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Why Alan Hays Pulled His Amendment Which Protected Florida Students From Invalid FSA Tests

During yesterday’s Senate Appropriations Committee hearing, and quick little sidebar away from the microphones occurred between four senators. The sponsor of the senate version (SB 616) of high-stakes testing reform, Senator John Legg was huddled with Senator’s David Simmons, Bill … Continue reading

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Significant Support Emerges for Alan Hays’ Compromise Amendment to Testing Reform Bill

Unlikely allies are rallying around Umatilla republican senator Alan Hays amendment to SB 616 as a compromise on the state’s high-stakes test drama. Writes Jefferey Solochek for Gradebook: A conservative Florida senator with a flair for headline-grabbing proposals could generate … Continue reading

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Florida Republican Hypocricy Unmasked in Voucher Expansion

Writing in the Gainesville Sun, Alachua County School Board member Eileen Roy points to the numerous contradictions that school vouchers and their legislative enablers  cannot resolve: These schools have little to no accountability and are not required to have certified teachers. … Continue reading

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Stealth Florida Charter School Ammendment Cuts Out Local School Board Control

The zealots who carry the water for Florida’s for-profit charter schools never met an unseemly expansion of charter schools they didn’t like. Just remember their efforts the past two sessions to pass parent trigger legislation. One of this year’s payoffs … Continue reading

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Why the Florida Senate Remains the Nation’s Key Battleground on Education Policy

Writes Matt Dixon in the Florida Times-Union: The Republicans hold a 26-14 lead in the Florida Senate, which simple math will tell you means they should be able to muscle out any legislation they deem important. Politics, though, isn’t always … Continue reading

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Michelle Rhee’s Florida Rep Says No Parent Trigger This Year

From Gradebook’s Jeff Solochek: A national advocacy group that in recent years has pressured Florida lawmakers to adopt the controversial “parent trigger” school takeover plan will not push that initiative again in 2014. Instead, StudentsFirst will spend its political capital … Continue reading

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Bush Foundation Snubs Florida Republican Senators Who Voted Against Parent Trigger

Sunshine State News chief legal correspondent Eric Giunta has become the go-to journalist when Jeb Bush’ Foundation for Excellence in Education (FEE) wants to get something out there. One only needs to consider his hit piece on the parent advocate … Continue reading

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Kelli Stargel’s Fake List of Parent Trigger Supporters that Michelle Rhee Provided

Welcome readers of The Florida Squeeze and NPE. Please see this UPDATE post. UPDATE: (Saturday evening at 6:48PM CDT) A third person on Rhee’s list has denied ever signing the petition. Erwin Crawford of Longwood “does not remember signing anything … 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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Skepticism for SB736 in the Florida Senate

Rick Scott told FOX News host Neil Cavuto after SB736 was past, “It’s going to be great.” Not so much. Changes are already being considered. Bush Foundation CEO Patricia Levesque wants to add student surveys into the calculus and is floating the idea … Continue reading

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