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Galvano’s Back Channel Amendment Allows Florida Voucher Schools to Dodge Accountability

The only thing that’s missing from Florida’s voucher mouthpieces and the politicians doing their bidding is a Russian accent voiceover: “Our bouchers kidz take deeffarent tests. Tests just azz good. Same ding.” And they may just get away with it, … Continue reading

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Epic Pearson Failure in Florida During State-Wide Testing, Blames Someone Else

From the Associated Press: TALLAHASSEE, Florida — Testing was suspended Tuesday in several districts across Florida after students were unable to take the state’s standardized assessment because of a computer glitch. In a letter to the testing contractor, Education Commissioner … Continue reading

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Meet the New FCAT, Same as the Old FCAT

Sunshine State News reporter Allison Nielson writes of FCATs last year with a paradox: “Parting is such sweet sorrow — sort of.” And also this: After a dramatic drop in FCAT writing scores in 2012, the State Board of Education … Continue reading

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United Front in Jacksonville Opposes Field Test Folly

From Denise Smith Amos in the Florida Times-Union: Decrying what they call an untested test, leaders in Duval schools and teachers union — and some parents — urged voters Wednesday to flood state legislators’ phones and emails this week, urging … Continue reading

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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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