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Will Weatherford Promises “Massive Expansion” of Florida Voucher Program

From Halifax Media Group reporter Zac Anderson in the Lakeland Ledger: (Rep. Will) Weatherford and (Don) Gaetz are continuing to push conservative-leaning education reforms, including more school vouchers and a greater focus on career and technical education that prepares students … Continue reading

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More Dispatch for the FLDOE’s Charter School Superiority Study

There are few education writers who can claim to be peers of Walt Gardner. Earlier this  month, the former teacher effectively unmasked the half-truths the charter school industry are telling the nation. In a post titled Questioning Charter School Superiority, Gardner responded to one … Continue reading

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Jeb Bush’s Misleading Anti-Public School, Anti-Teacher Spew in Texas

So the Jeb Bush US Tour continued in Texas yesterday only this time with son, George in tow. From the Associated Press on KHOU.com. AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and his rising-political-star son, George P. Bush, … Continue reading

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A Call for a Moratorium on Cyber Charter Schools in PA

From a story last month from Public News Service of Pennsylvania: HARRISBURG, Pa. – Some Pennsylvania groups say cyber charter schools in the state aren’t making the grade, and they’re urging state education officials to impose a moratorium on any … Continue reading

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Prickly Bush Foundation CEO Responds to Mississippi Parent Advocate

Nancy Loome, the executive director of The Parents’ Campaign, sure got underneath Patricia Levesque’s skin. The CEO of Bush’s foundation wrote this in response to Loome’s December 31 editorial in the Jackson Clarion-Ledger: As executive director of The Parents’ Campaign, … Continue reading

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Violence, Abuse Documented at Florida, Pennsylvania For-Profit Schools

The school privatization juggernaut – cloaked under a shroud of false benevolence (It’s about students first) – received some indefensible bad press this weekend in two state’s key to their movement. First from Florida in an Alexandra Zayas story in … Continue reading

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Even Sen. John Thrasher Questions Academica Charter Schools’ St. Johns County Bid

Well, it’s because they like to cherry-pick students, Senator. And they think they can do so because they dropped $100,000 into choice-privatization zealot, John Kirtley’s PAC before the primary earlier this month. . But John Thrasher’s  puzzlement is still a bit of a … Continue reading

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It Really Doesn’t Matter Who Is Named Next Florida Ed Commish

Gerard Robinson found out real fast that he wasn’t needed for policy. Someone else does that. Writes retired school administrator and current chair of Florida School Choice Parent Advisory Council, Bill Person, in the Tampa Tribune: I found your recent editorial … Continue reading

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Jeb Bush Covers ZZ Top on His US Ed Reform Rock Tour Show in Mississippi

ZZ Top’s tribute to Mississippi blues icon Howlin’ Wolf, My Heads in Mississippi opens thus: I’m shufflin’ thru the Texas sand, But my head’s in Mississippi. I’m shufflin’ thru the Texas sand, But my head’s in Mississippi. The blues has got … Continue reading

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Florida GOP Pols Still Default to “Choice” Rhetoric As Justification for Education Policy

Orlando Sentinel  writer, Aaron Deslatte takes the next step in capturing the real story of the state’ education battles. Deslatte’s poignant column, “Campaign Could Turn On Whether GOP is Starving Schools – or Remaking Them” effectively encapsulates the policy, politics and the rhetoric. TALLAHASSEE – Has … Continue reading

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