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Florida’s Rules Don’t Protect Interests Of Students Or Taxpayers

Florida’s Rules Don’t Protect Interests Of Students Or Taxpayers

In February, Florida police officer Robert Ascencio, now president of the Florida Public Employees Partnership, penned a disturbing overview of investigations into Florida charter schools. The investigation Ascencio was part of found “owners of the management companies were either the same as the school founders or were directly connected to them.” And that “all of [these] revealed major conflicts of interests in most of the decisions made on the spending of tax dollars and education of students.”

Worst of all, his investigation found that the “majority of these schools were found to be ill-equipped with teaching materials that often were substandard to those in public schools.”

Florida’s lawmakers and policymakers excessively favor charter schools in a manner that does not rise to Wise’s irreparable-harm standard. While charter-school lobbyists bemoan the singling out of a few bad apples, it’s clear that the current measures aren’t protecting the interests of Florida’s children, families and taxpayers. For the state’s charter schools, accountability has been defined downward.

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Why Geno Perez Switched from The School Board Seat to State Rep Race?

Why Geno Perez Switched from The School Board Seat to State Rep Race?

When Eugenio “Geno” Perez decided to run for State Representative everyone asked, why? As a seven year veteran Miami-Dade County Public Schools teacher, former Bureau of Prisons Officer and Marine, “Geno” made an ideal candidate for School Board Member.

Now setting his sights on his candidacy for State Representative, Eye on Miami Blog asked the million dollar question:

From the Eye on Miami Blog: “I asked Geno (Eugenio) Perez why he make the switch from a school board race:

‘After careful consideration, I decided to pursue a run for State Representative District 115. As an educator, I cannot allow anti-public education laws to continue to be part of my opponent’s legislative agenda. I still consider the School Board as an important body that can initiate much needed change, however, educations biggest challenges are coming from Tallahassee.

For example, my opponent Mike Belica voted to increase the cost of College Tuition at FIU by 15%. He also voted to increase homeowners insurance, and sponsored the anti-public education ‘Parent Trigger Bill’. The sad thing is that he sits on the education committee. Therefore, based on the urgency to save education and revitalize the local economy, my colleagues, community leaders and friends have urged me to run for State Representative.”

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Campaña De Obama Va Por Sufragio Latino

Campaña De Obama Va Por Sufragio Latino

WASHINGTON.— En un intento por asegurar el voto latino y ahuyentar el ambiente de enojo y decepción que han dejado las redadas y deportaciones, la campaña del presidente Barack Obama ha optado por reforzar su estrategia publicitaria para evitar el voto útil de los hispanos a favor de Mitt Romney.

En una serie de mensajes que han comenzado a difundirse en estados clave para el voto latino como Florida, Nevada o Colorado la organización Priorities USA presenta a Romney como un millonario desconectado de la realidad y desdeñoso de las tribulaciones económicas de los latinos.

“Los pobres no son mi principal preocupación”, dice Romney en uno de los anuncios que recuerda el desliz del pasado mes de abril, mientras intentaba explicar que su principal objetivo es la clase media, pero no los más pobres y desfavorecidos porque “de ellos ya se encarga la red de protección social”.

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Wisconsin Scott Walker Victory – Unions Ponder What Went Wrong?

Wisconsin Scott Walker Victory – Unions Ponder What Went Wrong?

Labor unions may have suffered a bitter defeat in Tuesday’s historic and unsuccessful recall race in Wisconsin. But some are using it as a rallying cry for engagement in November’s general election. In what is viewed as a victory for Republicans, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker fended off attempts at recall and won the right to stay in office — a massive blow, in particular, to organized labor.

But, some labor leaders — who had campaigned against Walker’s agenda, which includes stripping public workers of their union rights — hope to turn that defeat into fuel that helps drive their agenda in November’s elections. “We will never be ready to give it up,” said Hector Sanchez…

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Autores Destacados

Autora de Hijas del Abuso

Ketty Rodríguez es una periodista venezolana que realizó estudios en la Universidad Católica Andrés Bello.

Antes de graduarse, trabajó como interna en la redacción de uno de los periódicos más emblemáticos de Venezuela, el Diario Ultimas Noticias, un medio de corte popular, que le enseñó la cruda realidad de las barriadas caraqueñas, la tensión de las huelgas de trabajadores y obreros y el creciente problema de la delincuencia en las calles de la ciudad.

Posteriormente, trabajó en el Diario de Caracas, un periódico alternativo que intentó llegar a la clase de jóvenes profesionales venezolanos. Allí, Rodríguez trabajó como reportera de sucesos políticos, escribiendo sobre los hechos más sobresalientes del último segundo mandato de Carlos Andrés Pérez, a principios de los 90.

En el 2000, Rodríguez fue contratada por el Nuevo Herald de Miami, para trabajar como reportera de inmigración, pero luego se dedicó por varios años, a escribir sobre las escuelas públicas de Miami Dade, los rejuegos de la politica y su influencia en el presupuesto educativo, y la difusion de logros de maestros y estudiantes por encima de las diferencias culturales y economicas.

En el 2009, salió del periódico para iniciar su carrera de escritora. Rodríguez reside en Miami y tiene un solo hijo, Ignacio Ocando. Usted puede comprar el libro de Ketty Rodríguez, Hijas del Abuso Aquí

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