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Florida Republicans Continue to Cut Pre-K Funding

Early Learning Coalition of Hillsborough County CEO Dave McGerald writes to the editors of the Tampa Bay Times: Let’s do the math on voluntary prekindergarten funding. When the VPK program began in 2005, the per pupil rate was $2,500 per … Continue reading

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Many Florida Districts Underfunded By Convoluted, Unequal FEFP System

So much for that level playing field. From WTSP reporter Noah Pransky: Florida’s Constitution requires the state appropriate funds to school districts in an equitable – but not necessarily equal – way. Since 1973, the legislature has used the Florida … 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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Florida Democrats Display Education Talking Points in Flagler Primary

A newly created House district was drawn for Flagler County and represents an opportunity for state democrats to win a seat. This Sheldon Gardner story in St. Augustine.com illustrates what should emerge as education talking points for democrats seeking legislative seats: … Continue reading

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Why Local School Board Members Pose the Biggest Threat to Florida’s Anointed All-Knowings

Coleen Conklin isn’t afraid to ruffle feathers. A serious advocate for public schools, Conklin raised the possibility of a lawsuit targeting Rick Scott and the legislature in April 2011 for failing to fund education. She even toyed with the idea … 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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Michelle Rhee Took DCPS Financial Backers With Her and Left Taxpayers Holding the Merit Pay Bag

Huffington Post education reporter Joy Resmovits tracked down Michelle Rhee’s financiers earlier this month. They include two who’ve  pulled their support for DCPS once Rhee left to go solo. Until now, identifying Rhee’s usually anonymous donors has been largely a guessing game. But recent … Continue reading

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Despite Scott’s $1 Billion Increase, Local School Boards Still Facing Cuts

From Leslie Postal in the Orlando Sentinel: Scott demanded more money for public schools this year, and the Legislature agreed. But the increase lawmakers approved won’t lead to bigger budgets for local districts this year. Per-student funding will go up … Continue reading

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Scott’s $1 Billion Increase for Schools Contains “Little in the Form of Additional Classroom Dollars”

Writes Julie G. Delegal in FolioWeekly: Well, the numbers are (mostly) in and the news (mostly) isn’t good. The promised $1 billion is actually a lot less than it appears (certainly less than the $1.3 billion cut from schools just … Continue reading

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The Moneychangers: How Florida’s Education Reform Movement Uses Religion to Manipulate the Public

Jacksonville writer, parent and public education advocate Julie Delegal closely follows Florida education policy. She offers this in response to legislative efforts to expand vouchers through repeal of the Blaine Amendment. In the wake of a recent circuit court decision, … Continue reading

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