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Will Florida Become a Battleground For Pearson and AIR?

  Former Florida education commissioner Tony Bennett arrived with some carry-on baggage. While serving as Indiana’s top education boss, he served as the fiscal agent for the  multi-state consortia which would administer PARCC exams to several state’s students. When Bennett was … Continue reading

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Patricia Levesque’s Shameful Hypocrisy on School Grades

Perhaps the top policy wonk for Jeb Bush’s education foundations feels she can flex her muscles as her boss is raking in so much cash for a presidential run. Patricia Levesque is back and acting as if every policy must be run … Continue reading

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Jeb Bush’s Chiefs for Change Snag Lucrative Edu Corp Gigs as “Common Core Crony Capitalists”

From Alec MacGillis’ New Yorker piece: Meanwhile, several of the chiefs for change whom Bush was relying on to promote the standards were leaving office. Early last year, New Jersey’s Chris Cerf took an executive position at Amplify, which in … Continue reading

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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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The Thin Line Between Charter Schools USA and Florida Law

This week’s hilarious story that Charter Schools USA CEO Jonathan Hage owns a yacht called Fishin’ 4 Schools  overshadows what may be some major wrongdoing on the part of Hage. In a column that appeared in the Tampa Bay Times, Hillsborough … Continue reading

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Missouri to Use ACT Tests – Why Can’t Florida?

From AP reporter Heather Hollingsworth in the Springfield News-Ledger: KANSAS CITY — Missouri will begin picking up the tab for students to take the ACT college entrance exam and dramatically reduce the amount of time some elementary and middle school … Continue reading

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The New York Common Core Story That Frightens Florida GOP Lawmakers

It’s come to this in New York: To say John King Jr. is New York’s embattled education commissioner is an understatement. A statewide teachers’ union is making plans to take an unprecedented no-confidence vote against him. New York State United … Continue reading

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Rick Scott’s Common Core Political Problems

Education commissioner Pam Stewart has provided much-needed calm in Florida’s education universe. Rick Scott probably wishes he had her in place all along instead of ideologues Gerard Robinson and Tony Bennett. But Scott would probably admit that those were the … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Emails

Yesterday’s 107 minute news conference by New Jersey governor Chris Christie was taking place about the same time the story broke that disgraced education commissioner Tony Bennett had hired some top dollar lawyers to fight ethics charges revolving around his … Continue reading

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Jonathan Hage’s SchoolChoiceWish Void of Candor and Humility

The publishers of redefinED  gave Charter Schools USA CEO Jonathan Hage a forum to pump up the faithful in their #schoolchoiceWISH series. Hage didn’t disappoint, but provided nothing more than a pre-game speech. ……the ed reform movement grows, but only … Continue reading

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