Its Jeb-splainin’ at its worst.National Journal reporter Ron Fournier missed out on an opportunity to get Bush fully on paper. Here’s the quote in its entirety.
“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.”
So here we are today at the annual pilgrimage for the financially grateful and those seeking politically blessings to join in a group hug at Jeb Fest. But the man of the hour is running for President and cannot lock the doors as he has in the past. And a nice little parcel has been set aside for a lot of folks who really know all about the Bush Way and what he has wrought upon Florida schools.
Jeb-splainin’ bemoans “government-run schools” yet he seeks to put Washington in control of schools with Common Core. And he supports a federal school voucher program that further will centralize it in the federal legislative branch. While Bush’s acolytes talk the talk about maintaining local school board control, their definition of local control is now in state legislatures where the same big money which built Bush’s education empire can dictate policy.
Moreover, any state with crumbling and corrupt high-stakes testing or school grade drama can blame Jeb Bush. Florida knows this story well. People will be in Tallahassee today to tell it.