Not that anyone is really surprised. Nor does it come as a surprise to long-time Bush loyalist. But Jeb Bush is on the big stage now and his entire education vision will come under scrutiny like never before. Consider this little tidbit from a Ron Fournier piece in the National Journal:
“13,174 government-run school systems is not the appropriate model of governance for this incredibly diverse group of kids who comprise the next generation of Americans,” he said.
Before I could ask how he’d deal with all those school districts, Bush doubled back to my point about tropes. “One way that you’re right: this is not as ideological as it is just recognizing the way world works,” he chuckled. “But smaller would work better than bigger.”
Talk about transforming America. Like with Common Core, Bush will now have to convince republican voters who are happy with the public schools their children go to. I can hear this Bush line coming:
If you like your school, you can keep your school.
Right. But Bush really doesn’t support honest choice and he has proved that he will use any coercion to implement what he wants to impose. His attempt while Florida governor to implement a school voucher program was struck down as unconstitutional. In its place he created a corrupt tax credit scholarship program which operates on tax payer dollars, has little state oversight, no school grades and different tests for accountability.
One of his education foundations created a faux group of parents who wanted a “parent trigger” law in Florida. Bush personally lobbied one state senator to change his vote against the bill.
A Jeb Bush presidency would have a hyper-powerful Department of Education in which Arne Duncan would be right at home and one where Common Core is the nations one-size-fits all curriculum. Marco Rubio’s federal voucher program would become the law of the land.
Local control? We don’t need no steenkin’ local control!