In a stunning letter to the editor of the Miami Herald, the former administrative assistant to the principal of Liberty City School tells the tragic story of the rise and fall of an inner city charter school. Alicia Banuchi writes:
Michael Schiavo’s Feb. 10 response to Michael Putney’s column about the legacy of Jeb Bush, Don’t trust Jeb Bush with the power of the presidency, was powerful.
I was entranced by his statement: “The truth about Jeb Bush is that he used my wife for his own personal political gain.”
Bush did the very same thing to poor, at-risk black children at the Liberty City Charter School, the first state charter school he founded.
He frequently campaigned there, disrupting staff and administration by his visits, and bringing public relations, media and individuals whose sole interest was political gain.
In fact, the school thereafter maintained poor and failing grades, as well as flawed administrative leadership up until it was finally shut down 10 years later.
Jeb Bush failed to bring success to his own school. Worse, he abandoned it while it was still in operation. This shows him to be lacking in compassion, to say the least. And, as Mr. Schiavo puts it, “Jeb Bush had no right to do what he did, and voters should consider what someone who used the power of government to hurt so many would do with the power of the presidency.”
Bush is notorious for having photo ops at charter schools. Why not the one he founded? Does he only go to places who donate to his foundations as do Charter Schools USA and Academica? The failure to keep the school going certainly shatters the Bush messianic myth. So much for having all the answers.