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Rick Scott’s 2012 FCAT Rankings Show Poverty Matters

Ocala Star-Banner editor Brad Rogers remind his readers of Rick Scott’s ill-fated 2012 release of FCAT rankings by district, and he’s not attempted that stunt since. Scathing Purple Musings speculated that the decision was a strictly political one and a … Continue reading

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The Dirty Little Secret That Discredits Florida’s Latest Charter School Miracle Study

So redefinED‘s Ron Matus bit hard on a charter school miracle piece in Jay P. Geene’s Blog and missed something huge. Maybe the new addition of the job title as  director for policy & public affair for Step Up for … Continue reading

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Latest FLDOE Finding: Poverty and Race Didn’t Matter in Teacher Evaluation Scores

From Associated Press reporter Bill Kaczor in the Miami Herald: TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Studies show students’ race and socio-economic status have virtually no correlation with their teachers’ performance evaluation scores, a top Florida education official told a legislative panel Thursday.

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Like Florida, Virginia Takes Heat for Its Race-Based Education Goals

The presidential election suppressed what would otherwise have been a firestorm into a two-day ho-hum.  The Florida Board of Education’s decision to sign off on race-based school goals was quickly brushed aside as it didn’t sell newspapers like presidential politics … Continue reading

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New St. Louis Imagine Schools Chief Makes Excuses for Poor Test Scores

Its that they’re scores were poor to begin with, you see: (Alan) Olkes acknowledged that achievement has been less than stellar if it is judged by state tests that compare Imagine students to everyone else in Missouri in the same … Continue reading

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Duval Schools Deals With Poverty’s Realities

From the Florida-Times Union’s Teresa Stepzinski: The Duval County School Board will discuss whether too many inexperienced  teachers are working at the district’s worst-performing schools and what can be  done to recruit and retain seasoned educators for those classrooms.

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Utah State Ed Board Chair Doesn’t Like Florida Model

A republican dominated legislature is facing opposition to its desire to implement Jeb Bush’s Florida school grade model in Utah. Dixie Allen, the state ed boards vice chair writes: The assumption school grades will improve student outcomes in Utah becomes  … Continue reading

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Duval Schools Study Finds that Poverty Matters in Florida

The editors of the Florida-Times Union has published an informative list of conclusions that a national consultant made during a comprehensive study of Duval schools. The even-handed nature of the study is indicated by the fact that there are things that both sides … Continue reading

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Smacking Down Margaret Spellings

Last weekend’s Huffington Post piece by Bush-era Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings was a remarkable exercise in condescension and self-righteousness.  Her mischaracterizations of teachers was unprecedented and representative of someone who never should have been in such a position of power … Continue reading

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Dallas Morning News Rips Arne Duncan’s Texas Gaffe as a “Politically Motivated Distortion”

Dallas Morning News editorial writer Robert Scott has had it with Arne Duncan: Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s insult to Texas public education was a politically motivated distortion that doesn’t become a federal official in his position. What a load this … Continue reading

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