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Did Step Up for Students Buy Florida Voucher Expansion?

At some point, the Republican-dominated Florida senate was going to be able to impose their will on expanding Florida’s voucher system. Few legislators have fought against what’s now become a clear effort by Republican lawmakers to eliminate public schools as … Continue reading

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The Florida Five: Common Core’s Republican Shills

From John O’Connor in StateImpact:  Five former Republican Party of Florida leaders have sent out an email asking state GOP members to support new education standards adopted by Florida and 44 other states. The letter is signed by state Sen. … Continue reading

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Even Sen. John Thrasher Questions Academica Charter Schools’ St. Johns County Bid

Well, it’s because they like to cherry-pick students, Senator. And they think they can do so because they dropped $100,000 into choice-privatization zealot, John Kirtley’s PAC before the primary earlier this month. . But John Thrasher’s  puzzlement is still a bit of a … Continue reading

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Why Local School Board Members Pose the Biggest Threat to Florida’s Anointed All-Knowings

Coleen Conklin isn’t afraid to ruffle feathers. A serious advocate for public schools, Conklin raised the possibility of a lawsuit targeting Rick Scott and the legislature in April 2011 for failing to fund education. She even toyed with the idea … Continue reading

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Wise, Thrasher Endorse Duval School Board Candidate

From Kristopher Brooks in the Florida Times-Union: State Senator John Thrasher announced today that he endorses Duval County School Board candidate Jason Fischer in the District 7 race. The senator said he thinks Thrasher is perfect for the school board, … Continue reading

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The Future of the Florida Senate: Will the Anti-Privatization Coalition Extend to Schools

What follows is an analysis by a long time observer of Florida politics. The writer desires to be recognized by a pseudonym, Lois Pace. Will the emerging center coalition in the Florida Senate flex its muscle as we enter the … Continue reading

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Jeb Bush’s Desperate Attempt to Save Florida’s Parent Trigger Legislation

Apparently, its not such a sure thing to advocates of Florida’s parent trigger legislation. After Bush ally John Thrasher’s attempt to circumvent the committee process failed this afternoon, Bush sent the following email to followers:   Dear Friend, Florida’s parents … Continue reading

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Parent Trigger Bill Reaches the End Game in Florida Senate Tomorrow Morning

UPDATE: (Correcting my speculative comments)   The bill will be going back to JD Alexander’s budget committee – not the PreK-12 budget committee. It will most certainly pass out of this committee after tomorrow morning’s meeting and reach the floor early … Continue reading

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Bradenton Herald: Unsavory Prison Politics

The privatization lines have blurred in Florida. Few any longer even bother to dispute the fact that Florida’s republican-dominated legislature is engaged in attempted to privatize the state’s education apparatus via any means possible. The privatization template is currently placed … Continue reading

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John Thrasher Wants to Ban Lawmakers from Holding Jobs at Post-Secondary Schools They Fund but Silent on Doing the Same for Charter Schools

From the Tampa Bay Times: TALLAHASSEE — Amid a clamor to overhaul a state university system lawmakers say isn’t cutting it, Sen. John Thrasher wants to ban lawmakers from holding jobs with public colleges and universities they fund. Given past … Continue reading

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