The charter war on school board authority

Something nasty is going on in the 2016 Florida Legislature.  “Reform” minded politicians; aided by wealthy charter lobbyists, the Koch Brothers, voucher proponents and Jeb’s Foundations have declared war on the constitutional authority of school Boards. Unable to stomach any opposing view, they’d rather write and pass legislation to rig the game than play within the parameters…

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SB 468: Coding is not a foreign language

Take action today!  Computer Coding is not a foreign language!  SB 468 by former Yahoo! executive, Senator Jeremy Ring makes computer coding equal to foreign language studies.   This bill  does one thing: it sets up a lucrative market for vendors eager to sell coding courses. Florida already allows computer science to count toward high school science…

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SB 468: Coding is not a foreign language

Take action today!  Computer Coding is not a foreign language!  SB 468 by former Yahoo! executive, Senator Jeremy Ring makes computer coding equal to foreign language studies.   This bill  does one thing: it sets up a lucrative market for vendors eager to sell coding courses. Florida already allows computer science to count toward high school science…

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Advocates “bugging” lawmakers about elected Comm. of Ed believe voters deserve a “choice”

Take action today! Demand that the Florida House and Senate pass HJR 767/SJR 942! Let’s have some “choice” in politics and let voters elect their own Commissioner of Education. Florida Politics recently reported that public education advocates are “bugging” lawmakers to return to an elected commissioner of education. Isn’t that our job? Here’s the story: A group…

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Dockery: Thanks to Florida’s teachers

by: Paula Dockery, Tampa Bay Times January 21, 2016 Here’s my message to Florida’s 180,000 public school teachers: Thank you. Thank you for your dedication. Thank you for your professionalism. Thank you for your long days of teaching and your long nights of grading papers and preparing for the next day’s lessons. We don’t appreciate…

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FL teachers have had enough – rally sends message to lawmakers

Two thousand teachers, led by the Florida Educators Association, rallied in Tallahassee  on Thursday to protest Florida’s test and punish A-F Accountability system. This is the latest expression of a growing public rejection of nearly two decades of politically motivated, profit-driven education “reform.” Under current laws, high-stakes testing dominates the Florida classroom. K-8 Curriculum has been…

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