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The Fatal Flaws of Rick Scott and Jeb Bush’s Tests: Florida Kids Aren’t College Ready

As former Florida governor Jeb Bush has been anointed king of kings on education policy and is now doing TV spots to save Rick Scott’s reelection bid, its only fair to include his name in such headlines. But the well-financed … Continue reading

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How Step Up For Students’ Numbers Serve As An Indictment of Rick Scott

The well-compensated executives of Step Up For Students, the administrators of Florida’s voucher program, are rooting for Florida republican governor Rick Scott to re-elected. Their propaganda arm, the website redefinED,  never stops churning out warm and fuzzy pieces intended to reaffirm … 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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Can Florida Teachers and Public School Advcates Look to the Harbinger of Hawaii?

From Cathy Bussewitz and Juliet Williams  of the Associated Press: A 40-year political career came to a close after Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie lost his bid for a second term in a stunning primary-election defeat by a fellow Democrat and … 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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New Budget Leaves Florida 50th of 50 States in Per Capita Funding

UPDATE: Scathing Purple Musings initially misquoted Superintendent Joe Joyner as indicating Florida was 50th in per pupil spending when he actually indicated that it was per capita spending which Florida trails. Looks like all that back-slapping by republican legislators and … Continue reading

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“There is school choice and there is the destruction of public education choice”

A teacher and candidate for Marion School Board, Diane Schrier writes in the Ocala Star Banner: Marion County has been lucky so far, as we’ve managed to be able to keep out most of these organizations (for-profit charter schools) through … Continue reading

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Rick Scott Targeted by Common Core Opponents in Florida

You knew they wouldn’t go away after being dismissed by Rick Scott’s cronies on the state board of education. Miami Herald reporter Kathleen McGrory has this in Naked Politics: TALLAHASSEE — With their bill to suspend Florida’s new education benchmarks … Continue reading

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Not a Three-Year “Pause,” But a One-Year “Delay” in Florida School Accountability

Lloyd Dunkelberger of Halifax Media Services reports in the Daytona Beach News-Journal: TALLAHASSEE — Local school districts likely will not get a three-year delay they want in moving to new school standards, a new statewide assessment test and other accountability … Continue reading

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Appeals Committee Turns Down MacDill Charter Schools USA Facility – Will State Board Overrule?

If history is any indicator they will. From Sherri Ackerman in redefinED: A charter school sought by MacDill Air Force Base in Florida has lost the first round of an appeals process. The Florida Charter School Appeal Commission on Monday … Continue reading

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