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Will SB 616 Sponsor John Legg Be the One to Shepherd Through a Temporary Hold Harmless on Testing?

As the week begins, the republican-dominated Florida Senate is still characterized as having a “willingness” to go slowly on accountability provisions in Senator John Legg’s SB 616 testing reform bill. They are recognizing that the state’s new FSA tests are … Continue reading

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Uncertainty Remains in Senate on Hays-Simmons Hold Harmless Amendment to SB 616

Chatter from the Florida Senate was unusually quite over the weekend for a bill which would take in the most oxygen on the floor this week. Perhaps it’s because even senators aren’t sure what’s going on. From Lynn Hatter for … Continue reading

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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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Bullying as a Misdemeanor in Florida?

SaintPetersblog sent this interesting little blurb out in his invaluable Sunburn email alert: An effort to fight bullying would go beyond school lines in Florida law, under a measure (SB 548) filed Wednesday by Sen. David Simmons. The proposal says the offense … Continue reading

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Parent Trigger Hits “Local Control” Roadblock in Florida Senate

From Kathleen McGrory of the Times/Herald: As expected, Sen. Kelli Stargel‘s parent trigger bill won the support of the Senate appropriations panel Tuesday — and is now headed to the Senate floor. There was, however, one plot twist. At a … Continue reading

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Florida’s Dysfunctional Charter School Laws On Display in Orlando Scandal

Orlando Sentinel (login required) reporter Lauren Roth has this: The failed Orange County charter school that gave its principal a payout of $519,000 in taxpayer dollars after closing in June also paid her husband more than $460,000 during a five-year period, … Continue reading

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Scandalous Payoff to Failed Florida Charter School Principal Shocks….SHOCKS Legislators

While Rick Scott is telling Floridians he wants even more charter school expansion, another scandal erupts when it was learned a failed charter school principal received a $519,000 payoff. Writes Lauren Roth in the Orlando Sentinel: An Orange County charter … Continue reading

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The Morning After Defeating Florida’s Parent Trigger Bill

Lakeland republican senator Paula Dockery knew who the 20th vote was which would defeat parent trigger legislation in Florida. She said the evening before that the vote was 20-20. Opponents of the bill didn’t know who it was. But then … Continue reading

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Has Florida Republican Senator David Simmons Been Making the Case Against Parent Trigger?

Altamonte Springs republican senator David Simmons is an independent sort and shown that he doesn’t always talk the party line on education. Simmons was so concerned about public school funding levels last summer that he publicly called on Rick Scott to … Continue reading

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Parent Trigger Bill Reaches the End Game in Florida Senate Tomorrow Morning

UPDATE: (Correcting my speculative comments)   The bill will be going back to JD Alexander’s budget committee – not the PreK-12 budget committee. It will most certainly pass out of this committee after tomorrow morning’s meeting and reach the floor early … Continue reading

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