Minda Corso

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We shouldn’t back down

In School Choice, Standards and Accountability on September 28, 2012 at 6:30 am

There is some question about whether Florida lawmakers will make another attempt to pass a parent trigger law next year. The measure narrowly failed in the last legislative session because of a tie vote in the Senate.

The Florida Education Association and its allies in the Florida PTA and Fund Education Now led the charge against parent trigger, calling it an assault on public education. Read the rest of this entry »

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Too Few Good Men

In College & Career Readiness on September 27, 2012 at 6:30 am

By: Mary Laura Bragg

In 1941, my grandfather was the State Civil Engineer for the north region of Mississippi. Tom was given a critical skill exemption from the draft but deeply felt the duty to serve his country. He chose to volunteer. He failed a medical exam because of partial hearing loss, but was so determined to serve his country that he tried an experimental treatment (shots, of all things) and was eventually given a commission in the Navy. My dad vividly remembers being six-years-old and sitting on his father, Tom’s, bed as he packed to go to Memphis. He charged my father: “You are the man of the house now. Your mother needs you,” and handed him his ties. Read the rest of this entry »

The FCAT

In Standards and Accountability on September 26, 2012 at 10:35 am

Oh how everybody hates it, particularly the Florida Education Association. President Andy Ford says the union lacks confidence in it. “We all want to know what students are learning and have trust that any assessment be an accurate representation of what students are learning,’’ he says.

Of course, Andy knows better. He fully understands the FCAT is a very good measure of what students are learning because it has been proven time and again.

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Chicago Public Schools: The look, the plunge, and the tiny poof

In Standards and Accountability on September 21, 2012 at 11:29 am

By: Mike Thomas

Remember the Road Runner cartoon.

Wile E. Coyote runs off the cliff edge.

His legs churn furiously to gain traction in midair.

Then comes the look of realization, followed by the downward plunge and tiny poof.

Chicago Public Schools has run off the fiscal cliff.

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An Introduction

In EdReform on September 20, 2012 at 6:30 am

By Mike Thomas

Welcome to the EdFly Blog.

My presence here is the result of a mental journey that began more than 10 years ago.  At the time I was a newspaper columnist and skeptical of most everything linked to Republicans, including then Gov. Jeb Bush and his overhaul of public education. Read the rest of this entry »

Schools need help with reading law

In K3 Reading on September 18, 2012 at 2:54 pm

By: Neil Ruddock

Golfing legend and Buckeye alumnus Jack Nicklaus once said that concentration is a fine antidote to anxiety. As with any new legislation, Ohio’s requirement that students be able to read by the end of third grade is causing anxiety for some school administrators, parents and teachers. Having helped Florida and other states implement similar policies, the Foundation for Excellence in Education encourages Ohioans to stay the course and concentrate.

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