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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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Michelle Rhee’s Florida Rep Says No Parent Trigger This Year

From Gradebook’s Jeff Solochek: A national advocacy group that in recent years has pressured Florida lawmakers to adopt the controversial “parent trigger” school takeover plan will not push that initiative again in 2014. Instead, StudentsFirst will spend its political capital … Continue reading

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Michelle Rhee, Parent Revolution Blink on Accountability

From Education Week reporter Alyson Klein: So remember how California is planning to suspend most of its accountability testing for a year in order to help the state’s schools get up to speed on new tests aligned with the Common … Continue reading

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Tony Bennett Received $65,452 From Michelle Rhee In Failed 2012 Indiana Reelection Bid

Add Michelle Rhee to the list of top players in Florida’s education hierarchy who gave money to Tony Bennett in his Indiana reelection campaign. One of the nation’s top education reporters, Alexander Russo was able to get a copy of … Continue reading

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Michelle Rhee’s Pattern of Deceptive Marketing

Just day’s after PBS reporter John Merrow blew the door off Michelle Rhee’s cover-up of widespread cheating that occurred on her DC watch, she looked for a like-minded crowd of education reform partisans for comfort and affirmation. What better place … Continue reading

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Rhee, Stargel Got Some ‘Splainin’ to do About Those Parent Trigger Petition Signatures

NEW Tuesday morning update here (600AM CDT) Monday morning update here. MIAMI HERALD: On Sunday, The Herald/Times sent an email to each person who had allegedly signed the online petition. Of the 241 who responded, 212 confirmed their signatures…….But 29 … Continue reading

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Rhee, Klein Now Giving Grades Out to States on Education Policy

CNN) – It’s hard to watch Robert Griffin III play football and not think about education policy. RG3, as fans call him, is a rookie who has been playing in the National Football League for all of 18 weeks, but … 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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The Nation’s Most Powerful Pro-Voucher, Pro-Charter School Group Applauds Tony Bennett’s Florida Appointment

From MELODIKA.net: The American Federation for Children—the nation’s voice for educational choice—today praised the appointment of outgoing Indiana state superintendent Tony Bennett as Florida’s next education commissioner. Bennett, who is serving in his last month as state superintendent of public … Continue reading

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Among Michelle Rhee’s Florida Endorsements – Democrat Representative Ron Saunders

Nestled among the predictable list of charter school friendly – or owners in three cases – is one democrat, Rep, Ron Saunders from Key West, who faces a tough primary Tuesday against Dwight Bullard. To privatization hacks like Rhee, Saunders … Continue reading

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