Tag Archives: Gerard Robinson

A Fool’s Errand: Talking to Florida Republican Legislators About Testing

  It’s not that Florida’s local school boards haven’t tried before. But to feel Florida’s republican legislative body will help – if they just listen  – that they will take action before the state’s schools plunge into chaos when public … Continue reading

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Pam Stewart’s Empty Arguments for the Status Quo

Miami Dade superintendent Alberto Carvalho presented the case to the State Board of Education this week that implementation on Common Core in Florida is best done along with a pause in school grades. “So much has changed as far as … Continue reading

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Rick Scott’s Common Core Political Problems

Education commissioner Pam Stewart has provided much-needed calm in Florida’s education universe. Rick Scott probably wishes he had her in place all along instead of ideologues Gerard Robinson and Tony Bennett. But Scott would probably admit that those were the … Continue reading

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Florida’s School Grade Chaos: “Raising the Bar” Became “Moving the Bar After Everyone Jumped”

Is anyone really surprised to see the Miami Herald has another story about Florida’s school grades with “confused parents” and the “credibility gap facing Florida education leaders?” No? The Florida Department of Education unfairly has to hold the bag again – the school … Continue reading

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Florida Republican Legislators Continue Its Efforts to End Local Control of Schools

The Okaloosa County School Board held a workshop that involved all community stakeholders in considering a proposal to change high school starting times. In the end the board voted not to do so.  Superintendent Mary Beth Jackson said that the … Continue reading

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The Disappearing Influence of Jeb Bush and His Foundations on Florida Ed Policy

H/T: Jeff Solochek Pensacola News Journal reporter Rhema Thompson reports on yesterday’s meeting between 30 state’s superintendents of schools and education commissioner Pam Stewart: ….district superintendents are reiterating the need for more time and presenting a list of other recommendations to … Continue reading

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PARCC, Pearson, Tony Bennett and Jeb Bush’s Chiefs for Change

In Melissa Ross’s interview with Florida board of education chairman Gary Chartrand on WJTC radio this morning, Floridians were reminded of education commissioner’s Tony Bennett’s many conflicts of interests. Explaining the difference between the two assessment consortiums which will create … Continue reading

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Patricia Levesque’s Tortured Defense of Bush Foundation’s Work

Foundation for Excellence in Education executive director Patricia Levesque took exception to a letter to the editor that appeared in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Here is her response. In the Feb. 14 Reader’s View, “Truth about FCAT legislation,” Ali Bustamante … Continue reading

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Another Bush Chief For Change, Another Misinformation Campaign

It appears that another one of Bush’s Chiefs for Change, Oklahoma Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi, is on a similar state-wide tour to advance another Bush policy. And like Robinson in Florida last year, Barresi is spinning to protect his agenda. From … Continue reading

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It’s BaaaaAAAAACK! Contradictions, Clowns, Conflicts and All…Parent Trigger Returns

I’ve been wondering when we’d see this Vaudeville act again and whether or not it was going to be about stroking Jeb Bush’s ego. (He vowed that it would be back after last year’s defeat in the senate). What better … Continue reading

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