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Florida’s Ed Reformers Are Only Telling Half the Story on Common Core

Fresh of her stint as interim Education Commissioner for Florida, Pam Stewart is out working on her ed reformer bona fides as has penned a gushing column on Common Core for the St. Augustine Record: In a guest column in … Continue reading

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Florida Parent Groups United in Urging Scott to Reject “Political Applicants” for Ed Commissioner

Jeff Solochek has this in Gradebook: Nine parent leaders representing advocacy organizations across Florida sent a letter to Gov. Rick Scott today urging him to reject all three of the finalists for the education commissioner job. The group appeals to … Continue reading

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What the Selection of Florida’s Next Schools Commissioner Will Tell Us

Gerard Robinson’s mysterious departure remains a blemish on Rick Scott’s record and an embarrassment for Jeb Bush. The ongoing collapse  of Bush’s massive accountability system is happening on Scott’s watch. Robinson was clearly never right for the job and his selection can be attributed … Continue reading

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Rick Scott Says Making Education Commissioner an Elected Official Makes it Too Political

Proponents of Florida’s public schools reflexively take the opposite side of any position Rick Scott takes on education policy. If Rick Scott thinks that making education commissioner an elected official again is a bad idea, its a good idea. Although … Continue reading

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Will Florida’s Ed Commissioner Become an Elected Official Again? Or is this a Decoy for Parent Trigger Legislation?

Yes, if two republican legislators have their way. LAKELAND | Two legislators have filed a proposed amendment to the Florida Constitution that would return the appointed post of commissioner of education to an elected one. The commissioner and the Department … Continue reading

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About that Trip Eric Smith Took With Pearson

Former Education Commissioner Eric Smith is back in the news again, but not in a way he probably likes. A New York Times report in September identified Smith as one of the state education leaders who went on elaborate trips … Continue reading

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Former Florida Education Commissioner Eric Smith Among Group For Whom Pearson Sponsored Extravagant Overseas Trips

While reporting a 31 percent gain in profits this year, education corporate giant Pearson was paying for state education commissioners from all over the country to fly overseas to attend their conferences. Included in the list was former Florida education commissioner … Continue reading

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Florida GOP Senator Files Legislation to Make Ed Commissioner an Elected Official

Hmmmmm. TALLAHASSEE — Sen. Joe Negron, R-Stuart, has filed legislation that would make the education commissioner an elected official and a member of the Cabinet, essentially stripping future governors of any influence he or she may have over the commissioner. … Continue reading

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The Rick Scott-Michelle Rhee-Charter USA Pep Rally Debacle

It was clear from the start the decision from Charter USA to bus in 2000 teachers and administrators to a Michelle Rhee-Rick Scott rally  on Thursday was a bad idea. With media coverage and outrage by public school officials on record … Continue reading

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New Jersey’s Simmering Cheating Scandal, Broad Foundation Alum Chris Cerf, and Jeb Bush’s Chiefs for Change

While Atlanta’s cheating scandal is revealing itself to  be a witch’s cauldron of conspiracy,  New Jersey’s slowly is gaining heat. Writes Bob Ingle, senior political columnist for the New Jersey Press Media: They’ve been keeping track of test answer erasures … Continue reading

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