Jeb Bush: the New Status Quo


Jeb Bush and one of his top dollar mouthpieces have become the gift that keeps on giving. Let’s call them on two of their recent public statements.

Last week, top policy wonk Matt Ladner touted Florida’ s record at narrowing the achievement gap between black and white students and concluded with this bit of hyperbole:

Florida achieved this progress on achievement gaps the best way possible: strong gains among White students, even stronger gains among Black students.  The Florida reform cocktail has once again proven itself as a highly beneficial beverage.

Let’s move to his boss. In October, Bush was the keynote speaker at his own foundation’s annual event in Boston when he took a shot at opponents of Common Core. Ron Matus of redefinED reports.

Jeb Bush, among the most vocal and visible supporters of Common Core academic standards, took a hard jab at critics Thursday, suggesting they drop the conspiracy theories and offer solutions. “What I want to hear from them is more than just opposition,” he said to 800 people in Boston, gathered at the annual conference put on by his Foundation for Excellence in Education. “I want to hear their solutions for the hodgepodge of dumbed-down state standards that have created group mediocrity in our schools.” “Criticisms and conspiracy theories are easy attention grabbers,” he continued. “Solutions are hard work.”

Group mediocrity in our schools? What about that Florida education reform cocktail that’s  proven beneficial again?

Bush and his policies have become the new status quo. His flacking for Common Core assumes that his own test-dominated “education reform cocktail” hasn’t been in existence for over a decade. He wants you to believe that the feel-good teacher stories he offered in Boston only existed because of his efforts. Never mind the fact that they happened long before he was around and happen today in spite of him.

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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