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A Fool’s Errand: Talking to Florida Republican Legislators About Testing

  It’s not that Florida’s local school boards haven’t tried before. But to feel Florida’s republican legislative body will help – if they just listen  – that they will take action before the state’s schools plunge into chaos when public … 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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Florida Parents: “You’ll Soon Be Told Your Schools Stink”

Writes columnist Scott Maxwell in the Orlando Sentinel: Get ready, parents. There’s a good chance you will soon be told your schools stink.. Almost all of them. Even the best ones. We’re talking rampant F- and D-rated schools throughout the … Continue reading

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Will Lake County Schools Say No to Rick Scott’s Value Added Model Along With School Grades?

Florida’s school districts continue their revolt against Rick Scott and Jeb Bush’s education model. The Lake County School Board added their district to that  growing list, but took the remarkable step of doing away with provisions of Rick Scott’s signature teacher … Continue reading

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FairTest: Flat SAT Scores Show Test Focus Does Not Boost College Readiness

In a 6pm press release from FairTest:  SAT scores for the nation’s high school seniors continue to stagnate according to data being released on Tuesday by the test’s sponsor, the College Board. Overall SAT averages have dropped by 21 points … Continue reading

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Florida’s “Reckless” Policy Driven By “Education Elites” and the “Paid to Advocate”

Former Florida republican senator and one-time gubernatorial candidate Paula Dockery has never been part of the merry education reform bandwagon the vast majority of her state colleagues jumped on just because Jeb Bush said. Much of her post-legislative days have … Continue reading

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Bad Scores From Utah May Doom Florida Kids On Rick Scott’s New Tests

From Leslie Postal and Dan Sweeney in the Sun Sentinel: Utah students took their state’s new Common Core tests this spring, and they struggled so badly that a majority of Utah schools could end up graded D or F. Despite … Continue reading

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Blame For Florida’s Testing Mess Can Be Assigned to Rick Scott

It was always going to be easy for Rick Scott to savage Charlie Crist. For a registered republican voter like this writer, Crist’s syrupy musings for Barack Obama and Obamacare are cringe worthy. But Scott won’t be getting this vote … 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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Charter Schools USA Resubmits MacDill AFB Application, Includes Sketchy Survey Data

So Charter Schools USA is back in trying to bag a facility on MacDill AFB. In spite of lots of showboating and aggrieved hand wringing by CSUSA mouthpieces, Hillsborough school district rejected their application because it wasn’t clear if local … Continue reading

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