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Donalds-Cota Dispatches Florida Test-Based System, Discredits Bush-FDOE Data Spin

From Sunshine State News reporter Allison Nielsen: Overtesting is costing too much and could be causing Florida’s performance to stagnate on the national level, according to a new report released this week from a state school board member and a … Continue reading

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Marlene O’Toole: Convenient Shill for Florida Republican’s Failing Education Record

The hyper partisan republican body in the Florida House, save the handful sponsoring anti-common core legislation, march in lock-step with their leadership which takes its marching orders from the Florida Chamber of Commerce and the Florida Council of 100. So … Continue reading

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Scott’s Keep Florida Learning Committee Has Two Legislators – Both Republicans With Strong Charter School Ties

Here is the list from Jeffrey  Solochek in Gradebook: Education Commissioner Pam Stewart 2015 Florida Teacher of the Year: Christie Bassett, Polk County Legislator: Representative Manny Díaz, Jr., a Hialeah Republican who works for a charter school firm and heads … Continue reading

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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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Florida Republicans Are Frightened by the Opt-Out Movement

In a remarkable letter to Florida Education Commissioner Pam Stewart, the influential big three of the Florida Senate asked for clarity regarding parents’ desire to opt their children out of mandatory state testing. In a letter dated January 13, 2015,  … Continue reading

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The Scorched Earth Propaganda Campaign to Demonize Florida’s Voucher Challenge

Perhaps the advocates of Florida’s school voucher program senses real danger in the lawsuit which is challenging the constitutionality the law. Travis Pillow of redefinED provides this background: The lawsuit, filed in late August by the statewide teachers union, the Florida … Continue reading

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Perhaps It is Republican Cuts to Bright Futures Scholarships Which Provides the Best Argument Against Florida Voucher Expansion

While PolitiFact dispatched Nan Rich’s claim that Florida’s new expansion of school vouchers takes $3 billion a way from public education (Scathing Purple Musings takes this position, too) they didn’t argue with her number. They disagreed with Rich’s accounting and … 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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On Voucher Expansion, “Floridians Will Pay For the Legislature’s Sins For Years”

While the propaganda campaign is already underway by Step Up for Students to advance that narrative that more people are for voucher expansion than there really are, the editors of the Tampa Bay Times Extending private school tuition vouchers to … 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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