Fund Education Now founder Kathleen Oropeza was having none of the most recent study that gushed over another Jeb Bush initiative. Noting the Harvard study which supports Florida’s 3rd grade retention based on FCAT came from a researcher works for a center chaired by Bush, Oropez had this for StateImpact reporter John O’Connor:
This is an echo chamber, a self-licking ice cream cone,” said Kathleen Oropeza, a co-founder of Orlando-based Fund Education Now. “It is based on supposition and flies in the face of known longitudinal studies that stretch back 100 years.
“Real children are suffering right now because of this policy,” she said. “More children in other states are going to suffer.
Republican governors and state legislative bodies roll over at anything that originates from Jeb Bush. Oropeza knows that this study is a transparent sop intended to justify his high-stakes tests template that he sells all over the nation.
Such self-studying as is this not new from Bush’ allies. In July, Florida Tax Watch released a study titled Accountability is Essential, which also provided a glowing assessment of Bush’s test dominated schemes. The report was completed By Elizabeth Carrouth, a former Florida senate analyst who had a hand in writing the very same legislation she was writing about for Florida Tax Watch. This isn’t the first time that Florida Tax Watch produced a study timed to support a Bush agenda as How Charter School Funding Compares was released in time last spring to support additional charter school funding.
Carrouth’s boss at Florida Tax Watch is Marshall Criser III. The president of AT&T Florida is also a trustee of the Florida Chamber of Commerce. Criser penned his own support of Bush’s test-based reforms this summer in the Tallahassee Democrat. The FCOC has stood side-by-side with Bush’s education agenda for the past few years.
Small wonder a long-time public school advocate like Oropeza was so outraged. Something so convenient and cozy borders on being intellectual lydishonest propaganda. Bush and his allies must know they’re in trouble with the public and are churning out faux scholarly studies to get the media to bite and carry their water for them.