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The Well-Financed Effort to Marginalize and Intimidate Opt-Out Parents

Though she resigned as chair late last year, last week’s Tweet from Students First was pure Michelle Rhee: Will the #optout movement realize it’s fighting a losing cause? In its Tweet, Students First links to an opinion piece from one … Continue reading

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Why Alan Hays Pulled His Amendment Which Protected Florida Students From Invalid FSA Tests

During yesterday’s Senate Appropriations Committee hearing, and quick little sidebar away from the microphones occurred between four senators. The sponsor of the senate version (SB 616) of high-stakes testing reform, Senator John Legg was huddled with Senator’s David Simmons, Bill … Continue reading

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Pam Stewart, FLDOE Are Keeping the Truth From Floridians on FSA Collapse

From an anonymous Florida teacher: Today I got to see the frustration and anger on a kids face. She had finished her essay and was ready to submit, but there wasn’t a submit button. The test was saved and then … 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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The Florida Department of Education and AIR Shouldn’t Be Allowed to Investigate Themselves

Jeffrey Solochek with Kathleen McGrory asked some experts to comment on Florida’s current chaotic start-up of its new FSA tests which have been administered by the American Institutes of Research (AIR). In the Tampa Bay Times: Last year, Kansas leaders … Continue reading

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Florida Republicans Are Frightened by the Opt-Out Movement

In a remarkable letter to Florida Education Commissioner Pam Stewart, the influential big three of the Florida Senate asked for clarity regarding parents’ desire to opt their children out of mandatory state testing. In a letter dated January 13, 2015,  … Continue reading

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Revisiting Rick Scott’s Charter School Crony Capitalism

Imagine Charter Schools boss Dennis Bakke was one of three charter school executives named to Rick Scott’s education transition team in 2010. The make-up of Scott’s team signaled that Scott was going nuclear on public schools. Only one representative of public … Continue reading

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Outgoing Florida District Administrator Rips Test-Dominated Accountability System as “Reckless” and “Not Good For Children”

From Jeffrey Solochek in the Tampa Bay Times: In resigning from Pasco County schools, outgoing assistant superintendent Amelia Larson submitted a three-page letter to the superintendent and School Board chairwoman detailing her passion for education and her strong concerns about … Continue reading

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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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Florida Parents: “You’ll Soon Be Told Your Schools Stink”

Writes columnist Scott Maxwell in the Orlando Sentinel: Get ready, parents. There’s a good chance you will soon be told your schools stink.. Almost all of them. Even the best ones. We’re talking rampant F- and D-rated schools throughout the … Continue reading

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