Florida Governor Vetoes School Reform Bill



By 04/12/2010

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Education Next’s Paul Peterson and Chester E. Finn, Jr. talk this week (April 15) about why Florida governor Charlie Crist vetoed a bill passed by the legislature that said that teachers should be paid based on performance and districts should be able to dismiss ineffective teachers more easily.

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Peterson and Finn’s previous podcasts:

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Studies Find No Effects
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Focus of School Reform Shifting to Teachers
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(12/4/09)
Saving Jobs or Stimulating Reform?
(11/24/09)
Election Postmortem
(11/19/09)
Will Congress Reroute the Preschool Juggernaut?
(11/4/09)
Voters Choose Neighborhood Schools over Socioeconomic Diversity
(10/29/09)
The Nobel Committee Isn’t the Only One Giving Speculative Prizes
(10/22/09)
Will Michelle Rhee Triumph?
(10/14/09)
Will the Federal Role in Education Double?
(10/8/09)
Charter Schools Narrow Achievement Gaps in New York City (10/1/09)
What Congress Is Not Working On
(9/24/09)
Charter Schools, Unions, and Linking Teachers with Student Achievement Data
(9/17/09)




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  • Mike Hoffman says:

    The magificent gains that you boast of in Florida come mostly from a manipulatin in the FCAT cut scores, and not from any tremendous gains in achievement. About the only real gains Florida can boast of is in primary reading achievement K-3. That mostly came out of Reading First — a reform, granted, but not with punitive measures of school closures and teacher firings.

  • The gains are on the NAEP, which is not subject to manipulation. Gains on the NAEP are as large as those on the FCAT, when measured in standard deviations.
    They are not limited to 4th grade reading.
    Your statement is wrong from beginning to end.

  • Mike Mathes says:

    How are the 3rd grade scores. Seems they may not be very good if all these kids held back are in the third grade. And how do those kids retained do two and three years later?

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