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With veto of ‘leadership funds’ bill — and a veto of SB 6 — a path emerges for Charlie Crist’s independent bid

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Charlie Crist can not win the Republican Primary, that much is now clear.  The right wing of Florida’s GOP absolutely despises Charlie Crist. But Charlie Crist is a loyal Republican.  Forget about him having been a Republican his entire life.  Forget about his mentor being Republican Connie Mack.  Forget all of the “less taxes, more freedom” slogans.  The bottom line is Charlie Crist’s parents are stalwart Republicans.  Mrs. Crist is the embodiement of the classic Republican woman…a modern day Pat Nixon. …

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Jeb Bush’s foundation lauches TV ads in support of SB 6

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The Foundation for Florida’s Future today unveiled a television commercial to emphasize the benefits of Senate Bill 6 and House Bill 7189 for students who are facing tremendous obstacles. The television commercial begins airing in Tallahassee tomorrow. “Florida needs to make sure every student is learning,” said Patricia Levesque, Executive Director of the Foundation for Florida’s Future. “This bill rewards teachers who have the toughest teaching jobs and make great progress with their students.” The bill requires higher salaries for…

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Jeb Bush’s foundation launches TV ads in support of SB 6

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The Foundation for Florida’s Future today unveiled a television commercial to emphasize the benefits of Senate Bill 6 and House Bill 7189 for students who are facing tremendous obstacles. The television commercial begins airing in Tallahassee tomorrow. “Florida needs to make sure every student is learning,” said Patricia Levesque, Executive Director of the Foundation for Florida’s Future. “This bill rewards teachers who have the toughest teaching jobs and make great progress with their students.” The bill requires higher salaries for…

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Video from House committee’s discussion of SB 6

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Video from Palm Beach Post, story from Sunshine News: Hundreds of teachers turned out Monday afternoon to testify against Senate Bill 6. Among the throng was Florida Association of School Boards director Wayne Blanton. Before the doors opened to Webster Hall in the Capitol’s Knott building, amid a crush of prospective protesters, Blanton was getting warmed up. “I’m not sure you can implement (the bill). You can’t even fix it, it’s so bad,” he told Sunshine State News. SB6, sponsored…

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Video from House committee’s discussion of SB 6

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Video from Palm Beach Post, story from Sunshine News: Hundreds of teachers turned out Monday afternoon to testify against Senate Bill 6. Among the throng was Florida Association of School Boards director Wayne Blanton. Before the doors opened to Webster Hall in the Capitol’s Knott building, amid a crush of prospective protesters, Blanton was getting warmed up. “I’m not sure you can implement (the bill). You can’t even fix it, it’s so bad,” he told Sunshine State News. SB6, sponsored…

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Florida Teachers agree: ‘No’ is answer

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From Mark Woods: This bill is about having “the best and brightest teachers” in our classrooms. That’s what Sen. John Thrasher, R-St. Augustine, keeps saying about the sweeping education reform which is scheduled for a floor vote Wednesday. Senate Bill 6 would tie half of a teacher’s pay to how his or her students perform on one end-of-year test. It would mean that during a five-year span, a teacher’s students would need to show gains on these yet-to-be-determined tests in…

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Florida Teachers agree: ‘No’ is answer

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From Mark Woods: This bill is about having “the best and brightest teachers” in our classrooms. That’s what Sen. John Thrasher, R-St. Augustine, keeps saying about the sweeping education reform which is scheduled for a floor vote Wednesday. Senate Bill 6 would tie half of a teacher’s pay to how his or her students perform on one end-of-year test. It would mean that during a five-year span, a teacher’s students would need to show gains on these yet-to-be-determined tests in…

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