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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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Bush Lackey Defeated; Duval School Board Rejects His Resolution to Condemn Lawsuit Against Vouchers

Since Jason Fischer received the endorsement of Jeb Bush for Duval School Board, he’s carried their water. In 2013, he appeared at the legislative hearing in support of the extremely divisive parent trigger bill. This time, he used the seat … Continue reading

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The Curious MacDill AFB Charter School USA Proposal Gets More Curious

After the Hillsborough school board unanimously rejected a Charter Schools USA proposal to open a school on MacDill AFB, superintendent Maryellen Elia went to work on coming up with alternatives. They came up with some good one’s, but not good … Continue reading

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Pinellas SB Member on SB 736: “We are building on a very flawed and invalid system”

From Tampa Bay Times reporters Curtis Krueger and Lisa Gartner: The School Board unanimously voted on Tuesday to tweak the system Pinellas uses to evaluate teachers — but that doesn’t mean members are happy. “We are building on a very … Continue reading

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Duval Superintendent’s Curious Position on Charter Schools

Ron Matus of redifinED recently interviewed new Duval school’s superintendent Nikolai Vitti. The former chief academic officer of Dade schools surprised Matus with his position on authorization of charter schools. Vitti also offered a surprising take on who should authorize … Continue reading

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“Florida DOE Has Abdicated its Accountability Role to Pearson”

Within a blistering critique of Gerard Robinson’s tenure as Florida’s education commissioner, Osceola school board member Jay Wheeler make an astonishing observation about the role that  testing giant Pearson plays in Florida’s education system. Writes Wheeler in Around Osceola: Additionally the … Continue reading

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Why Local School Board Members Pose the Biggest Threat to Florida’s Anointed All-Knowings

Coleen Conklin isn’t afraid to ruffle feathers. A serious advocate for public schools, Conklin raised the possibility of a lawsuit targeting Rick Scott and the legislature in April 2011 for failing to fund education. She even toyed with the idea … Continue reading

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Duval to Consider Resolution on High-Stakes Testing Today

Froe Florida Times-Union reporter Teresa Stepzinski: The Duval County School Board on Tuesday will discuss whether to jump on the bandwagon of school districts statewide calling for alternatives to the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test. It will take up the matter … Continue reading

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Will One Flagler School Board Election Serve As a Referendum On Resolution Against High-Stakes Testing?

Flagler county school board member, Colleen Conklin,  has been one voices Floridians have been hearing from longest who raised warnings on the direction Florida lawmakers were taking the state’s schools. With the Flagler board’s cost-saving decision to cut the school day … Continue reading

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National Association of Secondary Schools Principals Endorses Resolution on High Stakes Testing

The nation’s leading association of high school principals joined the growing movement to end the way the nation’s policy-makers are imposing crippling high-stakes tests regimes on the nation’s schools. Diane Ravitch spoke to the group before a nearly unanimous vote … Continue reading

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