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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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Selective Data and Outrage from the Bush Foundation Discredited By Those “Devious Plans to Undermine Class-Size Amendment”

Writing for Jeb Bush’s Foundation for Excellence in Education, Mike Thomas bemoans Florida’s class size amendment as a “$30 billion mistake.” What sounded good on a ballot turned chaotic when implemented to the letter of the law. We now have … 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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Inside Rick Scott’s Budget Proposals For Education

Writing for PolitiFact, the joint Miami Herald-Tampa Bay Times venture, Joshua Gillin and Amy Sherman have a useful overview of Florida Governor Rick Scott’s budgetary initiatives for education. There’s good and bad. Let’s take a look: (Scott) pledged to investigate every … Continue reading

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Florida TaxWatch’s Weak, Unsubstantiated Position on Florida Class Sizes

The editors of the Daytona Beach News Journal have  a fair and even-handed opinion piece on the class size amendment debate going on in the state legislature, but they get one critical fact wrong. And it is one which Floridians … Continue reading

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Jeb Bush’s Transparent Evolution on Testing and History of Contempt for Local School Boards

Education policy junkies know that when they hear the words of Patricia Levesque, she is talking for her boss, former Florida governor Jeb Bush. Levesque is Bush’ top policy advisor for his two interchangeable non-profits – Foundation for Florida’s Future … Continue reading

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Islamic School Rape Shows Florida Voucher System to Be Void of Accountability and Oversight

They knew and did nothing. If the assertions in the lawsuit filed by the families of the two young girls are true, the Florida Islamic School which participates in the taxpayer-funded McKay Scholarship program and the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship program … Continue reading

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Another Rick Scott Lie About Charlie Crist’s Education Record

After staging a hissy-fit about Charlie Crist’s fan before last night’s debate even began, Rick Scott made another false counter attack about Crist’s education record. From Lauren Caroll and Amy Sherman for PolitiFact: At an Oct. 15 debate between the candidates — … Continue reading

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