Has One Jeb Bush’s Chiefs for Change Been Implicated in Michelle Rhee’s DC Cover-Up?

The jig is up on Michelle Rhee. The DC test results she used as the holy writ to base her empire on were fraudulent. The adults cheated and Michelle Rhee and her Teach for America buddy Kaya Henderson covered it up.

It’s always the cover-up that gets you in the end.

All that’s left now are who else goes down as a result.

At some point the Florida media will start pointing out that and obviously star-struck then governor-elect Rick Scott showed Rhee ‘s propaganda film Waiting for Superman to Florida legislators then appointed her as vice-chair of his education transition team. A few months later Scott signed the Rhee-inspired SB 736 patterned after the DC IMPACT system she imposed on DCPS schools. Where Jeb Bush failed with SB 6 all-the-while creating a political martyr in Charlie Crist, Rhee succeeded.

Now the whole thing is just one big lie, and one of Jeb Bush’s Chiefs for  Change may have been part of the cover-up. Writes Jon Morrow:

The erasures stayed buried for years. The official who had spotted the problem and urged Rhee to investigate has kept her mouth shut. Five months after she had informed Rhee of the widespread erasures, Deborah Gist resigned to become State Superintendent in Rhode Island. Rhee now publicly praises her efforts thereto .[18]

Gist soon be asked by the Rhode Island media why she kept quiet but she is Jeb Bush’s  third Chiefs for Change to run into trouble within the last year.

New Florida commissioner Tony Bennett was ousted by voters from a state in which Mitt Romney won last November.  While Bennett’s list of campaign contributors is troubling enough – it includes $200,000 from Alice Walton – Bennett is facing criticism for $1.7 million worth of  high-tech equipment he purchased through his former chief of staff. Meanwhile, the implementation of Common Core Standards that he championed in Indiana is being opposed by the Republican National Committee.

New Mexico education boss Hanna Skandera, a former Bush aide, is under fire for troubling decisions while serving in the interim did not receive a confirmation vote during the last session.

Does the RNC realize their stand against Common Core and its state champions are associated with Bush? Moreover, do they realize that coupled with Rhee’s scandal Common Core gobbles up a lot of work done by republican dominated legislatures across the nation. And that their unimpeachable champion has been Bush?

The future influence of the Bush-Rhee dominated education reform machine is in danger of collapsing like a dynamited building.


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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5 Responses to Has One Jeb Bush’s Chiefs for Change Been Implicated in Michelle Rhee’s DC Cover-Up?

  1. Someone should attempt to calculate the tax dollars spent on Common Core and the other failing reforms. It would blow the public away.

  2. Thomas James says:

    Jebster Bush, Rhee and Chumps for Change is going down in flames like a Japanese kamikaze plane and will blow up all the ALEC inspired legislation passed by Republican extremist legislatures across the nation.
    Jebster’s house of cards is collapsing. Now it’s time to bury these MotherF*ckers and their treasonous cronies!

  3. Shirley Deckard says:

    Please, SOMEONE, enlarge the investigation into this house-of-cards called “ed reform” to incorporate this question: “Now that a federal judge is allowing a fraud charge in the civil suit against Michelle Rhee for her creative accounting (which showed depleted funds so that she could ax hundreds of DC teachers, then took “found” monies to hire her new teachers), could the same charges be leveled against the governors and other top officials in other “ed reform” states that showed depleted state funds one year, cut public education funding, then had surprise surplus funds the following year?” Mitch Daniels did this in Indiana. Other states who are heavily into “ed reform” show a variation of the Rhee/Daniels scheme. Is this part of the ed reform playbook?

  4. Bob, last I looked, Gist worked at the George Bush Institute, I think she was featured at a Jeb summit as well.

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