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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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Flagler Charter School Closes – Lets Parents Know the Afternoon Before

From Orlando Sentinel reporter Dave Weber: Happy New Year! And, by the way, your school is closed for good! That’s the word that students attending Global Outreach Academy, a Flagler County charter school, got Tuesday. Parents got phone calls from … 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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Jeb Bush Facing the Reality of Opposition Within His Own Party

Bush has apparently noticed that having surrogates write op-eds on his behalf isn’t working and has finally taken up the pen himself. Writing predictably with cherry-picked data to justify his choice/accountability mantras, Bush targets and dismisses those who have been dealing with the disasters … Continue reading

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Bill Gates: “Don’t Rush Teacher Evaluations. Do It Right.”

The Atlanta Journal Constitution’s excellent education reporter, Maureen Downey, posts Bill Gates’ speech to the Education Commission of the States conference in her GetSchooled blog. Gates’ foundation is funding a teacher evaluation pilot program in Hillsborough county. Many will find his comments to … Continue reading

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Wise, Thrasher Endorse Duval School Board Candidate

From Kristopher Brooks in the Florida Times-Union: State Senator John Thrasher announced today that he endorses Duval County School Board candidate Jason Fischer in the District 7 race. The senator said he thinks Thrasher is perfect for the school board, … Continue reading

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Florida Charter School’s Aren’t Being Held Accountable

A memorable exchange took place in February 2011 between two powerful Florida senators during a committee debate on Senate Bill 736, which ushered in Florida’s new teacher-evaluation system. Nan Rich, a Sunrise Democrat, suggested it might be more prudent to … Continue reading

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Steve Wise Sought to Suppress Test Data for a Campaign Contributor

From Leslie Postal in the Orlando Sentinel: Sen. Steve Wise, R-Jacksonville, is convinced. Since watching some of Lockavitch’s 30-minute demonstrations , Wise, a veteran legislator and chairman of the Senate’s education committee, has used his influence to insert millions of … Continue reading

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Charter Schools USA Rejected in Georgia, Enraged Lawmakers Target School Board

Dick Yarborough reporting last week included this tidbit about Charter USA’s attempt to open a school in Cherokee County, Georgia: In Miami-Dade and Broward counties, the (Miami) Herald reported, almost two-thirds of charter schools are run by management companies, which charge fees … Continue reading

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Tampa Bay Times: Charter School Dangers on Display in Scientology Case

The editors of the Tampa Bay Times  have weighed in one week after Drew Harwell’s  investigative piece appeared on its pages last Sunday. They focus their ire on the shady dealings of Life Force Arts and Technology Academy director Hanan Islam while … Continue reading

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