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Today on Context Florida: Voucher plea, as seen by average Joes and SLAPPs

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Today on Context Florida: Former State Board of Education Chairman Gary Chartrand issued an impassioned plea on behalf of Florida’s 78,000 voucher students, writes Julie Delegal. Chartrand wants the plaintiffs, namely the Florida Education Association, which represents teachers, to drop its lawsuit opposing the diversion of tax dollars to the voucher program. The FEA lawsuit is now at the appeal stage. Chartrand’s article spurred some ideas as to how the voucher program might survive ongoing lawsuits. Marc Yacht says it would…

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Appeals Court dismisses Florida teachers evaluation law challenge, union frustrated

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Florida’s teachers union expressed frustration with another legal loss in the attempt to overturn a 2011 law setting guidelines for teacher evaluations. In a statement, Florida Education Association (FEA) President Andy Ford addressed Tuesday’s decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in Atlanta. The court upheld the dismissal of a challenge to Senate Bill 736, a 2011 law that based teacher evaluations on test scores of either students they don’t teach or subjects that they don’t…

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FEA president praises budget as ‘step forward’ for public schools, says further work needed

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Florida Education Association President Andy Ford hailed the newly passed $78.8 billion budget as a “step forward” in properly funding the state’s public education. But more work is needed, he cautioned. Florida lawmakers finished the overtime marathon session after 6 p.m. Friday after both chambers passed a budget that sat on lawmakers’ desks for 72 hours. The Senate passed the plan unanimously and the House by a 96-17 vote. The budget includes a $780 million increase for public schools. Ford, who…

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Email insights: When budget money flows again, FEA will be first in line

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When Florida’s legislative session began in March, there were high expectations, especially for education and healthcare. But by session’s end, that optimism was long gone, says Florida Education Association President Andy Ford. Now that budget talks are set to resume, and lawmakers prepare for a special session June 1, there is still one last chance for redemption. More spending for education is the obvious choice, at least in the eyes of the state’s largest teachers’ union. And when the money…

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Florida judge throws out lawsuit against voucher program

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Backers of Florida’s largest private-school voucher program scored a significant victory Monday in an increasingly bitter legal battle. Circuit Judge George Reynolds tossed out a lawsuit that contended that the program that serves nearly 70,000 students across the state by placing them in private and mostly religious schools is unconstitutional. Reynolds ruled that the groups filing the lawsuit did not have a legal right, or “standing,” to challenge the program. He also ruled that the groups, which included both the…

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Key plaintiff pulls out of voucher lawsuit

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The Florida Association of School Administrators — a major plaintiff and arguably the least overtly political — has pulled out of a lawsuit challenging the legality of Florida’s corporate tax credit scholarship program. “Following a full review of priorities, the Board made the decision to focus resources on FASA’s main objective -– to ensure that the quality of administrative leadership within our schools continues to make Florida’s graduates competitive worldwide,” said FASA executive director Juhan Mixon in a statement Friday. “Having made…

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House Education Committee talks school accountability reform

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The House Education Committee spent about an hour Monday discussing and approving an overhaul of Florida’s testing-focused school accountability program. The measure was approved on a unanimous vote. Read a staff analysis here. Chair Marlene O’Toole said last week she wanted to get the measure to the floor as quickly as possible and Monday committee members backed their chair and moved the proposal along. Representatives of the hospitality industry had couched their objections to a potentially earlier start date for…

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