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Education politics in Florida

A recent Tampa Bay Times1 wonderful story on the politics of education in Florida somehow squeezed into a few column inches the various topics required: legislative arrogance, regional parochialism, the public interest in higher education, the jobs connections of legislators in higher ed, and the occasional twinges of regret (such as House Speaker Dean Cannon’s statement at […]

The politics of jerry-built accountability systems

Late last month, Matthew DiCarlo pointed out several irrationalities in Florida’s accountability scheme for schools. In response, earlier this week Matthew Ladner argued that Florida’s system pushed schools to educate poor children much better. Ladner essentially presents a “proof of the pudding is in the tasting” argument. Just a few observations before the next college […]