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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Legislators, Comm. Stewart cry foul over their own “Schools of Choice” double standard

  Regarding the Class Size Amendment, Florida legislators have worked double-time to subvert the will of the people who voted twice for the initiative. They’ve written legislation to ease class size restrictions specifically for charter schools to allow school wide averages for calculations.  They’ve excluded elective courses from class size. The net result is two…

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Why Hedge Funds Love Charter Schools

by: Alan Singer|Huffington Post July 20, 2014 Obscure laws can have a very big impact on social policy, including obscure changes in the United States federal tax code. The 2001 Consolidated Appropriations Act, passed by Congress and signed into law by President Bill Clinton, included provisions from the Community Renewal Tax Relief Act of 2000.…

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Fair test scores for Florida students

Opinion|Miami Herald November 14, 2015 Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho is gearing up for the next round of a months-long battle with the state over flawed standardized student tests that will also determine school grades and measure teacher performance. The controversy centers on the state’s Department of Education’s plan to use scores from the new state…

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