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The Florida Department of Education and AIR Shouldn’t Be Allowed to Investigate Themselves

Jeffrey Solochek with Kathleen McGrory asked some experts to comment on Florida’s current chaotic start-up of its new FSA tests which have been administered by the American Institutes of Research (AIR). In the Tampa Bay Times: Last year, Kansas leaders … Continue reading

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When Jeb Bush Let His Own Charter School Fail

In a stunning letter to the editor of the Miami Herald, the former administrative assistant to the principal of Liberty City School tells the tragic story of the rise and fall of an inner city charter school. Alicia Banuchi writes: Michael … Continue reading

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Reminding Floridians About Jeb Bush’s “Devious Plans” to Undo Class Size Amendment

Education Week reporter Ujifusa took a look at Jeb Bush’s emails as governor. As part of his story, he included a remarkable quote which Bush made in 2002 which still rings true today: As he mulls a White House bid, … Continue reading

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Another Subtle Tweak to Help Florida Republicans Get Around Funding Public Schools

Opponents of Florida’s private school voucher system have long argued that diversion of tax dollars to the coffers of Step Up for Students to “administrate” the misleadingly named “Florida Tax Credit Scholarship” siphon off funds which would otherwise be used … Continue reading

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Florida Republicans Are Frightened by the Opt-Out Movement

In a remarkable letter to Florida Education Commissioner Pam Stewart, the influential big three of the Florida Senate asked for clarity regarding parents’ desire to opt their children out of mandatory state testing. In a letter dated January 13, 2015,  … Continue reading

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Condi Rice’s Appointment to the Head of Jeb Bush’s Foundation Marks the Continuation of Their Willingness to Hijack National Security for Domestic Political Gain

There couldn’t be a more poignant first post for Scathing Purple Musings return. From the Washington Post’s  Valerie Strauss,  the nation’s most important education writer: Former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice is taking the reins of Jeb Bush’s education foundation … Continue reading

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“No Governor Has Been So Coldly Calculating and Cynical” About Public Schools As Rick Scott

Floridians began learning all they needed to know about Rick Scott’s education policy before he took office. He named three charter school executives to his education transition team which only included one person from a traditional public school setting. He … Continue reading

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Can Florida Teachers and Public School Advcates Look to the Harbinger of Hawaii?

From Cathy Bussewitz and Juliet Williams  of the Associated Press: A 40-year political career came to a close after Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie lost his bid for a second term in a stunning primary-election defeat by a fellow Democrat and … Continue reading

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Inauthentic Conservatism At Work in Republican Lawmaker’s Mandate to See D’Souza Movie

It’s not hard to sense that Tampa Bay Times reporter Jeff Solochek doesn’t think much of Sen. Alan Hays (R-Umatilla) bill which would mandate Florida students see what the editors describe in the headline as a “conservative, patriotic” movie. During … Continue reading

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#StopJebNow Hashtag Being Used By Conservative Activists to Defeat Common Core

Writes Fred Lucas in Glenn Beck’s conservative site TheBlaze: In a critical battleground region that one activist labeled “the most important county of the most important state” for presidential politics, conservatives have a succinct message: #StopJebNow. The hashtag was used … Continue reading

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