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Florida Ed Commissioner Gerard Robinson’s Transparent Rhetoric

Over a period of 48 hours, Gerard Robinson has twice attempted to deflect criticism for his plan to turn Florida’s school grade formula upside down. Here part of his Thursday statement: The proposed changes to our school grading system are … 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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Eric Smith’s Airy Dismissive Evasion of Testing Critics

Jeffrey Solocheck finally tracked down former Florida ed commissioner Eric Smith. Solochek does  a good job of probing Smith and this exchange caught my eye: Does it create the need for too many tests? Because I’ve heard districts talk about … Continue reading

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The Corporate Cash Which Fuels Jeb Bush’s Education Empire

At least Jeb Bush isn’t trying to hide where and who he’s getting his money from. On the website of Foundation for Excellence in Education are the proud shields of the corporate and billionaire financiers who stake Bush’s school privatization takeovers. Two … 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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It Pays to Be Connected to Florida’s Ed Reform Cabal

AP’s Gary Fineout reports: TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida doesn’t  have one, or even two education commissioners earning a paycheck right now. Try  three. This month, newly hired Education Commissioner Gerard Robinson began his  $275,000-a-year job in Tallahassee. Robinson, who now … Continue reading

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Jeb Bush, Chiefs for Change, No Child Left Behind and Florida’s New School Choice Bill

The ever useful Gradebook reports that former Florida education commissioner Eric Smith is still a Chief for Change. Sort of. We can’t tell you where Florida’s former education commissioner has gone. He hasn’t responded to interview requests, nor has he … Continue reading

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Florida’s New Ed Commish “wants to hear more from teachers”

The St. Petersburg Times, Florida’s best newspaper, weighs in on the appointment of Gerard Robinson as Commissioner of the Board of Education. The title of the piece, “A Pragmatic Message on Reform,” indicates the Times is somewhat hopeful for Robinson’s tenure. … Continue reading

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Do Eight Chiefs for Change Want Schools to Fail?

On Tuesday, eight of the nation’s  state education lead administrators released a statement which declared their opposition to  the American Association of School Administrators and the National School Boards Association’s request for a blanket waiver from the requirements of the … Continue reading

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T. Willard Fair’s Odd Mixed Bag of Cavalier Arrogance, Support for SB736 and Opposition to Rick Scott’s Voucher Plans

The abrupt resignation of the chairman of Florida’s Board of Education gave something to just about everyone. For some it was a rebuke of Scott’s management style. For others it somehow a signal that Scott’s education agenda was flawed. T. … Continue reading

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