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DEMOCRACY? Think About What Has Just Happened In Miami-Dade County

DEMOCRACY? Think About What Has Just Happened In Miami-Dade County

July 25, 2013 Florida Public Employees Message from our friends at the Kendall Federation of Homeowners Association To the 10,001 Miamians and Pets’ Trust Supporters: – The regularly scheduled July 30th meeting for the Board of County Commissioners has been canceled!  Mayor Gimenez sent out a memo seeking seven votes to cancel that meeting, which would have been the […]


Court Ruling Puts Part of Parent Trigger at Risk

March 16, 2013 Provided to Florida Public Employees By: Bob Sikes – Scathing Purple Musings Within current parent trigger legislation is a provision which requires parents be notified if their child’s teacher has been rated as “ineffective” for two straight years. But a Tallahassee circuit court judge’s ruling yesterday raised doubts about using the value-added […]


Will FL politicians invest in our kids?

February 18, 2013 Received via Florida Public Employees e-mail February 13, 2013 from Fund Education Now   Para Español oprima el “click” Governor Scott’s proposed budget signals his funding priorities to the Florida Legislature.  We are pleased that he included $1.2 billion for public education to begin restoring the nearly $5 billion that has been […]


Skepticism for SB736 in the Florida Senate

January 24, 2013 By: Bob Sikes – Scathing Purple Musings Rick Scott told FOX News host Neil Cavuto after SB736 was past, “It’s going to be great.” Not so much. Changes are already being considered. Bush Foundation CEO Patricia Levesque wants to add student surveys into the calculus and is floating the idea around. Senate Education chairman John Legg […]

Interim Ed Commish Brushes Aside Judge’s Invalidation of SB 736 Rules

Pam Stewart - FDOE Interm Comm.

August 26, 2012

By: Bob Sikes – Scathing Purple Musings

One had to assume that interim Florida education commissioner, Pam Stewart, had to pass a litmus test before getting the job. She had to be totally on board with the flawed Florida way that Rick Scott, Jeb Bush and republican legislators have been imposing. On Friday, Stewart earned her keep my poo-pooing an administrative judge’s smackdown of the manner the DOE and state board was implementing SB 736. From Gradebook’s Jeff Solochek:

The Florida Department of Education is downplaying an administrative law judge’s recent invalidation of the state’s rules on teacher evaluations, saying the decision spoke to form and not content.

Even so, incoming interim commissioner Pam Stewart acknowledged in a letter to superintendents that the ruling sets back the state’s effort, so that district’s approval of 2011-12 evaluations will carry forward into the current year. Long range, though, Stewart didn’t see any major changes to the state’s direction.

“This rule was being revised to reflect the review process you have already completed to demonstrate that you have met the requirements of the Student Success Act and, for the vast majority of you, Race to the Top. In addition, it addressed a new monitoring system required under the law that would not go into effect until future years,” she wrote. “Therefore, the ruling will not affect your continued implementation of your evaluation systems that you have worked so diligently and collaboratively to develop.”

Districts that want to make improvements to their evaluations still can do so, and get state review under existing rule.

“We will continue to work with you and with all of our Florida educators and education stakeholders to finalize this rule,” Stewart wrote.

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Irony In Parent Trigger’s California Ruling: A Disempowering of Parents

Parent Trigger In Florida

July 24, 2012

By: Bob Sikes – Scathing Purple Musings

Yesterday’s odd ruling by a California judge which paved the way for the nation’s first parent trigger to actually occur is based on one startling reality. Explains Parents Across America  (PAA) founder Caroline Grannan:

The parent trigger, an idea presented by the voices of corporate education “reform” as parent empowerment, won a round in court this week. Ironically, the court came down firmly in favor of disempowering parents, as the parent trigger’s sponsors had requested.

The ruling by a California Superior Court judge decreed that parents who have signed a parent trigger petition do not have the right to change their minds and may not rescind their signatures. The ruling cast the future of the targeted school, Desert Trails in Adelanto, in Southern California’s high desert, into confusion. Charter operators will now be invited to bid for the school, even though Desert Trails parents on both sides of the controversy say they don’t want the school to become a charter — disempowering them even further.

Parent Revolution – the corporate entity which Grannan inferences – pulled out all the stops in their second California effort. Their first Compton effort ended up in court, too. In Adelanto they rented a house a few yards from the school, bought shirts for parents, used divisive and inflammatory rhetorical tools and hoodwinked parents by having them sign two petitions – one for strict parent takeover, and one for a charter school conversion. And, oh yeah: constantly threatened any and all with lawsuits.

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