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Florida Republican Senator Rips Bush Foundation With “I’m Over You”

While Lutz republican senator John Legg is justifiably being complemented by many teachers this morning for the improvements to Florida’s test-based accountability system he managed in SB 616, he subtly revealed that Jeb Bush still holds far too much sway … Continue reading

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The Breaking Republican Senate Coalition on Testing

Nobody really knew that Tampa republican senator Tom Lee felt as he did on Florida’s high-stakes testing regime until yesterday when he took to the senate floors made these comments during debate on SB 616: Senator Lee: We’ve gotten an … Continue reading

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Republican Exec Committee From Don Gaetz’ Hometown Calls for Support of Dem Amendments to SB 616

In late filings to SB 616, sponsor Senator John Legg added a provision which brought the bill closer to the House version and Senator Alan Hays – along with a Democrat co-sponsor, Senator Bill Montford – resubmitted his clear language … Continue reading

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Will SB 616 Sponsor John Legg Be the One to Shepherd Through a Temporary Hold Harmless on Testing?

As the week begins, the republican-dominated Florida Senate is still characterized as having a “willingness” to go slowly on accountability provisions in Senator John Legg’s SB 616 testing reform bill. They are recognizing that the state’s new FSA tests are … Continue reading

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Why Alan Hays Pulled His Amendment Which Protected Florida Students From Invalid FSA Tests

During yesterday’s Senate Appropriations Committee hearing, and quick little sidebar away from the microphones occurred between four senators. The sponsor of the senate version (SB 616) of high-stakes testing reform, Senator John Legg was huddled with Senator’s David Simmons, Bill … Continue reading

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How Alan Hays’ Amendment to SB 616 Helps Republicans

From Collier County reporter Sophie Neilsen-Kolding for  NBC2: The Southwest Florida Citizens’ Alliance paid for robo calls to 55,000 voters across the state and visited Representative Kathleen Passidomo’s Collier office and spoke with her staff. Then they made their way to … Continue reading

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Florida Republicans Are Frightened by the Opt-Out Movement

In a remarkable letter to Florida Education Commissioner Pam Stewart, the influential big three of the Florida Senate asked for clarity regarding parents’ desire to opt their children out of mandatory state testing. In a letter dated January 13, 2015,  … Continue reading

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Florida Charter School Scheme Unmasked in Standard Contract Bid

Rep. Manny Diaz (R-Miami) went first in the House Education Committee yesterday and announced a “postponement” of HB 7083. Among other things, Diaz bill provided for standard charter school contracts, the mandatory sharing of public school buildings and would further … Continue reading

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Florida Legislature Has “No Business” Telling School Boards “How to Negotiate Contracts”

In yesterday’s surprising Senate rebuke of the House on in its rewrite of standard charter school contract legislation, a new narrative may have emerged. Arek Sarkissian writes in the Florida Current: Sen. John Legg, R-Lutz, filed an amendment to SB … Continue reading

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About Those Teachers in Jeb Bush’s TV Spots

StateImpact’s John O’Connor reported on the start of a new TV advertising campaign from one of Jeb Bush’s foundations to promote Common Core Standards: The education foundation founded by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has launched a new web site and … Continue reading

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