Tag Archives: National Resolution on High-Stakes Testing

Jeb Bush’s Transparent Evolution on Testing and History of Contempt for Local School Boards

Education policy junkies know that when they hear the words of Patricia Levesque, she is talking for her boss, former Florida governor Jeb Bush. Levesque is Bush’ top policy advisor for his two interchangeable non-profits – Foundation for Florida’s Future … Continue reading

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Start the Clock: Controversial Voucher Bill Arrives On Rick Scott’s Desk

Reports Leslie Postal in the Orlando Sentinel: The Florida Legislature has sent Gov. Rick Scott the controversial bill that expands the state’s largest school voucher program. Scott has 15 days to decide what to do with the bill (SB 850). A number of education advocacy … Continue reading

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“We’ve Been VAMboozled” in Florida

So said United Teachers of Dade president Fedrick Ingram at yesterday’s “Walk a Mile in Our Schools” rally in Miami. From David Smiley’s report in the Miami Herald: A handful of local politicians participated in Friday’s rally, including Democratic state … Continue reading

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Florida Republican Legislators Continue Its Efforts to End Local Control of Schools

The Okaloosa County School Board held a workshop that involved all community stakeholders in considering a proposal to change high school starting times. In the end the board voted not to do so.  Superintendent Mary Beth Jackson said that the … Continue reading

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Common Core’s Not the Problem; It’s the “Other Stuff”

New York is a step ahead of Florida. They have implemented Common Core and  administered the state-wide tests that go with them. The roll-out proved to be a disaster. Politicians develop education policy after listening  to lobbyists and folks who are paid … Continue reading

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IRS Targeting, the Atlanta Cheating Scandal and the Bush-Rhee High-Stakes Test Model

Imagine for a minute that the opposite is true and that the United States abruptly switched from a flat tax to the federal tax code we have now? Frightening huh? Yet this is essentially what the nation’s two top education policy-makers … Continue reading

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Florida’s New High School Requirements and Alternatives Show Legislators Were Listening

Some could say that they even offered a mea culpa. From Travis Pillow in the Tallahassee Democrat: The expansion of career education has been tied to broader changes to high school graduation requirements in competing proposals advanced by both House … Continue reading

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Another Bush Chief For Change, Another Misinformation Campaign

It appears that another one of Bush’s Chiefs for Change, Oklahoma Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi, is on a similar state-wide tour to advance another Bush policy. And like Robinson in Florida last year, Barresi is spinning to protect his agenda. From … Continue reading

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Florida Chamber of Commerce Legislative Goals: Merit Pay, Union Busting and Protecting High-Stakes Testing

After cutting through lofty platitudes in their legislative agenda the FCOC include these talking points about education. First in their letter to “Letter to Florida Business Leaders” *Education reform is hurting because union leaders make it about the adults when it … Continue reading

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Pinellas SB Member on SB 736: “We are building on a very flawed and invalid system”

From Tampa Bay Times reporters Curtis Krueger and Lisa Gartner: The School Board unanimously voted on Tuesday to tweak the system Pinellas uses to evaluate teachers — but that doesn’t mean members are happy. “We are building on a very … Continue reading

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