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Florida Republican Senator Rips Bush Foundation With “I’m Over You”

While Lutz republican senator John Legg is justifiably being complemented by many teachers this morning for the improvements to Florida’s test-based accountability system he managed in SB 616, he subtly revealed that Jeb Bush still holds far too much sway … Continue reading

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The Breaking Republican Senate Coalition on Testing

Nobody really knew that Tampa republican senator Tom Lee felt as he did on Florida’s high-stakes testing regime until yesterday when he took to the senate floors made these comments during debate on SB 616: Senator Lee: We’ve gotten an … Continue reading

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The Well-Financed Effort to Marginalize and Intimidate Opt-Out Parents

Though she resigned as chair late last year, last week’s Tweet from Students First was pure Michelle Rhee: Will the #optout movement realize it’s fighting a losing cause? In its Tweet, Students First links to an opinion piece from one … Continue reading

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Selective Data and Outrage from the Bush Foundation Discredited By Those “Devious Plans to Undermine Class-Size Amendment”

Writing for Jeb Bush’s Foundation for Excellence in Education, Mike Thomas bemoans Florida’s class size amendment as a “$30 billion mistake.” What sounded good on a ballot turned chaotic when implemented to the letter of the law. We now have … Continue reading

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Erika Donald’s Game-Changing White Paper on Florida’s Testing Regime

Knocking on the door of state-wide recognition as a leader in state education policy since her election to the Collier county school board member, Erika Donalds may have eclipsed her own expectations with the release of a white paper memorandum of … Continue reading

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“The final quarter of the year is known as testing season”

The final quarter  won’t actually get under way until the end of March. Still, FEA president Andy Ford’s narrative of facts on the ground he includes  in a column for the Orlando Sentinel is a useful one We’ve begun the new … Continue reading

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“More Students Are Expected to Flunk”

These are the first words in this morning’s article by Christina Veiga in the Miami Herald: More students are expected to flunk. School districts warn they might not be ready. And parents are threatening to boycott. Ready or not — … Continue reading

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About Those Tests Florida Kids Take Next Week: Utah Republicans Want to Suspend and Replace Them

Florida children will begin taking new high-stakes test next week which were “rented” from Utah. But, Tallahassee, we have a problem. Apparently Utah doesn’t like the tests very much. Writes Katie McKellar from Deseret News in this KSL.com piece: SALT … Continue reading

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If Only Florida Republican Legislators Had Actually Listened to Teachers

Niceville senator Don Gaetz knows better, but the live TV opportunity was too good to pass up. When FEA vice president Joanne McCall testified earlier this month that teachers weren’t generally against testing, Gaetz retorted that the FEA hasn’t supported … Continue reading

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Debbie Mayfield’s Remarkable Opt-Out Bill Signals Further Decline of Jeb Bush’s Influence

From Tampa Bay Times reporter Jeffrey Solochek: State Rep. Debbie Mayfield, the Vero Beach Republican who made a mark last year by pushing to end the Common Core in Florida, wants to change that law. Mayfield filed a bill late … Continue reading

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