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One Florida Community Complains About TOO MANY Charter Schools Opening

From Sun Sentinel reporter Arun Sivasankaran: Tamarac city officials have shot down a proposal to open a charter high school within the city. At a recent City Commission meeting, officials went against staff’s recommendation and voted unanimously against granting a … Continue reading

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Charter Schools USA Savage Public Relations Campaign to Shield Themselves From Scrutiny

The Tampa Bay Times has now begun reporting on Charter Schools USA Hillsborough problem. Writes reporter Marlene Sokol: Frustrated by answers her staff was getting to questions about school governance, superintendent MaryEllen Elia dispatched letters this week to the boards … Continue reading

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Hillsborough: A Fight Like No Other For Charter Schools USA

Mary Ellen Elia is no ordinary superintendent. Her Hillsborough district is the state’s 8th largest and no Florida superintendent is as positioned politically as she.  Elia was the  only representative from the state’s traditional public schools in newly elected governor Rick … Continue reading

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What Charter Schools USA CEO Jonathan Hage Knows That Floridians Don’t

From Orlando Sentinel reporter Lauren Roth: Charter Schools USA isn’t waiting for a judge to decide if it can open a disputed school in Orange County. Construction already has begun. “They have already invested in some construction of a facility,” … Continue reading

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The Curious MacDill AFB Charter School USA Proposal Gets More Curious

After the Hillsborough school board unanimously rejected a Charter Schools USA proposal to open a school on MacDill AFB, superintendent Maryellen Elia went to work on coming up with alternatives. They came up with some good one’s, but not good … Continue reading

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Why Hillsborough School Board’s Passage of Resolution on High-Stakes Testing Means More

From the Tampa Bay Times Marlene Sokol: Testing — the subject of school board resolutions around the nation and state — has troubled (Board Chairwoman Candy) Olson for months. At the board workshop on the issue, members spent more than … Continue reading

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Bill Gates: “Don’t Rush Teacher Evaluations. Do It Right.”

The Atlanta Journal Constitution’s excellent education reporter, Maureen Downey, posts Bill Gates’ speech to the Education Commission of the States conference in her GetSchooled blog. Gates’ foundation is funding a teacher evaluation pilot program in Hillsborough county. Many will find his comments to … 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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Hillsborough Teacher Union Head, Jean Clements, Rips Florida’s Parent Trigger Bill and School Grade Changes

Opponents of Florida’s education reform underway in the legislature will find out this morning they have an ally they probably didn’t realize they had. That person is Hillsborough teacher union leader, Jean Clements, who by many had thought to have … Continue reading

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Bill Gates Hillsborough Experiment with Merit Pay Failed, So Why are We Plowing Ahead with SB 736?

(This is first of two posts which will utilize an excellent Examiner piece  by a teaching colleague, Jennie Smith. A Miami Dade County high school public school teacher, Smith has writes why the Republican-Rick Scott Education bill SB 736 is wrong for … Continue reading

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