FL Budget Agreement produces $200M charter cash & lots of questions

In a curious turn, Florida politicians announced late Tuesday that they had come to an agreement on budget issues for a tentative $83 billion dollars. Predictably, Speaker Corcoran’s controversial priority “Schools of Hope/High Impact Charters” will get $200 million to entice charter school operators in other states to compete with chronically failing schools, according to…

Get Schooled: No to ”Schools of Hope” Charter Turnaround Heist, Urge Senate to reject SB796, block inclusion in Budget & “Train Bill”

Status:  HB 5105 “Charter School Turnaround Heist/Schools of Hope” passed in the House along strict party lines. No companion in Senate except Sen. Bean’s SB796, which is scheduled to be heard for the first time in committee on Monday, 4/17/17. Please take the time to read and understand the dangerous lie behind HB 5105 and why…

HB 5105: Rep. Shevrin Jones to discuss flawed “schools of hope” at press conference

On Wednesday, April 12th, at 10:00am Representative Shevrin Jones and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum will hold a press conference to discuss HB 5105/Charter School Turnaround Heist, the flawed “Schools of Hope” Legislation and its detrimental effects on Florida’s public schools outside the House Chamber, 4th Floor Rotunda, The Capitol. Take action now! Tell the House…

Thank the Senate Ed Comm: SB 926 testing bill passes, Montford-inspired amendments intact!

Thank the Senate Education Committee now. They did a rare thing. Republicans and Democrats worked together and voted unanimously to pass the so-called “fewer, better tests,” SB 926, with the Montford-inspired amendments remarkably intact, transforming it into a bill that actually reduces testing. That’s a record turnaround. Just a few weeks ago Sen. Montford’s superior…