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The Lakeland Ledger: Halt Voucher Expansion Until Public Schools Are Adequately Funded

From the editors of the Lakeland Ledger: Now, House Speaker Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, is calling for sales tax revenue to also be diverted to pay for the program. In addition, he wants to expand the pool of eligible students … Continue reading

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Jeb Bush’s Foundation Wants Florida to Ignore Crony Capitalism on Charter Schools

Big charter school operators have been whispering about getting their own independent board to approve charter schools. This week, Jeb Bush’s Foundation for Excellence in Education editorialist Mike Thomas unsurprisingly made the case that it was time for Florida to … 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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Why Expanding Vouchers is an Unconscionable Act

Florida House speaker-in waiting told St. Petersburg Times education reporter, Jeffrey Solochek last week that he had plans to expand the corporate tax credit. Jacksonville parent Julie G. Delegal has been an obsever of the state’s reform efforts for some time. She … Continue reading

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A Ruling that Makes Charter Schools Accountable to Taxpayers

On the heals of Rick Scott’s ill-advised pep rally last week for 200o charter school educators, comes news that an Ohio court has ruled that the state’s charter schools must abide by state law and make public decisions they make with taxpayer money. From … Continue reading

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Florida Charter School’s Man at DOE Spins Their Poor Record

GRADEBOOK’s Jeffrey Solochek inteviewed Michael Kooi, the executive director of Florida’s Office of Independent Education and Parental Choice. Kooi played the interview close to the vest and effectively explained how the state’s new initiatives would work. The interview would have … Continue reading

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