Monthly Archives: January 2013

Bush Foundation Sought to Head Off Bad News on Florida’s Graduation Rates

Bush Foundation Sought to Head Off Bad News on Florida’s Graduation Rates

January 30, 2013 With a timeline and a reminder of their recent habit of cherry-picking data to keep the Florida model in the best light. By: Bob Sikes – Scathing Purple Musings A curious post was printed in Jeb Bush’s Foundation for Excellence in Education …






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NRA, Arms Control, And Police On Campus: Views From A School Resource Officer

NRA, Arms Control, And Police On Campus: Views From A School Resource Officer

January 30, 2013 By: Brian Levy – Miami-Dade Schools Police Department I will start by stating that I am not a member of the National Rifle Association (NRA). I do believe that the gun laws are too relaxed in The United States. Personally, I would like …






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How $1.9 Million From the Race to the Top Grant Was Used as a Propaganda Tool For the Florida Model

How $1.9 Million From the Race to the Top Grant Was Used as a Propaganda Tool For the Florida Model

January 29, 2013 By: Bob Sikes – Scathing Purple Musings Jeff Solochek of Gradebook calls attention to those reading scores everyone’s been bragging about for the last month. Florida’s fourth graders are the second-best readers in the world, Gov. Rick Scott claimed during a recent discussion with black …






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Tony Bennett and Most of State Board of Education “Share a Devotion to Bush”

Tony Bennett and Most of State Board of Education “Share a Devotion to Bush”

January 28, 2013 …and only the true believers have a seat at the table. By: Bob Sikes – Scathing Purple Musings When does this become creepy? From an AP story by Bill Kaczor: Tony Bennett’s style didn’t sit well with Indiana voters. In November, they voted …






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Dan Gelber: “Getting straight A’s for having lots of tests is not the same as getting A’s on the tests”

Dan Gelber: “Getting straight A’s for having lots of tests is not the same as getting A’s on the tests”

January 26, 2013 (Dan) Gelber has a wonderful overview of what Florida isn’t doing well. He’s realizing that “testing is not teaching” and suggesting that testing is not equaling achievement ‘s for Florida’s kids.   By: Bob Sikes – Scathing Purple Musings And emphasizing twice …






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Public Employees Sacrifice While Miami-Dade County Public Schools Builds Cash Reserves, At Their Expense

Public Employees Sacrifice While Miami-Dade County Public Schools Builds Cash Reserves, At Their Expense

January 26, 2013 The irony of this editorial statement is the fact it sums up the plight of many of Florida Public Employees – serving the public is becoming cost prohibitive for us. By: Brian, a dedicated police veteran and proud FOP, Lodge #133 member …






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Jeb Bush’s Foundation Wants Florida to Ignore Crony Capitalism on Charter Schools

Jeb Bush’s Foundation Wants Florida to Ignore Crony Capitalism on Charter Schools

January 25, 2013 The contradictions don’t end there. The Foundation for Excellence in Education has been advancing legislation which actually manipulates markets with legislation that gives unfair advantages to charter schools by circumventing local oversight and, yes, choice. In conservative circles this is referred to …






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Oklahoma Parents Don’t Like Jeb Bush’s Florida Model

Oklahoma Parents Don’t Like Jeb Bush’s Florida Model

January 24, 2013 By: Bob Sikes – Scathing Purple Musings From Tulsa World reporter Kim Archer: JENKS – Tulsa-area parents told legislators Friday that the state’s A to F grades for all Oklahoma schools should be retracted in light of a report slamming the validity of the …






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Florida Charter Schools “being approved at a pace that outruns accountability”

Florida Charter Schools “being approved at a pace that outruns accountability”

January 24, 2013 It still amazes me that an appointed state school board can overrule an elected local school board and force them to take on a contract they do not want. By: Bob Sikes – Scathing Purple Musings So believes former charter school principal and current Palm Beach …






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