Figures…Another Bush Loyalist Cites Bush Study to Justify Bush Reforms


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.

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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2 Responses to Figures…Another Bush Loyalist Cites Bush Study to Justify Bush Reforms

  1. sarah says:

    Very interesting that Bush sits on study committee that casts positive light on his policies. The Orwellian tradition continues in the Sunshine State

  2. Irish Lass says:

    Maybe your readers will find it as interesting as I did to see that Jeb Bush not only is the chairman of that committee too but the cross over of the people sitting on the board and his Excellence in Education and Florida’s Future – some serve on one board, some 2, some all 3.

    This is a racket Florida – they care nothing about your children – just the “for profit” public-private partnership of Charter schools. Toni Jennings remarks just show it is time she got out of any and all politics – she is loosing her mind. This love affair with Jeb Bush must be because of too much oxygen.

    He is also behind Florida’s Religious Freedom Amendment # 8 on the ballot!!
    Vote NO on Amendment 8 go to http://truthabouteducation.wordpress.com
    or FB or Linkedin and sign on to approve of VOTE NO on FL Amendment 8

    Has everyone lost their minds in forgetting wht a criminal Jeb Bush is? Have they forgotten the Savings & Loan mess – the loss of money from the state’s pension fund – millions upon millions, upon millions!

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