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How the Koch Brothers and Charter Schools USA Filter Campaign Cash to Florida’s Republican Legislators

A remarkable story from Miami Herald reporter Mary Ellen Klas was published last night which traced the money trail that fuels the candidacies of state republican legislators. Legal under campaign financing laws, the Republican Party of Florida takes in donations and passes it on to … Continue reading

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How Deep is ALEC’s Reach into Driving Florida Legislation?

When Orlando Sentinel reporter Leslie Postal used a release from the Democrat Progressive Caucus to report that ALEC was sponsoring another education privatization indoctrination session for state legislators this weekend, a firestorm of coverage erupted. The Koch brothers-funded group doesn’t … Continue reading

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Michelle Rhee’s Cynical Support of Obama’s New Jobs Plan

In a bizarre press release, former DC chancellor and StudentsFirst founder Michelle Rhee endorsed President Obama’s new job’s bill today. In doing so she couldn’t help herself but take a cheap shot at the effective system which favors seniority when budget cuts are … Continue reading

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Democrats for Education Reform Back Out of Chicago Rally

UPDATE BELOW From Fred Klonsky’s blog: Funny story. A few years back, Joe Williams of Democrats for Education Reform (DFER), threatened to kick my brother’s ass. And mine too. DFER is a project of Whitney Tilson, the billionaire boys club … Continue reading

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Orlando Sentinel Calls for ALEC’s Florida’s Republican State Legislators to Come Out of the Closet

Conservative legislative planning non-profit, the  American Legislative Exchange Council or ALEC has operated under the radar for some time. Not any more. And no longer so in Florida. The Orlando Sentinel reported in July of the Koch brothers-funded group’s involvement … Continue reading

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You Really Can’t Follow Michelle Rhee’s Money But She Follows a Similar Path to Jonah Edelman

Professor Jeff Henig at Teacher’s College, Columbia University  wonders why you can’t always follow the money in today’s education reform advocacy industry. One problem in the world of education reform is that it seems to be harder and harder to follow … Continue reading

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US Chamber of Commece, Business Roundtable Join NEA and AFT as top NCLB Lobbyists

From OpenSecretsblog: During the first quarter of the year, 153 organizations lobbied on issues referencing NCLB or the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, research by the Center for Responsive Politics shows. Because lobbying reports do not require an itemized accounting … Continue reading

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FCAT, Teach for America, Spreadsheet Documentation and Cold, Hard Cash

In a letter to the editor of the Florida Times-Union, Wanda Hedrick,  Katrina Hall and Lunneta Williams – all of whom hold doctoral degrees in education – make the case that Florida’s students are tested too much. While assessment has … Continue reading

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The Eerily Similar Paths of Florida and Wisconsin to Education Reform

Quickly becoming one of the nation’s most important education reporters, Joy Resmovits writes this about the goings ons in Scott Walker’s Wisconsin: After slashing education funding and reducing teachers’ collective bargaining rights earlier this year, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) … Continue reading

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How Teachers Can Comunicate with Conservatives About the Atlanta Cheating Scandal

Teachers understand that the visceral reaction by far too many conservatives is to associate any education issue with union influence. They have a point, but one that only goes so far. The recent early endorsement of President Obama bewilders many … Continue reading

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