Tag Archives: Will Weatherford

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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Will Weatherford’s Massive Expansion of Vouchers Promises Cash Bonanza for Step Up for Students

That “massive expansion” of Florida’s voucher system Will Weatherford promised is here. From Flagler Live: Under the proposal (PCB FTSC 14-02), retailers could divert sales-tax payments to the system; middle-class families would qualify for partial scholarships; and each scholarship would … Continue reading

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The Creepy, Incestuous, Conflicts of Interests Involved in Florida’s School Grade System

The editors of the Lakeland Ledger have complete grasp of the timeline of events concerning Florida’s school grade system. They aren’t impressed: After all the changes made to Florida’s school grading system, it’s hard to have a good sense of … Continue reading

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There’s a Chance for Pausing Florida’s School Grades

Tampa Bay Times reporter Jeff Solochek sought out the leaders of Florida’s legislative bodies to gauge their positions on the state’s school grade system. While Senate President Don Gaetz remains firm and wants no pause, House Speaker Will Weatherford sees … Continue reading

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Will Weatherford Promises “Massive Expansion” of Florida Voucher Program

From Halifax Media Group reporter Zac Anderson in the Lakeland Ledger: (Rep. Will) Weatherford and (Don) Gaetz are continuing to push conservative-leaning education reforms, including more school vouchers and a greater focus on career and technical education that prepares students … 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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Bush, the Florida BOE, and Leadership Post-Bennett

Today’s Florida Board of Education emergency meeting was suitably somber. While voting unanimously to appoint Pam Stewart as the interim commissioner a solid decision – this takeaway stood out. Consider this from Kathleen McGrory’s post in the Buzz: During the conference call … Continue reading

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Reminding Floridians Why They Cannot Trust Will Weatherford on Education Policy

A clear disagreement exists about raising the pay of Florida teachers. Governor Rick Scott wants across the board raise in base pay. Legislative leaders Sen. Don Gaetz (R-Niceville) and Rep. Will Weatherford (R-Wesley Chapel) want the same funding to go … Continue reading

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The Bush Foundation’s “Air Cover” Hack and Flack

Reporters across the nation are sifting through the emails which In the Public Interest released two weeks ago. It’s that drip, drip, drip you hear. Now this Associated Press story about contacts Jeb Bush’s Foundation for Excellence in Education (FEE) … Continue reading

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Did Don Gaetz Get the OK From Jeb Bush to Slow Accountability Reforms?

So the most powerful lobbyist in Florida who strangely doesn’t have to register as one, made a trip to Tallahassee to talk education with legislators. This from Michael Van Stickler in the Miami Herald on Jeb Bush’s little visit: Bush hasn’t … Continue reading

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