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The Next Irresponsible Expansion of Florida’s McKay Scholarship is Here

Now it won’t matter that a child wasn’t even a student in Florida the year before to qualify. From the wisdom of Sen. Miguel Diaz de la Portilla (R-Miami) comes SB 172 which provides: John M. McKay Scholarships for Students … Continue reading

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Violence, Abuse Documented at Florida, Pennsylvania For-Profit Schools

The school privatization juggernaut – cloaked under a shroud of false benevolence (It’s about students first) – received some indefensible bad press this weekend in two state’s key to their movement. First from Florida in an Alexandra Zayas story in … Continue reading

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Why Mavericks Charter Schools Got Some ‘Splainin’ to Do

UPDATE after the bump at the end. Alternative newspaper NewTimes has done the heavy reporting and has unmasked the massive, unregulated fraud that exists in Florida’s education privatization industry. This summer’s NewTimes story about the abuse of McCay scholarships gives them significant street … Continue reading

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Democrat Legislator Requests for More McKay Scholarship Oversight

H/T to SayfieReview. Writes Angeline Taylor in the Bradenton Herald Today: State Rep. Rick Kriseman, D-St. Petersburg, asked Tuesday for more oversight  in the McKay Scholarship Program. Kriseman’s request was sent to the state’s chairwoman of the K-20 Innovation  Subcommittee, … Continue reading

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Why Expanding Vouchers is an Unconscionable Act

Florida House speaker-in waiting told St. Petersburg Times education reporter, Jeffrey Solochek last week that he had plans to expand the corporate tax credit. Jacksonville parent Julie G. Delegal has been an obsever of the state’s reform efforts for some time. She … Continue reading

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Why the Miami Charter School Scandal Signals that its Time to Question the Wisdom and Judgement of Florida’s School Reformers

Those adult themes parties at that Miami charter school were put on by the husband of its owner, but Rocka Malik says she doesn’t know anything about them: Balere’s principal and founder, Rocka Malik, told The Miami Herald on Thursday that … Continue reading

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Florida’s Teacher’s Union Files Suit to Stop Expansion of Vouchers to Religious Schools

Among the far-reaching efforts of Florida’s republican legislators to expand privatization of education during the latest session was to place on the ballot a  repeal of the Blaine Amendment. The Blaine Amendment has been in the cross-hairs of Republicans since the … Continue reading

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Florida Charter Schools Fall “far short of the sky-high promises by politicians and for-profit executives who claimed that they would do better”

Coming on the heals of this weekends Orlando Sentinel story regarding the poor overall performance of the state’s charter schools, arrives a thorough smackdown of the politicians whom plunged Florida into such a commitment in the first place. Writes Scott Maxwell: But … Continue reading

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