The media is not as fawning as it one was for Jeb Bush and his years as the nation’s most influential education reformer. He used to draw solo pieces. But not in today’s State Impact article by John O’Connor. The former Florida governor had to share the page with three Florida moms who played a big part in defeating him on a key charter school initiative he wanted this spring. Linda Kobert, Christine Bramuchi and Kathleen Oropeza founded Fund Education Now in 2009 to oppose Florida legislative spending cuts.
Bush says this and more about the defeat of Parent Trigger:
Bush is not deterred. He says the parent trigger will be back in 2013.
“Those kinds of things scare people, I guess, so maybe I’m criticized for that,” he said.
“I don’t get a lot of direct criticism though – maybe I’m not watching. And frankly, I don’t really care either.”
For someone who has used the theme of choice to advance his agenda, this is a remarkably arrogant statement. Bush doesn’t care what parents like the three moms say about his plans – parents he and his two foundations presume to represent with their policies. This stunning display of hubris will shock even his most loyal followers.
Bush’s foundations are involved in the state’s PR campaign to defend against outrage against FCAT. He uses his power and the millions he gets from corporations to impose his will. Maybe Floridians are realizing his reform is limited to tests, charters and shaky voucher schemes that sends poor kids to private school where they don’t even take his tests. Bush has never had to face the idea that he doesn’s have the market cornered on caring. Let alone be right.