Monthly Archives: February 2013

New FLDOE Test Scoring Calculations “Has Potential to Dismantle Public Education”

New FLDOE Test Scoring Calculations “Has Potential to Dismantle Public Education”

February 28, 2013 By: Bob Sikes – Scathing Purple Musings FLDOE researcher Kathy Hebda has testified before the Florida legislature and the state Board of Education that data that was acquired by the SB736  guidelines was valid and measured what was intended. Meanwhile,  Jeb Bush’s Foundation for Excellence …






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Did Don Gaetz Get the OK From Jeb Bush to Slow Accountability Reforms?

Did Don Gaetz Get the OK From Jeb Bush to Slow Accountability Reforms?

February 26, 2013 By: Bob Sikes – Scathing Purple Musings So the most powerful lobbyist in Florida who strangely doesn’t have to register as one, made a trip to Tallahassee to talk education with legislators. This from Michael Van Stickler in the Miami Herald on Jeb Bush’s …






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What Defined Contribution Plans Mean for State Employees, Retirees and Taxpayers

What Defined Contribution Plans Mean for State Employees, Retirees and Taxpayers

February 23, 2013 From the Desk of James Preston – Florida State Lodge FOP President What Defined Contribution Plans Mean for State Employees, Retirees and Taxpayers As lawmakers continue to push their “pension reform” in state capitols across the country, the public is learning that …






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It’s BaaaaAAAAACK! Contradictions, Clowns, Conflicts and All…Parent Trigger Returns

It’s BaaaaAAAAACK! Contradictions, Clowns, Conflicts and All…Parent Trigger Returns

February 22, 2013 By: Bob Sikes – Scathing Purple Musings I’ve been wondering when we’d see this Vaudeville act again and whether or not it was going to be about stroking Jeb Bush’s ego. (He vowed that it would be back after last year’s defeat in the …






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Marco Rubio’s Cynical Support for Federal School Vouchers

Marco Rubio’s Cynical Support for Federal School Vouchers

February 22, 2013 By: Bob Sikes – Scthing Purple Musings Marco Rubio’s role last night as deliverer of the message from what was once called the loyal opposition (Boy, does that seem outdated or what?) was  a thankless one. But in presidential politics, Rubio’s appearance could …






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Bush’s Florida Model: “claiming credit for what’s on the scoreboard after having changed the rules of the game”

Bush’s Florida Model: “claiming credit for what’s on the scoreboard after having changed the rules of the game”

February 22, 2013 By: Bob Sikes – Scathing Purple Musings The next round in the statistical war between Bush advisor Matt Ladner and Shanker Institute fellow Matt DiCarlo is here. DiCarlo’s last look at Florida’s numbers prompted Ladner find DiCarlo “Bounded in a Nutshell but Counts Himself a …






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Miami-Dade Schools Police Department Helping Parents With The Dreaded “Drug Talk”

Miami-Dade Schools Police Department Helping Parents With The Dreaded “Drug Talk”

February 22, 2013′ By: Elaine De Valle – www.FOP133.com Media Consultant   Helping Parents With The Dreaded “Drug Talk” There is no doubt about it: Talking to your kids about drugs is one of the best ways to keep them from abusing them. This is …






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Is a High-Stakes Testing Moratorium Possible in Florida?

Is a High-Stakes Testing Moratorium Possible in Florida?

February 22, 2013 By: Bob Sikes – Scathing Purple Musings For such an idea to be taken seriously, the voice had to belong to someone of significance. It does. Powerful Senate President Don Gaetz hasn’t been backing off his statement that there’s danger that Florida’s entire accountability …






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Bush’s Education Foundation Contacted Other States’ Employees to Influence Louisiana School Board Races

Bush’s Education Foundation Contacted Other States’ Employees to Influence Louisiana School Board Races

February 21, 2013 “Bush hasn’t hesitated to publicly support candidates who support his views, but is it proper for his corporate funded foundations to contact state employees to push political candidates? Can FEE be directly involved in political activities in this manner.  Why would Levesque …






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