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Revisiting Rick Scott’s Charter School Crony Capitalism

Imagine Charter Schools boss Dennis Bakke was one of three charter school executives named to Rick Scott’s education transition team in 2010. The make-up of Scott’s team signaled that Scott was going nuclear on public schools. Only one representative of public … Continue reading

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Dr. Rosa Castro Feinberg: With Best Wishes to Valentin: Conflicts Between ESOL and Florida Voucher Law

Reprinted in its entirety with permission from Dr. Rosa Castro Feinberg In respond to my columns, Julio Fuentes, President & CEO of the Hispanic Council for Reform and Educational Options and board member for Step Up for Students (SUFS), has … Continue reading

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Florida Senate Voucher Sponsor Earmarked $2.3 Million for Voucher Eligible Sports Academy

From Matt Dixon in the Tampa Tribune: TALLAHASSEE _ Powerful state Sen. Bill Galvano says he had nothing to do with a client of his private law firm securing millions during the 2013 legislative session, but a state budget document … Continue reading

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A Fatal Flaw in Florida Voucher Expansion: ESOL Students Are Getting Shortchanged

There are reports coming in that Florida’s voucher advocates are scrambling to counter a stunning expose by well-respected educator Dr. Rosa Castro Feinberg which lays out the many pitfalls that exist for students whose first language is Spanish. Castro Feinberg … Continue reading

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Florida Republican Lawmakers Moving Toward “Unequal Treatment” of State Schools

Florida republican lawmakers were scolded this week by the Tampa Bay Times for voting “twice to lessen accountability for private-run charter schools and sidestep calls for more accountability for private schools that accept tuition vouchers.” So much for local control. … Continue reading

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Florida Republican Hypocricy Unmasked in Voucher Expansion

Writing in the Gainesville Sun, Alachua County School Board member Eileen Roy points to the numerous contradictions that school vouchers and their legislative enablers  cannot resolve: These schools have little to no accountability and are not required to have certified teachers. … Continue reading

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The Lakeland Ledger: Halt Voucher Expansion Until Public Schools Are Adequately Funded

From the editors of the Lakeland Ledger: Now, House Speaker Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, is calling for sales tax revenue to also be diverted to pay for the program. In addition, he wants to expand the pool of eligible students … Continue reading

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Florida’s School Grade Chaos: “Raising the Bar” Became “Moving the Bar After Everyone Jumped”

Is anyone really surprised to see the Miami Herald has another story about Florida’s school grades with “confused parents” and the “credibility gap facing Florida education leaders?” No? The Florida Department of Education unfairly has to hold the bag again – the school … Continue reading

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Turning Private Information of Florida’s Children Over to the Education for Profit Industry

It’s quickly moved under the radar, and SB 878 will be considered by the Senate Appropriations today. Misleading titled Education Accountability on the senate website, Sen. Bill Galvano’s (R-Bradenton) bill follows adjustments Sec. of Education Arne Duncan made to the Federal … Continue reading

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Bush Foundation Continues to Spin and Evade Questions on Impropriety

Foundation for Excellence in Education CEO Patricia Levesque has been busy writing letters to the editor as a method of responding to In the Public Interest’s  report which focused on her foundation’s emails with state officials. Just two days after … Continue reading

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