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Did Jeb Bush Recommend Betsy DeVos to Be Trump’s Secretary of Education?

On Sunday, Tampa Bay Times Washington Bureau Chief Alex Leary reported that former Florida governor Jeb Bush called to congratulate President-Elect Donald Trump: They had a very productive call and Gov. Bush was extremely gracious congratulating Mr. Trump on his … Continue reading

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Study: High Standardized Test Scores Don’t Translate to Better Cognition….Can’t Wait for those Bush Foundation Talking Points

From US News & World Report writer Allie Bidwell: Even when students improve their scores on standardized tests, they don’t always improve their cognitive abilities, such as memory, attention and speed, according to a new study released Thursday. Researchers at … Continue reading

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Seabring News Sun: “Somewhere along the way, standardized testing became downright irrational”

The editors of the News Sun blame Tallahassee: After improvement in 2012, this year’s school grades are a major disappointment. The entire state took a step back — 482 schools lost their “A” grades, and 67 more schools are considered … Continue reading

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Manatee Adopts High-Stakes Tests Resolution; Meanwhile Bushies Become the New Status Quoers

From Chritine Hawes in the Bradenton Herald: MANATEE — With an extra nod toward “accountability,” the Manatee County School Board Monday approved its own version of a resolution approved by 12 other Florida school boards that objects to the importance … Continue reading

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Why Rick Scott Can’t Heed the Gaineville Sun’s Call to Seek Plan B on Education

In the aftermath of the Alachua school board adopting a resolution against high-stakes tests, the editors of the Gainesville Sun say its time for Rick Scott to lead the state away from its current hyper testing mandates. What should be … Continue reading

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A National Resolution on High-Stakes Testing Hits the Ground; What Say You, Palm Beach School Board?

Valerie Strauss, one of the nation’s most influential education reporters, has this in The Answer Sheet: Anational resolution protesting high-stakes standardized testing was released Tuesday by a coalition of  national education, civil rights and parents groups, as well as educators … Continue reading

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Florida Can Look to Texas for Relief from Jeb Bush’s Testing Regime

Following the lead Texas Education Commissioner Robert Scott’s provided with his description of standardized testing as a “perversion of its original intent,” some North Texas superintendents joined in agreement. Writes Rodger Jones in the Dallas Morning News: Saying high-stakes standardized … Continue reading

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When Ed Reformers Want You to Ignore Test Scores

UPDATED In a well-written story about one Arizona school district’s commitment to classroom technology, New York Times reporter Matt Richtel reported that Kyrene School Districts test scores were stagnant. No problem says one US Department of Education official: Karen Cator, director … Continue reading

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Going Beyond the SOS March by Recognizing the Politics Involved in the Way Forward

A teaching colleague from Washington mentioned in one of the FB pages I help administrate – Save Our Schools Florida – that she admired the activity on our page. When she told us about what they were beginning to do … Continue reading

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Here We Go: Duncan Siezes Control of the Nation’s Schools With Decision to Overide NCLB

With Obama Secretary of Education Arne Duncan long on record of saying that NCLB was “a slow-motion train wreck,” he acted last night.  From the New York Times: …..He is waiving the law’s proficiency requirements for states that have adopted … Continue reading

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