binghamton University Professor Lawrence C. Stedman: The Atlanta Public Schools system has been rocked by … Continue reading

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While Hosting Adult Parties During After School Hours, Miami Charter School Went from F to A Last Year

Miami charter school Balere Langauge Academy, went from an F to an A last year and was one of the schools recognized by the Florida Department of Education as one of it’s success stories. They were one of 13 Florida schools which … Continue reading

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Putting Tests First in Florida

Jada Bryant-Roland – the Fort Myers teenager whose FCAT score was invalidated because it couldn’t be proved she didn’t cheat – gained an ally in her home town paper. The Fort Myers News-Press editors write: Bryant-Roland, a 17-year-old honor student at … Continue reading

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Florida Student’s FCAT Score Invalidated Because They Couldn’t Prove She DIDN’T Cheat

You can’t make this up: South Fort Myers High School senior Jada Bryant-Roland has been waiting all summer to hear from the state Department of Education whether her academic record has been cleared, or smeared. The decision is in: Smeared. … Continue reading

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