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Jeb Bush is Against Federal Control Except When It Can Advance His Agenda

From Mark Caputo in POLITICO: TALLAHASSEE — Bashing teacher unions and calling for more school choice, Jeb Bush gave one of his trademark wonkish policy speeches Tuesday that had one clear omission: “Common Core.” The educational standards, which the likely … Continue reading

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Florida’s Race-Based Goals and Test Reliance Slammed in Senate Chamber

A remarkable press conference was called by an influential Florida state senator yesterday to highlight contradictions in its accountability system. Bill Cotterell writes in the Florida Current: A state senator, a civil rights attorney and the mother of a young … Continue reading

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Rubio Separates From Bush in Opposition to Common Core

From Tampa Bay Times reporter Alex Leary: Sen. Marco Rubio has joined growing criticism of the education standards known as Common Core, putting him in conflict with Jeb Bush at a time when Rubio is sharpening his conservative credentials. “Common … Continue reading

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Marco Rubio’s Flip-Flop on Education

The republican establishment in Washington and every state capital talks education policy in an echo chamber. Bobby Jindal’s now struck down state-wide voucher bill was seen as a  righteous holy crusade. Mitt Romney ran on vouchers. Jeb Bush made a gushing … Continue reading

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“State Blinded By Its Devotion to School Testing”

Tampa Bay Times columnist John Romano takes the latest breakdown in Florida’s test-dominated accountability system and leads to where fault really lies. Florida’s education policy-makers are obsessively devoted to standardized tests. The state’s devotion to standardized testing is admirable. It … Continue reading

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Jeb Bush’s Betrayal of Special Needs Kids AND Conservative Values in Florida’s NCLB Waiver

Jeb Bush wanted Arne Duncan’s NCLB waiver for Florida even though Marco Rubio said Duncan didn’t have the authority to grant them. Standing alone, this is a stunning tidbit that’s gone unnoticed by the Florida media. But both are so 2011. Here … Continue reading

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Don’t Be Fooled By Rick Scott’s Clever Rhetoric on High-Stakes Testing

Desperate for a PR winner to defend his high-stakes tests regime, Rick Scott may have found one with a simple rhetorical tool: Change the wording. One now. One later.  Let’s take a look: “Parents and taxpayers expect measurement. We’ve got … Continue reading

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Pearson Spends “Hundreds of Thousands” to Influence Florida Politicians

From WFTV and the work of investigative reporter George Spencer: Despite scoring problems and student failures, the state is paying Pearson $249 million for five years of tests and grading. WFTV also found that Pearson spend hundreds of thousands to … Continue reading

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‘High School Exit Test Scores Have Been Found to Rise, While Graduation Rates Stagnate”

Huffington Post education writer Joy Resmovits interviewed scholars who conducted a National Research Council study which overviewed “incentives and test-based accountability in public schools.” Their conclusions may be the most damaging to test-based reform and NCLB to date. We went … Continue reading

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What Jeb Bush Has Wrought

News came  yesterday that influential Florida politicians were calling on the Florida Board of Education to reconsider recent grade changes as they adversely affect english-langauge learners. From Jeff Solochek in Gradebook: The Florida Board of Education’s decisions to change the state school … Continue reading

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