Another Conveniently Timed Study With Jeb Bush’s Fingerprints On It

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.



About Bob Sikes

A long time ago and a planet far, far away I was an athletic trainer for the New York Mets. I was blessed to be part of the now legendary 1986 World Series Championship. My late father told me that I'd one day be thankful I had that degree in teaching from Florida State University. He was right and I became twice blesses to become a teacher in the late 1990's. After dabbling with writing about the Mets and then politics, I settled on education.
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4 Responses to Another Conveniently Timed Study With Jeb Bush’s Fingerprints On It

  1. Diane says:

    Our legislators are in love with Jeb Bush! I think they believe that if they play the “Bush” game they will get favors in return! They are too dumb to realize he is using them the same as he has used everyone else.

    For 8 years Jeb Bush pushed the FCAT’s telling us it was the best thing since peanut butter and now he spends most of his time pushing Charter Schools as the “new” way because all the public schools are rotten. “Jebby” just suggesting you might want to look at your school is enough. Who is over seeing the Charter Schools?

    Money rolling over hands like water from Jeb, to legislators, to the NGO’s and back – but a bunch of criminals and all the time using our children as the “poker” chips. Big Business in Florida – Charter Schools and plenty are getting rich at it too including Jeb and his friends.

    In this case I support Kathleen Oropeza but in most cases I do not. MORE MONEY is not what we need. Our children need a good curriculum – no RTTT, CCS – Judeo/Christian textbooks, not Islam favored ones – NO MORE INTERNATIONAL curriculum’s feeding our kids with communism and allow the teachers to teach – and NOT TO A TEST.

    Tell Jeb Bush and Bill Gates to take their muscle money and get the heck out of Florida for once and let us create our own education not something the “MONEY MEN and their SIDE GIRLS” come up with!

  2. David says:

    Diane, I was with you right up to the point where you say more money is not what we need. Although, if we spent the money we had on education of children rather than charter schools and testing (we have funneled hundreds of millions into testing and charter companies) maybe we could make do…

    Public schools are being starved, on purpose. Yes, we need to fully fund public schools and spend th emoney on actually educating young people rather than lining the pockets of test and charter school companies.

    I also believe that your point about curriculum is off base. We certainly do not need Judeo/Christian testbooks, we need factual, properly vetted textbooks (and I have no idea where you get the idea that Islam favored textbooks or pro communisim textbooks are in use, do you have an example? I am genuinely curious.)

    Curriculum really isn’t the issue either (although a curriculum designed by educators rather than politicians would be nice.) You could drop the best curriculum ever designed into the schools and without resources and attention to the issues children bring with them from outside the school walls there will be no improvment.

    Finally, if you really want to save money, have the politicians and school administrators who have spent little time actually teaching STOP implementing new educational models every three years. They cost a lot of money to implement, bring very little new to the table, and frustrate teachers who have to learn everything over again without being allowed to master the last system. We have no idea what works because we keep chainging it!

  3. Diane says:

    The first thing that needs to happen is to get Jeb Bush out of Florida!

    Then enforce the ethics we have in the legislature and get our legislators out of the business of Charter Schools.

    Stop the lobbyists in our state – if Florida wants to be in the forefront on anything that would be a good place to start because until we get rid of them – the system is doomed.

    Jeb Bush’s chief of staff is Patricia Levesque – she also has a lobbying firm in Tally which is involved in this dog & pony show – if you file an ethics complaint in regard to what is going on then her husband, George Levesque, the House Attorney will tell you he sees NO conflict of interest or ethics violations from these jerks.

    YOU ASKED – Judeo/Christian textbooks, we need factual, properly vetted textbooks (and I have no idea where you get the idea that Islam favored textbooks or pro communism textbooks are in use, do you have an example? I am genuinely curious.) This is a proven fact – a research study done by Dr. Saxton and his group of the of the US Citizens for National Security did a 14 month study of all Social Studies books being used in the US publishing his report in 2010.

    I was one of the individuals asked to serve on Florida’s group “Textbook Action Team” (TAT). With printed information from the research we went to our local school superintendent’s & school board’s asking that they either stop using those textbooks or at the least allow us to issue them inserts for the teachers to use listing the corrections. We were all refused with statements that they were told by Tally which books to use. This is not true – the state gives them a list of approved books and then they choose which they want to use.

    I have a friend who looked at his daughter’s History book (senior year) and the 1st third of the book was about Mao – after checking the counties approved list – the book that teacher was using was not even authorized.

    Why do you suppose the State of Florida has allowed Gulen Charter schools – diversity? They are also receiving our money the same as any Charter school but they can teach them Islam, use foreign Islamic teachers all with the brains of a Turkish terrorist behind the schools. These Charter schools are not only for Islamic children and since a large majority of our parents do not know any better – they put their children in these schools because they have fancy names.

    You need to read the books and literature being used in the International Baccalaureate (IB) program which comes straight from UNESCO and it is filled with “communist” ideals and actions. Hillsborough County is the blood bath for everything NOT American (a little UN over there) including one school using ASPNET for curriculum from UNESCO – Gulen – IB – teachers who are members of the United Nations in America allowing Iman’s into classrooms.

    MARY ELLEN ELIA as Commissioner of Education? Why not just send all our kids to Russian schools and forget all the rest? Just what does everyone think that Education agreement Reagan signed with Gorbachez in 1985 was – a social agenda for pen pals?

    This whole education mess has been in the work’s for a long, long time and until we can get DECENT, LAW ABIDING LEGISLATORS in office who read the bills and truly care about our children and not their wallets – HOME SCHOOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. And as usual the study itself is not as glowing as the press release or the media reports. They try to keep a facade of scholarly respectability in the paper itself.

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