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Jeb Bush’s “Seperate-But-Unequal Educational Choice System”

Scathing Purple Musings won’t have to add much to Tom Romano’s take-down in the Tampa Bay Times of legislation which expanded Florida’s school voucher system. Students, teachers and administrators are seemingly held captive by standardized tests in public schools, and yet tax … Continue reading

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“Absurdity of Florida’s VAM Scam”

Writes Palm Coast teacher Jo Ann C. Nahirny in her column at FlaglerLive: Now fully armed with my own VAM scores, (and since I’d paid the fee to access the site anyway) I decided to compare my scores to that … Continue reading

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Florida VAM Scores: The Most Meaningless Teacher Evaluation Exercise Ever?

So writes Valerie Strauss in the Washington Post: There are numerous problems with using VAM scores for high-stakes decisions, but in this particular release of data, the most obvious and perhaps the most egregious one is this: Some 70 percent … Continue reading

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How Come Florida Legislators Aren’t Talking About VAM and Merit Pay?

Miami-Dade superintendent Alberto Carvalho made  the pitch to the state board of education last week that Florida must pause its multiple accountability systems: Carvalho said the proposal would make it clear which schools and districts were performing well and which … Continue reading

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Is Merit Pay Dead in Florida?

The indispensable John O’Connor of StateImpact has a preview of the upcoming legislative session. Here’s what he writes about teacher evaluations and merit pay: The Student Success Act requires school districts begin paying teachers based on their evaluations starting this year. … Continue reading

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Tampa Bay Times: Florida’s School Grading System “Divorced From Reality”

Yowza: Good high schools. Great faculty. Underperforming students. • That’s the condensed version of recent education reports out of Tallahassee spawned by an accountability system gone awry. Apparently schools and teachers are doing great, it’s just the students who aren’t … Continue reading

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Desperately Seeking the New FCAT

In Anastasia Dawson’s Tampa Tribune story from one week ago: Leaders from the Florida Association of District School Superintendents and the Florida School Board Association voted Thursday to lobby state legislators for a three-year extension before the Common Core State … Continue reading

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Reminding Floridians Why They Cannot Trust Will Weatherford on Education Policy

A clear disagreement exists about raising the pay of Florida teachers. Governor Rick Scott wants across the board raise in base pay. Legislative leaders Sen. Don Gaetz (R-Niceville) and Rep. Will Weatherford (R-Wesley Chapel) want the same funding to go … Continue reading

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Gaetz Says No to Scott’s Teacher Pay Raises

Not that anyone really felt that Scott’s political ploy had a chance, it was going to be interesting to see the end game of it’s dispatch. Senate president Don Gaetz took care of that yesterday. From the Orlando Sentinel: Senate President … Continue reading

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New FLDOE Test Scoring Calculations “Has Potential to Dismantle Public Education”

FLDOE researcher Kathy Hebda has testified before the Florida legislature and the state Board of Education that data that was acquired by the SB736  guidelines was valid and measured what was intended. Meanwhile,  Jeb Bush’s Foundation for Excellence in Education has … Continue reading

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