Keeping with their current propaganda campaign, another Bushie has published an opinion piece in a big Florida newspaper to support Jeb Bush’s reforms. Writes his former lieutenant governor Toni Jennings in the Orlando Sentinel:
Florida schools received good news this summer from researchers at the Harvard Kennedy School and the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.
In analyzing test scores from the National Assessment of Educational Progress, they reported that Florida trailed only Maryland in student learning gains dating to the 1990s
This isn’t surprising. Numerous reports have documented the remarkable improvements in Florida education.
The rest of Jennings’ piece is predictably filled with “raise the bar” nonsense and “rigorous accountability” this and that. It comes as no surprise that Jennings left out the tricky little detail that Bush chairs the Harvard committee which commissioned the study. The utility of using NAEP scores to justify Bush’s reform measures collapse when considered against graduation rates (massaged by flawed credit recovery programs) and high college freshmen remediation rates (55 % in Florida alone). Nor does Jennings – a board member on one of Bush’s foundations – admit that Floridians have been subjected to convenient Bush-friendly studies all summer. The similarities in Jennings’ piece to previous one by other Bush loyalists is remarkable. I guess they suppose that if they just keep saying the same thing, it will make it so.