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Florida TaxWatch’s Weak, Unsubstantiated Position on Florida Class Sizes

The editors of the Daytona Beach News Journal have  a fair and even-handed opinion piece on the class size amendment debate going on in the state legislature, but they get one critical fact wrong. And it is one which Floridians … Continue reading

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Superintendent in Don Gaetz’ District Critical of Parent Trigger

I’ve always wondered whether Sen. Don Gaetz, the school board member and school superintendent had a different take on Parent Trigger than Don Gaetz, the politician. We will never know, but the school’s superintendent from one of the county’s he … Continue reading

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Florida Legislative Candidates Assail Education Cuts; Urge Testing Reforms

From Orlando Sentinel reporter John Busdecker: More than any other issue discussed at Wednesday’s “Florida’s People, Florida’s Promise” forum for legislative candidates, it was education that dominated the conversation. Several of the 16 candidates — both Democrats and Republicans — … Continue reading

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Is the Florida Department of Education Trying to Cover for Mistakes on School Grades?

UPDATES after the bump at the end. Scott Maxwell mocked Florida State University for missing the mistakes in the DOE’s school grades that were released on July 11. But the DOE made no mention of FSU validating the DOE’s calculus … Continue reading

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Rick Scott’s Week of Shaking Hands, Kissing Babies and Picking the Pockets of Public Education

Florida’s Department of Education has a blog. Even Commissioner Gerard Robinson posts occasionally in the curiously named Finding Common Ground. My colleagues in public education probably find my use of “curiously” to be a bit lacking. Perhaps “disingenuous” would be better. Especially … Continue reading

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Did State Agency Director Flip-Flop on Florida McCay Scholarship Abuse?

Last summer’s Miami New Times story detailing abuse and fraud by privately run schools cashing in on McCay scholarship money finally prompted a hearing this week  in Tallahassee. Matt Dixon reports for the Florida Times- Union: TALLAHASSEE  – Democrats grilled a Department of … Continue reading

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Orlando Sentinel Calls for ALEC’s Florida’s Republican State Legislators to Come Out of the Closet

Conservative legislative planning non-profit, the  American Legislative Exchange Council or ALEC has operated under the radar for some time. Not any more. And no longer so in Florida. The Orlando Sentinel reported in July of the Koch brothers-funded group’s involvement … Continue reading

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Why Rick Perry’s Entrance into the GOP Field is Bad News for Ed Reformers

I suppose I should admit to seeing myself as an oddball. When compared to my friends whom have joined me in opposing the corporate/test-based reform movement, I enter the battle with a different resume. While its true I’m a public school … Continue reading

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Batman and Robin and Ignoring the Education Success Models You Tout

(What follows is a re-publish of my March 27, 2011 post titled  Batman and Robin Starring in “Pay No Attention to that Model We’re Ignoring.”  To understand the context it was written, the reader should know that I wrote this during the spring … Continue reading

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