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Senate Surrenders to House, Passes Devastating Education Bill

Senate Surrenders to House, Passes Devastating Education Bill

Senators debated the sweeping conforming bill for three and a half hours Monday night. In the end, the vote split the Senate 20-18 with three Republicans crossing the aisle to vote with the Democrats. A tie vote would have killed the bill. Many spoke passionately about the break




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House and Senate leaders play politics using Florida’s children

House and Senate leaders play politics using Florida’s children

Late Friday, House Speaker Richard Corcoran and Senate President Negron held a meeting to reveal a plan they devised behind closed doors that effectively tied the testing and recess bill to a devastating budget. According to the Miami Herald: At the insistence of House Speaker Richard Corcoran, numerous




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House to decide fate of VAM, testing, and recess today

House to decide fate of VAM, testing, and recess today

This afternoon, the Florida House will determine the fate of the repeal of VAM (the mandatory, statewide use of test scores in teachers’ evaluations), a rollback of testing and mandatory recess. They convene at 1 p.m. for what should have been the last day of session. The Miami




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Florida politicians poised to funnel millions to unproven charters

Florida politicians poised to funnel millions to unproven charters

A bill being negotiated in backrooms of Tallahassee would send $200 million to charter schools to turnaround under-performing schools in primarily low income neighborhoods. The bill was once called “schools of success” but politicians changed it to “schools of hope.” As Duval Schools Superintendent Vitti wrote in




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DeVos Confirmed in Historic Tie Breaker

DeVos Confirmed in Historic Tie Breaker

Betsy DeVos was confirmed by the Senate as the Secretary of Education today. Advocacy forced the vote to a historic 50-50 tie. Students need your voices now more than ever. Sign up today to stay informed and be an education advocate: Read more about the vote from




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4 Reasons Betsy DeVos is Unqualified to be Secretary of Education

4 Reasons Betsy DeVos is Unqualified to be Secretary of Education

  Betsy DeVos is an extremely controversial pick for Secretary of Education. Her three hour confirmation hearing featured many uncomfortable exchanges and left many senators formally requesting an additional hearing which was denied. The vote to confirm or deny will be held on January 31st. Here is what




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Students use their power to raise grad rates

Students use their power to raise grad rates

Graduation rates rise; students make a difference We received an early present this year! Graduation rates are up again! We are thrilled to have partnered with Hillsborough County Public Schools to increase the number of students who are graduating. According to new information released from the Florida Department




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STEM Family Night provides hands on learning

STEM Family Night provides hands on learning

Last night, we hosted a STEM Family Night at Hillsborough Community College Brandon Campus with Florida Advanced Technological Education Center (FLATE) and Hillsborough County Public Schools. This invitation only event was sponsored by Moffitt Cancer Center and is a project of the Tampa Bay STEM Network of




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Want to raise graduation rates? Ask these kids

Want to raise graduation rates? Ask these kids

The Alliance firmly believes that students know the solutions to barriers that prevent them from graduating. However, they must have input with decision makers in order to affect change. The Alliance provides them leadership training and empowers their voice. In partnership with principals and districts, we provide the




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This is what 40,000 books for kids looks like!

This is what 40,000 books for kids looks like!

Partners come together for kids Last week we joined with other organizations to give away 40,000 FREE books to kids in the greater Tampa Bay area! Thanks to a sponsorship by Wipro and the American Federation of Teachers- area non-profits received a semi-tractor trailer full of children’s books




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