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How Two Wealthy Floridians Spent $2 Million During the 2014 Cycle to Control Education Legislation

On Friday Step Up for Students blog, redefinED, published a story about this year’s bill from the Florida House which SUFS writer Travis Pillow describes as a “funding” and  “accountability’ bill: Florida charter schools could face more scrutiny from school districts, … Continue reading

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Step Up for Students Touts Pro-Charter School Study Financed by Walmart and Charter Schools USA Boss

With it’s last five of its last six posts written in support of the for-profit charter school industry and fresh off its weekend effort to smear a local school board who rejected them, Step Up for Students’ blog, redefinED no … Continue reading

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Step Up for Students’ Cynical Last-Minute Voucher Push

Even with today’s likely passage of voucher expansion in the Florida House – whose republican leadership doesn’t want anyone to know that Floridians really oppose  – the administrative agent of the state’s voucher plan, Step Up for Students, is going … Continue reading

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Voucher Expansion Dies in Florida Senate

Miami Herald reporter Kathleen McGrory reports: The Senate sponsor of the controversial school voucher bill withdrew his proposal Thursday, significantly weakening its chances of becoming law this year. Sen. Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, said he pulled the bill because there wasn’t … Continue reading

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Florida’s Voucher Expansion Assures the Expansion and Enrichment of the Step Up for Students Brand

WELCOME READERS OF DIANE RAVITCH’S BLOG!  Please note that the bill to expand Florida’s voucher system was pulled yesterday.   It’s now called the Florida Sales Tax Credit Program, a teeny-weeny little change in what was simply the Florida Tax … Continue reading

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The Lakeland Ledger: Halt Voucher Expansion Until Public Schools Are Adequately Funded

From the editors of the Lakeland Ledger: Now, House Speaker Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, is calling for sales tax revenue to also be diverted to pay for the program. In addition, he wants to expand the pool of eligible students … Continue reading

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How John Kirtley’s Push for Voucher Expansion in Florida Benefits John Kirtley

Miami Herald reporter Kathleen McGrory has the latest on expansion of  Florida’s voucher program: TALLAHASSEE — Nearly 200 schoolchildren greeted Senate President Don Gaetz last month when he visited a Catholic school in Pensacola to get a first-hand look at … Continue reading

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How Rick Scott’s School Voucher Agenda Will Be Used to Defeat Charlie Crist

A Quinnipiac poll released late this week revealed that former governor Charlie Crist leads current governor Rick Scott by a whopping 12 points – 48 to 36. One in four republicans support Crist, too. Then there is this: The former … 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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A Curious Defense of John Kirtley and Step Up for Students

UPDATE: Step Up for Students Jon East sent links to the article Doug Tuthill was referencing. You may access them in his comments or where I have imbedded them within this post. Step Up for Students president Doug Doug Tuthill … Continue reading

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