Tag Archives: Florida Chamber of Commerce

“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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Florida’s “Orwellian” Common Core Cover-Up

From Florida Current reporter James Call: It’s not as Orwellian as making a person’s existence disappear from the public record but Winston Smith would recognize the maneuver. A Florida House committee on Wednesday will discuss a proposed committee bill that … Continue reading

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Florida Council of 100 Uses Sketchy “Skills” Data to Justify Common Core

Tampa Bay Times reporter Danny Valentine sought out Florida leaders for quotes in the aftermath of the state’s poor PISA outcomes. Among them were the Florida Council of 100. Susan Pareigis, president and CEO of the Florida Council of 100, said … Continue reading

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Meanwhile, Georgia Republicans Pull Parent Trigger Bill “Amid Concerns From It’s Own Party”

Parent Trigger died in the Georgia senate after the bill was pulled by it’ republican sponsor because members of his own party raised serious concerns.  The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Edward Lindsey (R-Atlanta), withdrew the bill when it became clear it … Continue reading

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Turning Private Information of Florida’s Children Over to the Education for Profit Industry

It’s quickly moved under the radar, and SB 878 will be considered by the Senate Appropriations today. Misleading titled Education Accountability on the senate website, Sen. Bill Galvano’s (R-Bradenton) bill follows adjustments Sec. of Education Arne Duncan made to the Federal … Continue reading

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Sen. Don Gaetz on Florida’s Ed Accountability System: “There’s a danger of all this imploding”

In a story by Florida Current’s James Call, powerful Florida senate president Don Gaetz (R-Niceville) made a some stunning admissions. “If you have a C school, 90 percent of the teachers in a C school can’t be highly effective. That doesn’t make … Continue reading

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Florida Chamber of Commerce Legislative Goals: Merit Pay, Union Busting and Protecting High-Stakes Testing

After cutting through lofty platitudes in their legislative agenda the FCOC include these talking points about education. First in their letter to “Letter to Florida Business Leaders” *Education reform is hurting because union leaders make it about the adults when it … Continue reading

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Another Conveniently Timed Study With Jeb Bush’s Fingerprints On It

Fund Education Now founder Kathleen Oropeza was having none of the most recent study that gushed over another Jeb Bush initiative. Noting the Harvard study which supports Florida’s 3rd grade retention based on FCAT came from a researcher  works for … Continue reading

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Manatee Adopts High-Stakes Tests Resolution; Meanwhile Bushies Become the New Status Quoers

From Chritine Hawes in the Bradenton Herald: MANATEE — With an extra nod toward “accountability,” the Manatee County School Board Monday approved its own version of a resolution approved by 12 other Florida school boards that objects to the importance … Continue reading

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How Gerard Robinson is Taking the FCAT Bullet for Jeb Bush

This afternoon, the Miami Herald became the latest media outlet to blame this week’s FCAT writing disaster on eduction commissioner Gerard Robinson: This latest FCAT fiasco falls squarely on Education Commissioner Gerard Robinson. He was warned by superintendents there should … Continue reading

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