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Are Stew’s Standards All About Keeping Florida’s Race to the Top Cash?

Fifteen percent. That’s the number of changes allowed in Common Core Standards ambiguous loosely defined copyright and the estimated amount of largely cosmetic changes Florida education commissioner Pam Stewart made to Common Core Standards to make them “truly ours.” The … 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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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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How Democrats Are Abandoning the Most Vulnerable in Our Public Schools

One wonders what late Senator Ted Kennedy would make of the current school reform movement. The senate icon, who is widely seen as the father and champion of special education in the nation’s public schools, died in 2009 before folks like Michelle … Continue reading

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Hilary Rosen, Michelle Rhee and Barack Obama’s AFT – NEA Support

While the American Left rose to the defense of Hilary Rosen’s smear of Ann Romney, the lobbying firm who pays Rosen’s salary was cashing in on her contacts with the Obama White House. According to Lee Fang of The Nation, among … Continue reading

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Did Florida Republicans Deliberately Mislead Voters on Race to the Top?

The Florida Education Association was skeptical of the Obama-Duncan Race to the Top (RttT)  initiative, but eventually became part of the team which then governor Charlie Crist put together to apply for the grant. As it turns out RttT has … Continue reading

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How Rupert Murdoch’s Money for John Kasich is Putting Ohio Back in Play for Obama

If you attempt to take the political temperature of a state and want to make a serious assessment of the climate, you often have to consider the source. AlterNet would admit to being leftward leaning and to being biased  toward Democrats. But … Continue reading

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Arne Duncan’s Got Some ‘Splainin’ to do for His Attack on Rick Perry

This week, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan blasted the performance of Texas schools while Rick Perry has been governor. Hot Air’s Tina Korbe provided this link to Duncan’s interview with Bloomberg News’ Al Hunt: U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Texas’s … Continue reading

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Non-Partisan Brookings Institute Says “President Obama Rewrites NCLB”

Writes Senior Brookings Fellow Russ Whitehurst: It is one thing for an administration to grant waivers to states to respond to unrealistic conditions on the ground or to allow experimentation and innovation. Similar waiver authority has been used to advance … Continue reading

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Arne Duncan’s “Backdoor Blueprint Strategy” based on “Behavior Bucks” is “Coerced Voluntarism”

SOS March Organizer Anthony Cody takes issue with Arne Duncan’s brazen takeover of the nation’s schools in a clever, poignant way: Our Department of Education is still making rookie mistakes by trying to drive reform with Behavior Bucks. Perhaps they should … Continue reading

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