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Erika Donald’s Game-Changing White Paper on Florida’s Testing Regime

Knocking on the door of state-wide recognition as a leader in state education policy since her election to the Collier county school board member, Erika Donalds may have eclipsed her own expectations with the release of a white paper memorandum of … Continue reading

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Why New York’s Common Core Collapse Continues to Haunt Florida

Florida is a year or two behind New York implementing Common Core and its rigid high-stakes tests regime and New York’s rapidly unfolding collapse has gone beyond cautionary tale status. State superintendent John King was told by a legislator last … Continue reading

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Using Taxpayer Dollars to Mislead Parents on Common Core

After reminding readers that Connecticut governor Daniel P. Malloy is on record as saying “I’ll settle for teaching to the test if it means raising test scores,” Wendy Lecker effectively slams the governor’s faith in tests and his plans to sell … Continue reading

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Michelle Rhee, Parent Revolution Blink on Accountability

From Education Week reporter Alyson Klein: So remember how California is planning to suspend most of its accountability testing for a year in order to help the state’s schools get up to speed on new tests aligned with the Common … 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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Reminding Floridians Why They Cannot Trust Will Weatherford on Education Policy

A clear disagreement exists about raising the pay of Florida teachers. Governor Rick Scott wants across the board raise in base pay. Legislative leaders Sen. Don Gaetz (R-Niceville) and Rep. Will Weatherford (R-Wesley Chapel) want the same funding to go … Continue reading

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How $1.9 Million From the Race to the Top Grant Was Used as a Propaganda Tool For the Florida Model

Jeff Solochek of Gradebook calls attention to those reading scores everyone’s been bragging about for the last month. Florida’s fourth graders are the second-best readers in the world, Gov. Rick Scott claimed during a recent discussion with black lawmakers. That’s pretty … Continue reading

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Florida’s “School Grades Remain a Function of Politics, Not Academics”

One can never expect Palm Beach Post editorialist Jac Versteeg to hold back in his ire for Florida education policies. This morning was no exception. In his sights were Florida’s school grades: Florida’s high school grades for last year are … 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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