Monthly Archives: December 2013

73,000 Floridians Lose Unemployment Benefits - How Will This Affect The Rest Of Us?

73,000 Floridians Lose Unemployment Benefits – How Will This Affect The Rest Of Us?

December 31, 2013 By: Robert Asencio – Florida Public Employees Alex Leary, Washington Burreau of the Tampa Bay Times, reports: “About 73,000 Florida residents lost unemployment benefits on Saturday as the safety net program expired due as Congress left for the holidays. In addition, 3,665 …






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Florida’s School Grade Chaos: “Raising the Bar” Became “Moving the Bar After Everyone Jumped”

Florida’s School Grade Chaos: “Raising the Bar” Became “Moving the Bar After Everyone Jumped”

Florida Public Employees December 29, 2013 By Bob Sikes  – Scathing Purple Musings Is anyone really surprised to see the Miami Herald has another story about Florida’s school grades with ”confused parents” and the “credibility gap facing Florida education leaders?” No? The Florida Department of Education unfairly has to hold …






Michelle Rhee, Parent Revolution Blink on Accountability

Michelle Rhee, Parent Revolution Blink on Accountability

Florida Public Employees Published: December 25, 2013 Republish: December 29, 2013 By: Bob Sikes – Scathing Purple Musings From Education Week reporter Alyson Klein: So remember how California is planning to suspend most of its accountability testing for a year in order to help the state’s schools …






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Follow-Up: Miami-Dade Takes From Workers; Gives Millions In ‘Incentives’

Follow-Up: Miami-Dade Takes From Workers; Gives Millions In ‘Incentives’

Florida Public Employees December 29, 2013 By: Elaine De Valle – “Ladra” – Political Cortadito American Airlines is one of dozens of airlines that got a total of $4 million, combined, in “incentives” since 2006. Norweigan Cruise Line is not the only private company to …






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Aramark: Custodial Contractor Responds To Cuts, Leaving Volusia Schools Unclean

Aramark: Custodial Contractor Responds To Cuts, Leaving Volusia Schools Unclean

Florida Public Employees Republish: December 29, 2013 By: Scott Cleary Letter to the Editor, featured in The Daytona News Journal December 27, 2013. Outsourcing public services to for-profit companies leads to cuts in services, positions, unclean and unhealthy schools.  So, who is looking out for …






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Common Core’s “Dishonest Debate” and Its “Convoluted and Frustrating Curricula”

Common Core’s “Dishonest Debate” and Its “Convoluted and Frustrating Curricula”

Florida Public Employees Originally published  December 26, 2013 Republish: December 29, 2013 By: Bob Sikes – Scathing Purple Musings The efforts of republican governors and state policymakers to advance and implement Common Core is becoming more arduous by the day. Especially when they are receiving fire from their …






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Jeb Bush’s Chiefs for Change and the Election of Florida’s Next Governor

Jeb Bush’s Chiefs for Change and the Election of Florida’s Next Governor

Florida Public Employees Originally published December 24, 2013 December 28, 2013 By Bob Sikes – Scathing Purple Musings From Andrew Ujifusa in Education Week: Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna has joined Chiefs for Change, the second state K-12 chief to do so this month, the group announced …






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Imagine Charter School Belonging to Rick Scott Crony Sued for Ignoring Abuse

Imagine Charter School Belonging to Rick Scott Crony Sued for Ignoring Abuse

Florida Public Employees Originally published: December 23, 2013by  Republish: December 28, 2013 By: Bob Sikes – scathing Purple Musings Imagine Charter Schools CEO Dennis Bakke was on Rick Scott’s education transition team. Trouble within Bakke’s empire are well documented in Scathing Purple Musings. But revelations that an official at …






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How Jeff Clemens Bill Forces Florida Charter Schools Into a Debate They Don’t Want to Have

How Jeff Clemens Bill Forces Florida Charter Schools Into a Debate They Don’t Want to Have

Florida Public Employees December 22, 2013 By Bob Sikes – Scathing Purple Musings Let’s get this out-of-the-way now. Jeff Clemens bill has zero chance of getting a hearing. But it sure makes the for-profit charter school bristle. The Florida Current’s James Call has the story: A Palm Beach County …






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