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The Breaking Republican Senate Coalition on Testing

Nobody really knew that Tampa republican senator Tom Lee felt as he did on Florida’s high-stakes testing regime until yesterday when he took to the senate floors made these comments during debate on SB 616: Senator Lee: We’ve gotten an … Continue reading

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Will SB 616 Sponsor John Legg Be the One to Shepherd Through a Temporary Hold Harmless on Testing?

As the week begins, the republican-dominated Florida Senate is still characterized as having a “willingness” to go slowly on accountability provisions in Senator John Legg’s SB 616 testing reform bill. They are recognizing that the state’s new FSA tests are … Continue reading

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Inside Rick Scott’s Budget Proposals For Education

Writing for PolitiFact, the joint Miami Herald-Tampa Bay Times venture, Joshua Gillin and Amy Sherman have a useful overview of Florida Governor Rick Scott’s budgetary initiatives for education. There’s good and bad. Let’s take a look: (Scott) pledged to investigate every … Continue reading

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So Florida’s Voucher Program is Costing Taxpayers After All

The political arm of Florida’s voucher program have long scoffed at the idea that it’s program, the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program, didn’t take money away from public schools. Maybe not directly, but Rick Scott’s recent proposal to increase property … Continue reading

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Scott’s Keep Florida Learning Committee Has Two Legislators – Both Republicans With Strong Charter School Ties

Here is the list from Jeffrey  Solochek in Gradebook: Education Commissioner Pam Stewart 2015 Florida Teacher of the Year: Christie Bassett, Polk County Legislator: Representative Manny Díaz, Jr., a Hialeah Republican who works for a charter school firm and heads … Continue reading

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Debbie Mayfield’s Remarkable Opt-Out Bill Signals Further Decline of Jeb Bush’s Influence

From Tampa Bay Times reporter Jeffrey Solochek: State Rep. Debbie Mayfield, the Vero Beach Republican who made a mark last year by pushing to end the Common Core in Florida, wants to change that law. Mayfield filed a bill late … Continue reading

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Patricia Levesque’s Shameful Hypocrisy on School Grades

Perhaps the top policy wonk for Jeb Bush’s education foundations feels she can flex her muscles as her boss is raking in so much cash for a presidential run. Patricia Levesque is back and acting as if every policy must be run … Continue reading

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Revisiting Gary Chartrand’s Conflicts of Interests

Florida Times-Union reporter Rhema Thompson has an excellent feature on the chairman of state board of education, Gary Chartrand and his many conflicts of interests which Floridians are expected to just brush aside: With his official term as chairman of … Continue reading

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Rick Scott’s Charter School Slush Fund(s)

Florida TaxWatch is a reliable tool of the state republican establishment and all things charter school, but they don’t falsify numbers. So let’s take a look at FTW’s review of Rick Scott’s proposal for education facility projects: Fixed Capital Outlay – … Continue reading

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Look How Easily a Take on Charter Schools From New Zealand Models Florida

From New Zealand online news aggregate Voxy.co.nz: In the USA, scandal after scandal has swept charter schools: poor teaching, poor facilities, financial scams, corruption, profiteering, abrupt closures of failed schools, political patronage, abuse…. Almost everything that could go wrong in … Continue reading

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