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Florida Republican Senator Rips Bush Foundation With “I’m Over You”

While Lutz republican senator John Legg is justifiably being complemented by many teachers this morning for the improvements to Florida’s test-based accountability system he managed in SB 616, he subtly revealed that Jeb Bush still holds far too much sway … Continue reading

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Uncertainty Remains in Senate on Hays-Simmons Hold Harmless Amendment to SB 616

Chatter from the Florida Senate was unusually quite over the weekend for a bill which would take in the most oxygen on the floor this week. Perhaps it’s because even senators aren’t sure what’s going on. From Lynn Hatter for … Continue reading

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Janet Adkins Stunning Facebook Post Which Opens the Door for Opt-Out

  In a remarkable two days of Facebook back-and-forth with a handful of Florida parents regarding Florida’s new FSA tests, Fernandina Beach republican state senator Janet Adkins engaged with Sandy Stenoff, co-founder Opt-Out  Florida and Opt-Out Orlando and made the following comment: … Continue reading

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Step Up for Students Misquotes Broward SB Member in Pro-Charter School Propaganda Hit Job

The Step Up for Students employees who write for their redefinED blog usually don’t  take quotes out of context to engage in political hackery, but they have now. Lets track the anatomy of a social media hit. At 630 AM this … Continue reading

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Pearson, AIR, Common Core and Opt-Out Collide in New Mexico

After hundreds of New Mexico high school kids walked out of common core inspired, state-mandated tests last week in protest, a perfect storm of education policy manifested in a state district courtroom. Scathing Purple Musings referred to this same Associated … Continue reading

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Will Florida Become a Battleground For Pearson and AIR?

  Former Florida education commissioner Tony Bennett arrived with some carry-on baggage. While serving as Indiana’s top education boss, he served as the fiscal agent for the  multi-state consortia which would administer PARCC exams to several state’s students. When Bennett was … Continue reading

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The Florida DOE’s Subtle Cover-Up of FSA Failure

A story by Miami Herald reporters Kathleen McGrory and Christina Veiga which took a look at the past week’s FSA testing meltdown was published online late last Saturday night. This paragraph – a part of every professional journalist’s obligation – is … Continue reading

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Despite Assurances, FSA Failures Erupt in Dade, Duval and Pasco Counties

From the Florida Times Union: Duval Public Schools called off testing again today, the fourth day that tens of thousands of students across Florida were supposed to be writing essays for the state’s new online annual exams. This is the … Continue reading

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“More Students Are Expected to Flunk”

These are the first words in this morning’s article by Christina Veiga in the Miami Herald: More students are expected to flunk. School districts warn they might not be ready. And parents are threatening to boycott. Ready or not — … Continue reading

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“Jeb’s Base Is Insiders and Lobbyists”

The applause line for Jeb Bush at CPAC last Friday came from folks his handlers organized in an email campaign. Tampa Bay Times reporter Alex Leary obtained a copy: Friends, A group of JEB! ’16 supporters are heading out to … Continue reading

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