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The Well-Financed Effort to Marginalize and Intimidate Opt-Out Parents

Though she resigned as chair late last year, last week’s Tweet from Students First was pure Michelle Rhee: Will the #optout movement realize it’s fighting a losing cause? In its Tweet, Students First links to an opinion piece from one … Continue reading

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Using Taxpayer Dollars to Mislead Parents on Common Core

After reminding readers that Connecticut governor Daniel P. Malloy is on record as saying “I’ll settle for teaching to the test if it means raising test scores,” Wendy Lecker effectively slams the governor’s faith in tests and his plans to sell … Continue reading

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Does Pearson’s NY Common Core $7.7 Million Settlement Implicate Jeb Bush’s Foundation?

From Washington Post reporter Lyndsey Layton: Pearson Charitable Foundation, the nonprofit arm of educational publishing giant Pearson Inc., has agreed to pay a $7.7 million settlement to New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman after he determined that  the foundation … Continue reading

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National Association of Secondary Schools Principals Endorses Resolution on High Stakes Testing

The nation’s leading association of high school principals joined the growing movement to end the way the nation’s policy-makers are imposing crippling high-stakes tests regimes on the nation’s schools. Diane Ravitch spoke to the group before a nearly unanimous vote … Continue reading

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The FDOE Joins Patricia Levesque in Blaming Districts for Tests

When the FCAT Writes debacle went viral in May, the organized PR campaign to rescue it was documented by the Florida media here and here. And in this blog here. Originating in Governor Rick Scott’s office, the effort would include former … Continue reading

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Florida DOE Puts Up $20 Million to Start Charter Schools; Teams With Gates, Broad and Walton Funded Group

From Topher Sanders of the Florida Times-Union: The state and a nonprofit venture capital fund are teaming up to offer the largest pot of money ever in Florida to increased the number of high-performing charter schools. The $30 million fund … Continue reading

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Rick Scott, “Amateur Education Mechanic”

Writes J. Earle Bowden from the Pensacola News Journal: Gov.Rick Scott, an amateur education mechanic working under a shade tree, knows better. His latest nonsense debases the liberal arts, an essential component of  higher education, targeting Florida anthropology students — … Continue reading

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Education’s Ruling “Plutocracy” of Billionaires

Quickly emerging as one of the nation’s most important education writers, Walt Gardner cautions that America should be concerned that billionaires are investing so much in education policy. Referencing the recent donation of NYC mayor Mike Bloomberg and others to save the … Continue reading

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Senators Grassley, Coburn and Lieberman Question Contacts Between US Department of Ed and Hedge Funds

From yesterday’s New York Times: Over the last several months, Mr. Grassley has been focused on the nexus of Washington and Wall Street. His office is looking into the Securities and Exchange Commission’s handling of a series of stock trades … Continue reading

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Another Propoganda Piece from the Gates Foundation Uses 2009 Florida Teacher Survey to Justify Reform Measures

Its almost impossible to have a chance against someone with as much money as Microsoft founder Bill Gates. They can even say they are doing something that they aren’t. In this March 4 post, Gates Foundation director for Education and … Continue reading

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