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Influential Miami-Dade Superintendent Finds Selection of New Florida Tests “Insufficient”

StateImpact reporter John O’Connor has this: Miami-Dade schools superintendent Alberto Carvalho said the process by which Florida chose a new statewide exam was ‘insufficient’ and he questioned whether the test from the American Institutes for Research will be right for … Continue reading

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Rick Scott’s Deliberately Misleading PECO Charter School Funding Proposal

Rick Scott created the slippery slope education funding when he cut education funding during his first term. Now he’s having to navigate it during a year he has to face voters. Let’s consider his tricky wording which justifies giving more … Continue reading

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Florida’s New High School Requirements and Alternatives Show Legislators Were Listening

Some could say that they even offered a mea culpa. From Travis Pillow in the Tallahassee Democrat: The expansion of career education has been tied to broader changes to high school graduation requirements in competing proposals advanced by both House … Continue reading

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Tony Bennett’s Curious Meddling in Parent Trigger

So Parent Trigger legislation predictably moved through a House committee yesterday along party lines by a 8-5 vote. But the most interesting news of the day came in the form of a letter that Florida’s new education commissioner, Tony Bennett … Continue reading

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Jeb Bush’s Foundation Wants Florida to Ignore Crony Capitalism on Charter Schools

Big charter school operators have been whispering about getting their own independent board to approve charter schools. This week, Jeb Bush’s Foundation for Excellence in Education editorialist Mike Thomas unsurprisingly made the case that it was time for Florida to … Continue reading

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Jeb Bush Facing the Reality of Opposition Within His Own Party

Bush has apparently noticed that having surrogates write op-eds on his behalf isn’t working and has finally taken up the pen himself. Writing predictably with cherry-picked data to justify his choice/accountability mantras, Bush targets and dismisses those who have been dealing with the disasters … Continue reading

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Leon County Superintendent, Others Call for Investigation of FCAT Grade Changes

The Tallahassee Democrat‘s Travis Pillow reports: Leon County’s schools superintendent is demanding the state provide the districts with details of state testing data at the center of this month’s miscalculation of school grades. Superintendent Jackie Pons on Thursday sent state … Continue reading

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Why Resolution on High-Stakes Tests Was Necessary in Florida: “No Evidence Legislative Pipeline Will Bring Relief”

The Bradenton Times has a comprehensive story this morning titled, “High-Stakes Testing Resistance Spreads Across Florida.” Highlighting Manatee county’s decision, the Times has this: In Florida, more than a dozen countywide school committees serving three-quarters of a million students endorsed the National … Continue reading

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Brevard School Board Joins Surge Opposing High-Stakes Tests

Reports Florida Today’s Mackenzie Ryan: Brevard School Board members Thursday called on state leaders to overhaul a school accountability system that they say over- emphasizes and over-uses the FCAT as a measure of student, teacher, school and district performance. “It’s … Continue reading

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How Gerard Robinson’s Lecture Ignited a Powerful Movement Against Florida’s High-Stakes Testing Regime

Save Duval Schools founder Deborah Gianoulis Heald attended the Florida School Boards Association meeting this week in Tampa. Here are her comments in a letter to the editor of the Lakeland Ledger: In Tampa on Thursday, I watched elected school board members … Continue reading

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