Senate Panel Makes Major Changes to Charter-School Bill

By: Brandon Larrabee News Service of Florida | Posted: March 26, 2014 3:55 AM


Florida Capitol

A dramatically narrowed version of legislation aimed at helping charter schools get started and expand was approved by the Senate Education Committee on Tuesday.

Changes approved by the committee opened up broad differences between the bill (SB 1528) and its House counterpart, but appeared to clear the way for a bipartisan, 7-1 vote to move the legislation forward.

Originally, the bill would have required school districts and charter schools to use a standardized contract developed by the Florida Department of Education. Also, it would have removed some limits on the ability of charter operators whose schools do well on state report cards to establish new schools, though it would have restricted where those new facilities could be located.

The new Senate version would instead require the DOE to forward any case where negotiations between a charter operator and a district are deadlocked to an administrative law judge. The judge would have 30 days to rule on the case.

Under the amendment, charter schools would also only be allowed to expel students for violations of the schools' codes of conduct -- addressing concerns by Sen. Bill Montford, D-Tallahassee, that some of the schools might be trying to get rid of students who struggle academically.

Supporters of the legislation say districts sometimes drag their feet to try to delay or prevent the opening of charter schools.

"I believe the Senate is pretty much in agreement that we liked an approach that accommodated the charter schools' concern -- which is a very legitimate concern -- but we had a different solution to that problem," said Senate Education Chairman John Legg, R-Lutz.

He also said the standardized charter-school agreement, which DOE was required to craft under a bill that was approved last year, would still be useful as "a template" for judges to consider.

The compromise was backed at Tuesday's meeting by groups that have supported the charter-school legislation, as well as organizations that had been more skeptical of the proposal.

"We are very pleased to see the ... amendment, and it has addressed many of the concerns that we came with prior to this," said Debbie Harrison-Rumberger of the League of Women Voters.

But the sponsor of the House bill (HB 7083) -- which passed the House Education Appropriations Subcommittee on a party-line vote Monday -- said he doesn't believe the new Senate version would address the issue.

"I don't think that language does enough to create a sense of urgency to come to an agreement," said Rep. Manny Diaz, R-Hialeah.

Diaz's bill still has to clear the House Education Committee before heading to the floor; the Senate bill has two more stops.


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the Bush Push
11:09AM MAR 27TH 2014
Research the JEB BUSH PUSH for our public schools to be converted into Charter Schools while we the taxpayers still have to fund their private for profit charter schools. Jeb’s old FDOE and senate buddy JIM HORNE is the point man for this scheme to defraud teachers, parents, students and the taxpayers of their rights to public education. Remember it was JIM HORNE who was recorded by the FBI offering JIMMY JET a BRIBE to drop out of the race against former Congressman Cliff Stearns! Jeb’s push for the Florida PARENT TRIGGER BILL which if passed would give parents the right to demand our public schools be turned over to Jeb and his for-profit Charter Schools management friends. This CHARTER SCHOOL COVERSIONS by what is supposed to be the people’s lawmakers is nothing mre than a push to privatize all public schools not only in Florida but throughout the USA. The GULEN CHARTER SCHOOLS are flourishing in the USA all with the Help of the Bush family dynasty!

And of course the Madam of the Jeb Bush Foundations Patricia Levesque, who always has something to say for job justification stated, “the organization was speaking up now in part because of where the state stands in putting the standards in place”. Now? The Jeb Bush Foundations have been running all over the country for years pushing the CCS agenda.

“This year is when every student at every grade level is going to be exposed to Common Core,” she said. “Exposed” – do you mean like a virus?

In other words, Florida’s Governor Scott, Commissioner, Legislators, State School Board and District Superintendents are dancing to the tune of Jeb Bush, Chester Finn (Fordham), George Soros, Sen. Lamar Alexander (cradle to grave control), Craig Barrett (Intel), Rex Tillerson (ExxonMobil) Achieve , Edward Rust (State Farm), Condoleezza Rice, Carnegie Foundation, GE, Bill Ayers, Barak Obama and far too many to list. Oh, and let’s not forget David Coleman and Arne Duncan along with the president of the CFR Richard Haass.

Time to clean up our state – to start supporting officials by actions not party, or being lead around by a leash. Floridians Against Common Core Education (F.A.C.C.E.) has ask the Gov. Scott on more than one occasion to take a further step in cleaning up the CCS legislative apparatus in Tallahassee to include insisting that Pam Stewart, Mary Ellen Elia (Hillsborough Superintendent of Schools), and Fl. legislators John Thrasher, John Legg, Joe Negron, Erik Fresen, Anitere Flores, Don Gaetz, Kelli Stargel, and Will Weatherford remove themselves immediately from serving on the Jeb Bush Foundation for Excellence in Education. Never, ever a response from his office.
Inside the Gulen Compound - to the Pennsylvania fortress of “The World’s most Dangerous Islamist”
Fethullah Gulen, allegedly “the most dangerous Islamist on planet earth,” is alive, well, and living in Pennsylvania with over $25 billion in financial assets.
From Pennsylvania, he has toppled the secular government of Turkey, established over 3,000 schools throughout Central Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and the United States, created a new country called East Turkistan, and formed a movement that seeks to create a New Islamic World Order.
the Bush Push
11:07AM MAR 27TH 2014
Gulen Charter School Movement Funded by Heroin via the CIA?

Court records and the testimony of former government officials show that Fethullah Gulen, who presently resides in Pennsylvania, has amassed more than $25 billion in assets from the heroin route which runs from Afghanistan to Turkey.

Sibel Edmonds, a former FBI translator, testified that the drug money has been channeled into Gulen’s coffers by the C.I.A.

“A lot of the drugs were going to Belgium with NATO planes,” Ms. Edmonds said. “After that, they went to the UK, and a lot came to the US via military planes to distribution centers in Chicago, and Paterson, New Jersey.”

Ms. Edmonds further said that Turkish diplomats, who would never be searched by airport officials, have come into the country “with suitcases of heroin.”

According to Ms. Edmonds and other government witnesses, Gulen began to receive funding from the CIA in the wake of the collapse of the Soviet Union when federal officials realized that the U.S. could not obtain control of the vast energy resources of the newly created Russian republics

But the success has come with a price. The only way to provide Gulen with sufficient funds to topple Turkey’s secular regime and to conduct education jihad within the Russian republics came from the poppy fields of Afghanistan.

This scenario serves to explain why US-led coalition troops in Afghanistan are forbidden to firebomb the fields or fumigate the poppies with a chemical herbicide, such as glyphosate.

Despite such testimony and growing concern over Turkey, the Obama administration has opted to turn a blind eye to Gulen and his mountain fortress in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania.

Turkey has transferred its alliance from Europe and the United States to Russia and Iran. It has moved toward friendship with Hamas, Hezbollah, and Syria and created a pervasive anti-Christian, anti-Jewish, and anti-America animus throughout the populace.
In addition, Gulen has established thousands of madrassahs (Islamic religious schools) throughout Central Asia where students are indoctrinated in the tenets of militant Islam so they may be of service in the creation of a universal caliphate. –The New World Order.

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