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Inside the Politics of Florida’s Voucher War: Weatherford vs. Gaetz

The editors of the Tampa Bay Times conclude: The Senate wisely tabled its bill weeks ago, and noticeably missing from the House bill is the one thing Senate President Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, had suggested would be his priority: better assessment … Continue reading

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Rick Scott’s 2012 FCAT Rankings Show Poverty Matters

Ocala Star-Banner editor Brad Rogers remind his readers of Rick Scott’s ill-fated 2012 release of FCAT rankings by district, and he’s not attempted that stunt since. Scathing Purple Musings speculated that the decision was a strictly political one and a … Continue reading

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Gutting of Florida’s Bright Futures Hurts Minority Students; A Sop to Testing Industry

Fresh off the story that Florida will have to pay Utah $5.4 million for piloting the state’s new tests comes news that Florida’s tremendously successful Bright Futures scholarship program will be gutted $126 million by 2017. Scott Travis provides this … Continue reading

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About Those Numbers, Jeb

Jeb Bush’s new website is all over the place and telling anyone who will listen about Florida’s education miracle, the magnificence of Common Core and so on. Looks like the editors of the Tampa Bay Times aren’t having any of … Continue reading

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Gainesville Sun: Lawmakers Need to Be Honest About Voucher Program

From the editors of the Gainesville Sun: Lawmakers still haven’t addressed the fact that voucher recipients aren’t required to take the same standardized tests as public-school students. Private schools that receive vouchers are also exempt from state standards such as … Continue reading

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Erik Fresen’s Claim of a “Pent-Up Demand” for Florida Vouchers Cannot Be Verified

Step Up for Students, the organization which administrates Florida’s voucher program watched Friday’s hearing in the House Appropriations Education Subcommittee and realized that Democrats wanted numbers that Rep. Erik Freseen (R-Miami) couldn’t provide. They must have cringed when Fresen said that … Continue reading

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Janet Adkins’ False Testimony on Common Core and Raw Hypocricy on Accountability

Rep. Janet Adkins (R-Fernandina Beach) heard the applause from the gallery after a public school teacher’s testimony against Florida’s continued devotion to high-stakes tests. It was the only time anyone drew such a reaction during Monday’s House Education Appropriations hearing on … Continue reading

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AIR’s Connections to Florida’s “Miserable” VAM Scores

Lakeland Ledger columnist Glenn Marston dug deeper into Florida’s new testing contractor: More concerning about AIR’s Florida connections is the miserable teacher-grading program it created for the state, known as the value-added model. The inconclusive teacher evaluations are useless. The Tampa … Continue reading

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Pensacola News Journal: “Dysfunctional” VAM a “Farce”

From the editors of the Pensacola News Journal: Thanks to a legal challenge by the Florida Times-Union, Floridians now have yet another glimpse at just how dysfunctional and absurd school accountability standards are in this state. After battling the Jacksonville … Continue reading

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Voucher Expansion Dies in Florida Senate

Miami Herald reporter Kathleen McGrory reports: The Senate sponsor of the controversial school voucher bill withdrew his proposal Thursday, significantly weakening its chances of becoming law this year. Sen. Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, said he pulled the bill because there wasn’t … Continue reading

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