Skip to comments.Another brand of Bush school reform: Jebís
Posted on 04/01/2011 4:18:43 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
...At the core of the Jeb Bush agenda are ideas drawn from his Florida playbook: Give every public school a grade from A to F. Offer students vouchers to help pay for private school. Dont let them move into fourth grade unless they know how to read.
Through two foundations he leads in Florida and his vast political connections, Jeb Bush is advancing such policies in states where Republicans have sought his advice on improving schools. His stature in the party and widening role in state-level legislation make him one of the foremost GOP voices on education.
He is the standard-bearer, said Michael J. Petrilli of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, a conservative-leaning education think tank. Those governors who are going to have religion on education reform are looking to him to be their mentor.
With Bushs support, several states are embracing letter grades for schools. This week, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez (R) and Utah Gov. Gary R. Herbert (R) signed bills to launch A-to-F school rating systems in their states, following similar actions in Indiana, Arizona and Louisiana. A voucher bill is moving through the Indiana legislature. Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R), who met with Bush this week, and Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) are promoting education agendas that echo what Bush calls the Florida formula.
....He doesnt believe in bringing people along with him, said Andy Ford, president of the Florida Education Association, the state teachers union. He just forces his will on everybody.
Ford said many teachers were irate that Obama shared a platform in Miami with a former governor who fought the union almost nonstop for eight years. The White House is on the wrong track by associating with Jeb Bush, he said...
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Dont let them move into fourth grade unless they know how to read.It is absolutely inconceivable to me that there are parents on Planet Earth who would allow their children to reach 10 years old without knowing how to read.
Many parents suffer from trust the experts syndrome. They think that teaching children to read is magic and only after years of special training can someone obtain the ability.
Let’s not forget, Jeb taught school in good ole Mexico. There’s too much chance of a bleedover in his approach to American education.