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There’s Political Peril in Today’s Release of Florida VAM Scores

From the Tampa Tribune: After a lengthy legal battle with a Florida newspaper, the Florida Department of Education released thousands of public school teachers’ individual value-added evaluation scores today. The scores are from teachers’ evaluations during the 2011-12 and 2012-13 … Continue reading

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Florida Teacher Evaluations Are “Pseudo Science”

Dan Bennett is vice president of the Brevard Teachers Union. The following is a letter to the editor he penned to FloridaToday: Anyone confused by the teacher evaluation system? For decades, school reformers have mined FCAT data in different ways … Continue reading

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The Flawed Assumptions and Intentions of Florida’s Education Accountability System

It’s not certain where the most recent work of the Shanker Institute’s Matt DiCarlo will take the debate on Florida’ education accountability system. DiCarlo weighed in on Florida Senate president Don Gaetz comment (here and here) that Florida’s entire education accountability system was … Continue reading

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The Future of the Florida Senate: Will the Anti-Privatization Coalition Extend to Schools

What follows is an analysis by a long time observer of Florida politics. The writer desires to be recognized by a pseudonym, Lois Pace. Will the emerging center coalition in the Florida Senate flex its muscle as we enter the … Continue reading

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Rick Scott’s Week of Shaking Hands, Kissing Babies and Picking the Pockets of Public Education

Florida’s Department of Education has a blog. Even Commissioner Gerard Robinson posts occasionally in the curiously named Finding Common Ground. My colleagues in public education probably find my use of “curiously” to be a bit lacking. Perhaps “disingenuous” would be better. Especially … Continue reading

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Did Florida Republicans Deliberately Mislead Voters on Race to the Top?

The Florida Education Association was skeptical of the Obama-Duncan Race to the Top (RttT)  initiative, but eventually became part of the team which then governor Charlie Crist put together to apply for the grant. As it turns out RttT has … Continue reading

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Mike Haridopolos, Demagoguery and Teacher Derangment Syndrome

From blogging colleague Education Matters comes this link to Polk County online publication NewsChief.com. It seems that NewsChief was at a speaking engagement of Florida Senate President Mike Haridopolos. The former US Senate hopeful offered up this red meat for the … Continue reading

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The Eerily Similar Paths of Florida and Wisconsin to Education Reform

Quickly becoming one of the nation’s most important education reporters, Joy Resmovits writes this about the goings ons in Scott Walker’s Wisconsin: After slashing education funding and reducing teachers’ collective bargaining rights earlier this year, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) … Continue reading

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Florida’s New Ed Commish “wants to hear more from teachers”

The St. Petersburg Times, Florida’s best newspaper, weighs in on the appointment of Gerard Robinson as Commissioner of the Board of Education. The title of the piece, “A Pragmatic Message on Reform,” indicates the Times is somewhat hopeful for Robinson’s tenure. … Continue reading

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Axelrod on Scott, Crist, Obama’s 2012 Prospects in Florida and Independent Voters

Alex Leary is one on the state’s very best – albeit biased – political reporters. In an interview with Obama advisor David Axelrod, he poignantly covers three topics important to Floridians: Rick Scott, Charlie Crist and President Obama’s prospects for winning Florida in … Continue reading

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