Tag Archives: Jim Horne

“More Students Are Expected to Flunk”

These are the first words in this morning’s article by Christina Veiga in the Miami Herald: More students are expected to flunk. School districts warn they might not be ready. And parents are threatening to boycott. Ready or not — … Continue reading

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How Florida’s For-Profit Charter School Industry Is Moving Money in to Influence the Legislative Session

Matt Dixon’s report that a former top lobbyist for the for-profit charter school industry is now the top fundraiser for a PAC belonging to the chairman of the senate education appropriations committee provided a glimpse into how well the industry … Continue reading

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What Charter Schools USA Is REALLY Up to In Their MacDill AFB Gambit

Sen. Jeff Clemen’s (D-Lake Worth) is introducing a bill which effectively give final say on charter school applications back to local school boards. The top lobbyists for Charter Schools USA weighed in with redefinED writer Sherri Ackerman: “It is interesting now after … Continue reading

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How Jeff Clemens Bill Forces Florida Charter Schools Into a Debate They Don’t Want to Have

Let’s get this out-of-the-way now. Jeff Clements bill has zero chance of getting a hearing. But it sure makes the for-profit charter school bristle. The Florida Current’s James Call has the story: A Palm Beach County senator wants to narrow … Continue reading

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Expect Student Test Scores to “Nosedive” With Common Core-PARCC Tests

From NPR reporter Gabriel Spitzer in Seattle. Seattle families should expect steep drops in student test scores as public schools adopt new national learning standards, according to a report to be presented Wednesday evening to the Seattle School Board. Starting … Continue reading

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The Common Core Reality that Florida Republican Senators Want to Ignore in Parent Trigger Fight

Susan Smith reminded senate republicans of something they don’t want to be reminded of  during yesterday’s Senate Education Committee hearing on Parent Trigger.  Florida’s implementation of Common Core Standards (CCS) has consequences which will come into play in the bill they say is just … Continue reading

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Florida Senate Will Be the Key Battleground on Charter School Legislation

Two news reports on yesterday’s Senate Education meeting yesterday provided tidbits which revealed the Senate’s cautious nature on charter school legislation. Lynn Hatters report in WFSU indicates the biggest fights will be over amendments as the committee wants to merge … Continue reading

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House Charter School Bill Corrupted by Cozy Relationship Between Tony Bennett and Charter Schools USA

Chris Moya,  Charter Schools USA lobbyist testified this week that Rep. George Moraitis charter school bill was about ‘improving accountability”. Moya and Florida Charter School Alliance lobbyist Jim Horne’s smug performances this week were justified. The new bag of goodies for … Continue reading

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Smacking Down Florida Charter School’s Outrageous Waiting List Claim

Miami Demorat Representative Kionne L. McGhee didn’t let Florida charter school lobbyist Jim Horne off the hook during this week’s public testimony on the Florida House’s latest charter school bill. Horne, whom sources say wrote the bill, made the claim … Continue reading

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