Patricia Levesque of @AFloridaPromise - foundation started by @JebBush - puts out statement on DeSantis plan to end FSA. Says they can support moving away from standardized testing now in place....but... (1/2)
Raises questions on how the new progress monitoring will work and whether using it to measure schools will actually result in less time spent on classroom work...
It's important to note that former Gov. Bush and his supporters have had ongoing influence on education policy for two decades now even though 2 governors now - Scott & DeSantis - have stripped parts of the policy away
also left unanswered - @richardcorcoran contended that everything in place now for school grading & accountability will remain intact (although they are proposing a hiatus for a year...hmm) But the FSA was used to help calculate those how will that work?
Ok, so an apparent point of clarification... while @AFloridaPromise praised parts of DeSantis proposal - they apparently DO NOT agree with getting rid of the current assessment (the FSA). Release wasn't exactly clear - but there you go - Bush v. DeSantis coming to FL Leg

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13 Sep
Here's @AshleyMoodyFL amicus brief that argues why SB 2006 blocks local governments from requiring employees to get vaccines.…
Here's what the law says - "A governmental entity as defined in s. 768.38 may not require persons to provide any documentation certifying COVID-19 vaccination or post-infection recovery to gain access to, entry upon, or service from the governmental entity’s operations."
This section is included in the same part of bill that bars businesses from requiring so-called "vaccine passports." The section is below the part that says businesses cannot require vaccine documentation of customers
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10 Aug
Ok, one thing to point out - regardless of where you stand on mask mandates - school district budgets are a combination of federal, state and local tax dollars. School district budgets are not appropriated by the Florida Legislature
The way it works is this way: The Florida Legislature set asides money for school districts in several distinct categories. The biggest category is the FEFP & it is technically a matching program - In other words, districts must abide by certain requirements to draw down the $
A school district could theoretically tell the state - we don't want the state money from FEFP. Not saying it would happen, but some districts have contemplated it because they weren't allowed to use enough of their own local property tax money.
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6 Aug
Psaki: DeSantis ‘fundraising off’ anti-mask mandate… via @politico
@politico And to follow that up. ... During a p.m. press conferencce @GovRonDeSantis has a scripted response to @POTUS "Governor who" quip.
"Well, I guess I’m not surprised that Biden doesn’t remember me. I guess the question is, is what else has he forgotten? Biden’s forgotten about the crisis at our Southern border, I can tell you that....."
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6 Aug
Spent 2 plus hours watching a court hearing over Norwegian' Cruise Line's lawsuit seeking to strike down Florida's vaccine passport ban.

and well it was something....
Derek Shaffer, the lawyer representing Norwegian, framed Florida's new vaccine passport ban law this way... It basically protects liars who don't want to show documentation of their status. Bc nothing in law says a cruise line can't ask.....they can't ask for proof
Shaffer also said that Fla. legislators did not offer any evidence as to why law was needed. Showed to judge an exchange btw @DannyBurgessFL & @TinaPolsky where she asked why schools need proof of other vaccines but not this one. Burgess doesn't really answer the question
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19 Jan
Florida auditors found a handful of instances where it appeared dead people - and convicted felons - were able to cast ballots…
The audit - which looked at how the state Division of Elections reviewed voter files from 2017 to 2019 - found one instance where someone who was listed as dead voted 219 days later.
Auditors, however, said they did not find any "widespread irregularities" or "pervasive errors." Important to note - audit mostly covered period before passage of Amendment 4
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10 Sep 20
Attorneys for @GovRonDeSantis late last night filed - like at 11:57 p.m. - responded to SCOFLA on Francis appointment battle. At 12:22 a.m. lawyers for governor asked for oral argument in the case
The governor's legal team is asserting that Rep. Thompson erred by asking him to choose someone else on finalist list other than Francis. Says governor should still have a chance to appoint Francis (even though the court already said she was ineligible.)
Then the legal team for the governor has an entire section on whether the governor made an appointment or merely announced an appointment
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