Tag Archives: No Child Left Behind

Corporate Education Reform Continues to Lose Conservative Intellectuals

Many conservative republicans are considering the once unthinkable: The Bush’s were wrong about education. President George W. Bush with No Child Let Behind and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush with his corporate financed foundations are more responsible that anyone for … Continue reading

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Tony Bennett’s Desperate, Disengenuous Defense of Common Core

Sun Sentinel reporter Anthony Man was in attendance when Florida Education Commissioner Tony Bennett made a speech to Broward Workshop’s State of Our County forum on April 12. Bennett focused his speech on the sudden and unexpected debate that’s emerged … 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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Miami-Dade Superintendent: “A Flawed Accountability System….That Needs Reform”

Influential Miami-Dade Superintendent of Schools Alberto Carvalho ripped into Florida’s entire accoutability system in an afternoon press conference today. Miami Herald reporters Laura Insensee and Michael Vasquez were there: State education administrators, who are in charge of grading schools and students, … 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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Punching Holes in Jeb Bush’s NAEP-Based “Florida Miracle” Myth

Full disclosure: During the years of the hyperpartisan Bill Clinton and George W. Bush administrations, I’d grown to loathe Democrats, their operatives and media cheerleaders.  My turn the channel dismissiveness ended with SB736. Perhaps if the Florida gubernatorial campaign of Democrat Alex Sink … 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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‘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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“Testing Fan” Mitt Romney Serves Up Anti-Teacher Union Red Meat on FOX News Sunday

James Kitfield writing in the National Journal takes this snippet from Mitt Romney’s interview with Bret Baier:  Romney reiterated his support for the testing requirements in the 2001 “No Child Left Behind Act,” but promised as president to push back against … Continue reading

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