Tag Archives: Nan Rich

Can Florida Teachers and Public School Advcates Look to the Harbinger of Hawaii?

From Cathy Bussewitz and Juliet Williams  of the Associated Press: A 40-year political career came to a close after Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie lost his bid for a second term in a stunning primary-election defeat by a fellow Democrat and … Continue reading

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Rick Scott Signs Voucher Expansion Bill; Will FEA Make a Legal Challenge?

Both Leslie Postal in the Orlando Sentinel and AP reporter Gary Fineout are saying that Rick Scott has just signed SB 85O which will expand Florida’s school voucher program. Fineout writes that Scott’s signature would “trigger a legal challenge from … Continue reading

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Perhaps It is Republican Cuts to Bright Futures Scholarships Which Provides the Best Argument Against Florida Voucher Expansion

While PolitiFact dispatched Nan Rich’s claim that Florida’s new expansion of school vouchers takes $3 billion a way from public education (Scathing Purple Musings takes this position, too) they didn’t argue with her number. They disagreed with Rich’s accounting and … Continue reading

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“There is school choice and there is the destruction of public education choice”

A teacher and candidate for Marion School Board, Diane Schrier writes in the Ocala Star Banner: Marion County has been lucky so far, as we’ve managed to be able to keep out most of these organizations (for-profit charter schools) through … Continue reading

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Bill Gates: “Don’t Rush Teacher Evaluations. Do It Right.”

The Atlanta Journal Constitution’s excellent education reporter, Maureen Downey, posts Bill Gates’ speech to the Education Commission of the States conference in her GetSchooled blog. Gates’ foundation is funding a teacher evaluation pilot program in Hillsborough county. Many will find his comments to … Continue reading

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Florida Charter School’s Aren’t Being Held Accountable

A memorable exchange took place in February 2011 between two powerful Florida senators during a committee debate on Senate Bill 736, which ushered in Florida’s new teacher-evaluation system. Nan Rich, a Sunrise Democrat, suggested it might be more prudent to … Continue reading

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Florida Democrats Go After Republicans on Education Policy

State Democrat Chairman Rod Smith took advantage of the bad news on FCAT to let republicans have it yesterday. From the Miami Herald: “The problem isn’t our public schools or our children — the problem is that the Republican Party … Continue reading

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