Tag Archives: Florida Board of Education

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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Was “Hacktivism” Behind the Denial of Service Attack on Florida’s Testing Contractor?

Last week’s denial of service hack on AIR, the contractor which administrates Florida’s new FSA tests took the state’s long and controversial testing saga to a place which no one really expected. With news that a similar attack took down … Continue reading

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Revisiting Gary Chartrand’s Conflicts of Interests

Florida Times-Union reporter Rhema Thompson has an excellent feature on the chairman of state board of education, Gary Chartrand and his many conflicts of interests which Floridians are expected to just brush aside: With his official term as chairman of … Continue reading

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A Fool’s Errand: Talking to Florida Republican Legislators About Testing

  It’s not that Florida’s local school boards haven’t tried before. But to feel Florida’s republican legislative body will help – if they just listen  – that they will take action before the state’s schools plunge into chaos when public … Continue reading

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On Florida’s School Grade Pause and It’s Politicized Board of Education

The editors of the Tampa Bay Times preface their support for a pause in applying school grades in Florida by reminded readers that the existing scheme is already discredited. And while it’s extremely unlikely that any member of the highly … Continue reading

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One Florida Education Foundation Consortium Advocates for Common Core, While the Other Doesn’t

Tampa Bay Times reporter Jeff Solochek was unable to hide his skepticism in this Gradebook post on today’s release addressing Common Core from the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations: The Consortium of Florida Education Foundations (CFEF) has issued a white paper aimed at … Continue reading

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Many Florida Districts Underfunded By Convoluted, Unequal FEFP System

So much for that level playing field. From WTSP reporter Noah Pransky: Florida’s Constitution requires the state appropriate funds to school districts in an equitable – but not necessarily equal – way. Since 1973, the legislature has used the Florida … Continue reading

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Did Step Up for Students Buy Florida Voucher Expansion?

At some point, the Republican-dominated Florida senate was going to be able to impose their will on expanding Florida’s voucher system. Few legislators have fought against what’s now become a clear effort by Republican lawmakers to eliminate public schools as … Continue reading

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Florida Voucher Proponents Gave Up Everything to Keep From Being Held Accountable

The Senate version of voucher expansion serves as a stunning rebuke of SFO agent, Step Up for Students, and one which will keep it  from expanding and further enriching its executives. Lynn Hatter explains in WFSU‘s website: Sen. Bill Galvano (R-Bradenton) … Continue reading

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Florida Legislature Has “No Business” Telling School Boards “How to Negotiate Contracts”

In yesterday’s surprising Senate rebuke of the House on in its rewrite of standard charter school contract legislation, a new narrative may have emerged. Arek Sarkissian writes in the Florida Current: Sen. John Legg, R-Lutz, filed an amendment to SB … Continue reading

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