Monthly Archives: December 2012

Please Help: Time is Running Out For Little Michael Gonzalez

Please Help: Time is Running Out For Little Michael Gonzalez

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Jennifer Gonzalez            Tel: 239-357-9039                E-mail: Savelittlemichael@centurylink.net THREE-YEAR-OLD BOY WHO CAN ONLY EAT ONE FOOD Time is running out for little Michael who suffers from an extreme food allergy. VIEW MICHAEL’S …






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John Legg's Arm Chair Flippancy On High School Curriculum

John Legg’s Arm Chair Flippancy On High School Curriculum

December 29, 2012 By: Bob Sikes – Scathing Purple Musings Although his degree is in Social Work, Sen. John Legg (R-Port Richey) fancies himself to be an educator by virtue, I assume, for owning a charter school. Feeling frisky from his  recent appointment as chairman of …






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Parent Revolution’s California Parent Trigger Efforts Proved “Bitter, Divisive and Protracted.”

Parent Revolution’s California Parent Trigger Efforts Proved “Bitter, Divisive and Protracted.”

December 27, 2012 By: Bob Sikes – Scathing Purple Musings Education Week reporter Katie Ash highlights a just released report on Parent Trigger Laws by the Annenberg Institute which concludes “that policymakers can address the shortcomings of academically low-performing schools in more productive ways.” Writes Ash: …






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Dr. James Bush III Accepts Nomination To Become UTD President

Dr. James Bush III Accepts Nomination To Become UTD President

DR. JAMES BUSH III Candidate United Teachers of Dade President December 22, 2012 Hello UTD Members, Stewards, Family and Friends: It is with humility I accept the nomination as a candidate for the Presidency of the United Teacher of Dade. While it may be a …






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Will a Florida Superintendent of Schools Stand Up Against Testing?

Will a Florida Superintendent of Schools Stand Up Against Testing?

December 26, 2012 Originally published: December 21, 2012 By: Bob Sikes – Scathing Purple Musings Ann Doss Helms reports in the Charlotte Observer: The barrage of new state tests being rolled out this year is “an egregious waste of taxpayer dollars” that won’t help kids, Charlotte-Mecklenburg …






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Utilization of Educational Funds: Letter To Gov. Rick Scott & Florida Commissioner of Education Tony Bennett

Utilization of Educational Funds: Letter To Gov. Rick Scott & Florida Commissioner of Education Tony Bennett

December 21, 2012 Honorable Governor Rick Scott, and Dr. Tony Bennett, Commissioner, Florida Department of Education: The undersigned are spokespersons of civil rights and non-profit organizations, school and pubic employee associations, and education stakeholders who advocate for high educational achievement for all students in our …






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Infamous for Hosting Adult Parties After Hours – Miami Charter School Foreclosed

Infamous for Hosting Adult Parties After Hours – Miami Charter School Foreclosed

Update: A ruling for the bank went against the  owners of the “non-profit” school and a  management company at the same address who secured a second mortgage. December 23, 2012 By: Bob Sikes – Scathing Purple Musings Reports South Florida Business Journal reporter Brian Bandel: The former home of a …






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Charter Schools USA Got $6 Million More Than They Should Have During Tony Bennett's Indiana Tour

Charter Schools USA Got $6 Million More Than They Should Have During Tony Bennett’s Indiana Tour

December 22, 2012 By: Bob Sikes – Scathing Purple Musings From reporter Dan Goldblatt of Indiana Public News: A Marion County judge has decided that the Indiana State Board of Education misappropriated several million dollars of funding to charter schools. The money was being withheld from …






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Bush Foundation Wants Another Bill To Fix SB 736....Seriously

Bush Foundation Wants Another Bill To Fix SB 736….Seriously

December 22, 2012 Originally published: December 20, 2012 By: Bob Sikes – Scathing Purple Musings I’ve always wondered how many of Florida’s 67 district school superintendents roll their eyes when getting an email from non-educator, Patricia Levesque,  who is Jeb Bush’s top policy wonk. Well …






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