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New Common Core Talking Point: Obama Derangement Syndrome is Driving Conservative Opposition

Scathing Purple Musings was critical of Charlie Crist’s unwavering support for common core standards (CCSS). Part of Crist’s justification included this little jab at conservative opponents: Tea party and other outliers have called for a rejection of these standards because … Continue reading

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Florida’s School Grade Chaos: “Raising the Bar” Became “Moving the Bar After Everyone Jumped”

Is anyone really surprised to see the Miami Herald has another story about Florida’s school grades with “confused parents” and the “credibility gap facing Florida education leaders?” No? The Florida Department of Education unfairly has to hold the bag again – the school … Continue reading

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Jeb Bush’s Rhetoric Proves Hypocritical When His Allies Seek to Defend Florida Charter Schools

Writing in redifinED, Step Up for Student’s Patrick Gibbons took exception to the Palm Beach Post’s report that charter schools were to blame for  the county’ low graduation rates. Gibbon’s admitted it was because of poverty. He really did. As it … Continue reading

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Gaetz Says No to Scott’s Teacher Pay Raises

Not that anyone really felt that Scott’s political ploy had a chance, it was going to be interesting to see the end game of it’s dispatch. Senate president Don Gaetz took care of that yesterday. From the Orlando Sentinel: Senate President … Continue reading

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Jeb Bush Dodges Questions From Tampa Tribune Reporter in Story on His Foundation

Tampa Tribune reporter William March has this: TAMPA — Lobbyists are not allowed to finance perks like trips for state officials, but those at the Foundation for Excellence in Education get around that ban by being registered to another foundation … Continue reading

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Ignoring Moms in the Room, Bush Foundation Blames Unions for Watchdog Report

In response to last week’s release of In the Public Interests report based on emails obtained through an FOIA request, Jeb Bush’s Foundation for Excellence in Education didn’t shoot the messenger. They too aim at a union strawman who wasn’t there. … Continue reading

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Florida Chamber of Commerce Legislative Goals: Merit Pay, Union Busting and Protecting High-Stakes Testing

After cutting through lofty platitudes in their legislative agenda the FCOC include these talking points about education. First in their letter to “Letter to Florida Business Leaders” *Education reform is hurting because union leaders make it about the adults when it … Continue reading

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Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz: Tenure “An Immoral Concept”

From NWF Daily News reporter Tom McLaughlin on Matt Gaetz meting yesterday with the League of Women Voters of Okaloosa County: Gaetz, “an unapologetic supporter of FCAT,” debated school testing and teacher tenure with a couple of former educators in … Continue reading

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Suggestion to GOP: “It’s OK to Support Regular-Old Public Schools”

The winds of change for the republican party and it’s mouthpieces have taken them to areas they’d never considered prior to getting shellacked by an incumbent with a poor record on the economy and one who clearly stood in opposition … Continue reading

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Florida Media Finally Shines the Light on Voucher, Charter School and Online Education Money in Florida Politics

The narrative the Florida media is advancing on education policy has changed. And not in a way which is favorable for the state’s education power brokers. Jeff Solochek published a column in the Tampa Bay Times on the last day … Continue reading

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