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Florida Charter Schools “being approved at a pace that outruns accountability”

So believes former charter school principal and current Palm Beach School Board Chairman Chuck Shaw. From yesterday’s column  by the Palm Beach Post’s Jac Versteeg Parents and students might be more willing to make (the) switch because of the charter school … Continue reading

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Prickly Bush Foundation CEO Responds to Mississippi Parent Advocate

Nancy Loome, the executive director of The Parents’ Campaign, sure got underneath Patricia Levesque’s skin. The CEO of Bush’s foundation wrote this in response to Loome’s December 31 editorial in the Jackson Clarion-Ledger: As executive director of The Parents’ Campaign, … Continue reading

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Violence, Abuse Documented at Florida, Pennsylvania For-Profit Schools

The school privatization juggernaut – cloaked under a shroud of false benevolence (It’s about students first) – received some indefensible bad press this weekend in two state’s key to their movement. First from Florida in an Alexandra Zayas story in … Continue reading

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Florida School Superintendent: SB 736 Teacher Evaluations “Inconsistent, Unfair, Unscientific”

Just 8 months ago, two retiring Florida superintendents of schools warned that the of SB 736 are “unworkable and may be the tipping point” in Florida’s education accountability system. Bill Vogel (Seminole) and Ron Blocker (Orange) spoke with Orlando Sentinel reporter … Continue reading

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Even Sen. John Thrasher Questions Academica Charter Schools’ St. Johns County Bid

Well, it’s because they like to cherry-pick students, Senator. And they think they can do so because they dropped $100,000 into choice-privatization zealot, John Kirtley’s PAC before the primary earlier this month. . But John Thrasher’s  puzzlement is still a bit of a … Continue reading

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Indiana Charter Schools USA Asks Students to Spell Out Curse Words in Lesson

Perhaps this is what they mean by innovation. From CTVNews: In a case of the devil you know, an Indiana high school is trying to teach students what not to say by having them write it down. In a lesson on cursing, … Continue reading

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Jeb Bush Covers ZZ Top on His US Ed Reform Rock Tour Show in Mississippi

ZZ Top’s tribute to Mississippi blues icon Howlin’ Wolf, My Heads in Mississippi opens thus: I’m shufflin’ thru the Texas sand, But my head’s in Mississippi. I’m shufflin’ thru the Texas sand, But my head’s in Mississippi. The blues has got … Continue reading

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Florida’s School Grading System is the Emperor With No Clothes

My Facebook friend and teaching colleague Catherine Martinez tactfully helps me out with editing my blog on occasion. She’s taken up her own pen this morning in a letter to the editor of the Palm Beach Post: Let me get … Continue reading

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Lake, Lee County School Boards Support Resolutions On High-Stakes Testing

On Lake County from the Orlando Sentinel’s Erica Rodriguez: Lake County School Board members said Monday they want to support a resolution aimed at getting Florida to examine and revise its accountability system. The resolution, supported by the Florida School … Continue reading

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