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Are Stew’s Standards All About Keeping Florida’s Race to the Top Cash?

Fifteen percent. That’s the number of changes allowed in Common Core Standards ambiguous loosely defined copyright and the estimated amount of largely cosmetic changes Florida education commissioner Pam Stewart made to Common Core Standards to make them “truly ours.” The … 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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Florida Ed Commissioner Gerard Robinson’s Transparent Rhetoric

Over a period of 48 hours, Gerard Robinson has twice attempted to deflect criticism for his plan to turn Florida’s school grade formula upside down. Here part of his Thursday statement: The proposed changes to our school grading system are … Continue reading

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So that Florida DOE Cash for Charter Schools is Coming from Race to the Top Funds

The Florida DOE’s announcement that it would apply $2o million toward charter school start-ups drew significant condemnation here.  Now comes word where the money is coming from. In a weekend interview with the leader of the Florida Charter School Growth … Continue reading

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Will NCLB’s Clear “Dramatic Failure by its Own Chosen Indicators” Prompt Florida’s Own Pushback Against Ed Reform?

Teacher, writer and education activist Anthony Cody offers this critique of NCLB: Remember that this law set itself the goal of making every child in the nation proficient by 2014, and eliminating the achievement gap between ethnic groups. So NCLB, perhaps … Continue reading

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Herman Cain says the “Federal Government Shouldn’t be in the Business of Micromanaging Education”

Add businessman and GOP presidential hopeful Herman Cain to the list of influential republican opponents of the federal control of education policy. Writes Shane Vander Hart: I thought I’d give Herman Cain some props for a state he made in the … Continue reading

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Arne Duncan’s “Backdoor Blueprint Strategy” based on “Behavior Bucks” is “Coerced Voluntarism”

SOS March Organizer Anthony Cody takes issue with Arne Duncan’s brazen takeover of the nation’s schools in a clever, poignant way: Our Department of Education is still making rookie mistakes by trying to drive reform with Behavior Bucks. Perhaps they should … Continue reading

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