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Rick Scott’s Deliberately Misleading PECO Charter School Funding Proposal

Rick Scott created the slippery slope education funding when he cut education funding during his first term. Now he’s having to navigate it during a year he has to face voters. Let’s consider his tricky wording which justifies giving more … Continue reading

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Jeb Bush’s Foundation Wants Florida to Ignore Crony Capitalism on Charter Schools

Big charter school operators have been whispering about getting their own independent board to approve charter schools. This week, Jeb Bush’s Foundation for Excellence in Education editorialist Mike Thomas unsurprisingly made the case that it was time for Florida to … Continue reading

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“Florida DOE Has Abdicated its Accountability Role to Pearson”

Within a blistering critique of Gerard Robinson’s tenure as Florida’s education commissioner, Osceola school board member Jay Wheeler make an astonishing observation about the role that  testing giant Pearson plays in Florida’s education system. Writes Wheeler in Around Osceola: Additionally the … Continue reading

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Leon County Superintendent, Others Call for Investigation of FCAT Grade Changes

The Tallahassee Democrat‘s Travis Pillow reports: Leon County’s schools superintendent is demanding the state provide the districts with details of state testing data at the center of this month’s miscalculation of school grades. Superintendent Jackie Pons on Thursday sent state … Continue reading

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Florida BOE Member Belittles Local School Board Members as a “Constituency”

The arrogance of Florida’s Jeb Bush’s education policy establishment reared its head in Tuesday’s Fort Lauderdale meeting. From Leslie Postal in the Orlando Sentinel: Board member Akshay Desai, a physician from Tampa, said he was glad the state was able … Continue reading

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Legal Questions Loom Over High-Achieving Charter Schools Bill as Challenges Move to Appellate Courts

In the Lakeland Ledger: TALLAHASSEE | Battles over the Florida Board of Education’s approval of two new charter schools in Polk and Seminole counties are headed to appeals courts, lawyers said Friday. The state board last month overturned county decisions … Continue reading

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Charter Schools USA Rejected in Georgia, Enraged Lawmakers Target School Board

Dick Yarborough reporting last week included this tidbit about Charter USA’s attempt to open a school in Cherokee County, Georgia: In Miami-Dade and Broward counties, the (Miami) Herald reported, almost two-thirds of charter schools are run by management companies, which charge fees … Continue reading

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Despite Scott’s $1 Billion Increase, Local School Boards Still Facing Cuts

From Leslie Postal in the Orlando Sentinel: Scott demanded more money for public schools this year, and the Legislature agreed. But the increase lawmakers approved won’t lead to bigger budgets for local districts this year. Per-student funding will go up … Continue reading

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Florida Scientology Charter School Unmasks Chilling Flaws in Republican Agenda

The sponsor of Florida’s landmark test-based teacher evaluation bill SB736 , Sen. Steve Wise, R-Jacksonville, breathlessly argued that if his bill didn’t pass, “kids would be irreparably damaged.”  Lets apply Wise’s standard to a real-world, real children example. Consider yesterday’s Tampa Bay Times story about … Continue reading

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Will Charter USA “Stockpiling” in Florida be Boosted by its Friends in High Places?

The Orange county school board turned down a recent Charter USA’s application largely because the group hadn’t opened the building which had been previously ok’d. Writes Lauren Wright in the Orlando Sentinel: Last October, the Orange school board approved a … Continue reading

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