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Rhee Group Backing Off Florida Advocacy Efforts

Former D.C. schools chancellor Michelle Rhee’s education advocacy group is scaling back its Florida efforts, Travis Pillow scoops for redefinED. StudentsFirst spokesman Lane Wright said Florida has already adopted many policies the group promotes, so they are focusing efforts elsewhere. That’s true. But, the group can’t exactly claim victory and walk off the field. StudentsFirst […]

StudentsFirst Florida Adds New Staff, Including Former Gov. Scott Spokesman

Lane Wright, a former spokesman for Gov. Rick Scott, is now working for the Florida arm of national education advocacy group StudentsFirst. Wright is one of a handful of personnel moves the group announced Wednesday, including hiring a state outreach director and field coordinators for Tampa and Orlando, and Miami. StudentsFirst was founded by former […]

Michelle Rhee Visits The Daily Show

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Get More: Daily Show Full Episodes,Political Humor & Satire Blog,The Daily Show on Facebook   Michelle Rhee, the education firebrand/lightning rod who is the former chancellor of Washington, D.C. public schools, sat down for an interview with Jon Stewart on The Daily Show last night. Rhee founded education advocacy […]

Our Twitter Education Forum Is Happening Now

Our Twitter education forum with NPR’s Tell Me More is going on now. Follow the conversation here. Tell us about your schools. What’s working? What doesn’t? What issues are on your mind? Join the conversation at #NPRedchat. Check local listings for when you can hear the Tell Me More broadcast, featuring U.S. Secretary of Education […]

Jeb Bush Will Attend RNC Screening Of Parent Trigger Movie

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush will attend a screening of a new movie dramatizing the national debate over so-called parent trigger legislation during the Republican National Convention. The screening of “Won’t Back Down” is sponsored by StudentsFirst, a national advocacy group which has pushed states — including Florida — to adopt parent trigger laws. The […]

Education Will Get Some Attention At The Republican National Convention

The 2012 presidential campaign has focused more on the economy, jobs and national debt than education. One reason is that President Barack Obama and presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney differ more on other issues than they do on education. And unlike in 2008, education advocates are not spending millions to promote the issue. But education […]

StudentsFirst Organizer Defends Giving Gift Cards To Online Commenters

Betrayed. That’s how regional StudentsFirst organizer Catherine Robinson felt when an email she sent to a small group of supporters wound up published on education blogs. The email announced a contest awarding gift cards for the best comments left on online education stories. (Two StateImpact Florida stories were among included links). Robinson says the $5 […]

Florida Senate To Decide Whether To Pull Parent Trigger

The parent trigger debate could reach its conclusion today, with the Senate scheduled to vote of the bill. The vote is expected to be very close, and supporters and opponents have stepped up their efforts this week. A StateImpact Florida reader says she got a phone call yesterday urging her to call Sen. Ronda Storms […]

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