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Jeb's Higher Education Plan Is Clearly Helping Minorities [One Florida works]
The Tampa Tribune, via www.jeb.org ^ | March 10, 2002 | Editorial Board, Tampa Tribune

Posted on 03/12/2002 3:54:56 PM PST by summer


FL Gov Jeb Bush, always spending time out in the
field at FL schools, with students and teachers.


Monday, March 11, 2002

Tampa Tribune Editorial

Jeb's Higher Education Plan Is Clearly Helping Minorities [One Florida works]

Gov. Jeb Bush has taken a lot of heat over his One Florida plan to eliminate racial quotas. Critics said the plan would resegregate state universities.

Lost in all the ruckus was that the policy was aimed at defusing a referendum campaign to eliminate affirmative action, which would have stripped the state of any flexibility in aiding minorities.

And Bush stressed his plan would protect minorities. One Florida guarantees that the top 20 percent of every high school senior class is accepted into a state university if those students have taken preparatory classes. The administration believed this provision would ensure diversity.

The latest figures indicate the governor was correct. Some 1,250 more minority students entered the state university system this school year than in 1999, the year before One Florida was implemented.

Moreover, diversity in the university system remained virtually unchanged, with minorities making up more than 36 percent of the entering class.

The governor has taken a number of other steps to help minority students, including boosting financial aid, that appear to be working.

This does not mean One Florida is beyond debate. The program is still new and shortcomings may become evident later. But despite the continuing shrill complaints, the encouraging numbers support the governor's stand that diversity can be achieved without quotas.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Government; News/Current Events; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: 2ndamendment; fl; florida; jebbush; onefl
Great to see The Tampa Tribune editorial board - in swing voter Tamper - coming out in favor of Gov. Bush and his biggest education initiative to date during this election year.

"One Florida" may not make everyone happy, but it certainly is a far cry from what FL did before -- and what FL Dem leaders want to return to: a violation of recent court decisions, prohibiting giving one group (out of more than 150 minority groups in FL) the "benefit" of lower standards.

BTW, get your free "JEB!" bumper sticker<a href="http://www.jeb.org/volunteer.asp?Lang=1&TextMode=False>here!</a>
1 posted on 03/12/2002 3:54:56 PM PST by summer
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To: floriduh voter
LOL...make that: "in swing voter Tampa!"
2 posted on 03/12/2002 3:55:58 PM PST by summer
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To: floriduh voter
Also, make that:

"BTW, get your free "JEB!" bumper sticker here!"
3 posted on 03/12/2002 3:56:53 PM PST by summer
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To: JEb Bush, *Florida
Bumping for index, mistakes and all! :)
4 posted on 03/12/2002 3:57:28 PM PST by summer
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To: summer
I kind of liked the Tamper thing. Dems, Tamper, well, you get it. Thanks, BTW, of your posts on the Bro in Florida. Looks like he is doing a great job. Imagine Reno in that position. Yikes.
5 posted on 03/12/2002 4:03:06 PM PST by Bahbah
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To: Bahbah
LOL!!!! Thanks so much. I appreciate your kind words. And, I think the vast majority of FL voters are going to show Ms. Reno the door in a big way this November. Gov. Bush does a great job. Why fix what's not broken? :)
6 posted on 03/12/2002 4:05:10 PM PST by summer
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To: Amore, cake_crumb, ClaireSolt, Clemenza, Dalebert, Davidosborne,
FYI. :)
7 posted on 03/12/2002 4:08:18 PM PST by summer
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To: Kryptonite, Joe Boucher, jalisco555
FYI. :)
8 posted on 03/12/2002 4:09:57 PM PST by summer
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To: summer
I for one was never happy with the "One Florida" plan as it is still an attempt to color code and otherwise makes race an issue. The focus must always be on merit. You will all recall Ward Connerly's attempt at getting the "California" style civil rights initiative on the state wide ballot. Unfortunately, Connerly had to abandon it when the Fla Supreme Court dragged their feet preventing any decision on the matter until after the election. Consequently, it was withdrawn. The rest, as they say, is history.
9 posted on 03/12/2002 4:15:16 PM PST by HockeyPop
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To: HockeyPop
I honestly think the focus now IS on merit. But, I do realize others see One Florida the way you do. However, I believe Gov. Bush's plan really does reward merit -- and not color.
10 posted on 03/12/2002 4:24:22 PM PST by summer
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To: HockeyPop
Also, FYI -- here's an op-ed column written by Gov. Bush about One Florida:

A Shared Vision for One Florida, by Jeb Bush
11 posted on 03/12/2002 4:51:08 PM PST by summer
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To: HockeyPop
And, LOTS more information available here, re: One Florida.
12 posted on 03/12/2002 4:53:21 PM PST by summer
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To: summer
Cool. Thanks for the info.
13 posted on 03/12/2002 5:08:32 PM PST by Kryptonite
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To: Kryptonite
My pleasure. :)
14 posted on 03/12/2002 5:23:14 PM PST by summer
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To: Kryptonite
PS --


:)
15 posted on 03/12/2002 5:38:37 PM PST by summer
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To: summer
bttt
16 posted on 03/12/2002 7:31:46 PM PST by mafree
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To: summer
I forgot-- GO JEB!!
17 posted on 03/12/2002 8:04:05 PM PST by mafree
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To: mafree
Thanks, mafree. :)!
18 posted on 03/13/2002 1:51:10 AM PST by summer
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To: summer
summer . . . thanks for PING!

The One Florida Initiative prevents our state from being divided along racial lines, and, does not allow one racial group to be pitted against the other.

Go JEB! It is working . . . much to the dismay of the Dems and liberals.

FRegards . . .

 

19 posted on 03/13/2002 5:16:37 AM PST by gatorman
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To: summer
Got a link or info on the court decisions which struck down programs such as the prior quota/affirmative action program?
20 posted on 03/13/2002 7:04:07 AM PST by Kryptonite
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To: Kryptonite
Check out:

Re: One Florida / court decision. (No going back now.)
21 posted on 03/13/2002 7:25:30 AM PST by summer
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To: summer
LOL...make that: "in swing voter Tampa!"

Considering what we learned in 2000 about Florida vote counting practices, maybe you were right the first time ;-)

22 posted on 03/13/2002 8:31:43 AM PST by jalisco555
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To: jalisco555
LOL.... :)
23 posted on 03/13/2002 8:32:45 AM PST by summer
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To: summer
Great photo. Imagine Reno in that room instead of Jeb. Poor kids would be shrieking in terror.
24 posted on 03/13/2002 8:33:38 AM PST by jalisco555
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To: summer
Moreover, diversity in the university system remained virtually unchanged, with minorities making up more than 36 percent of the entering class.

Does this figure mean all non-whites?

25 posted on 03/13/2002 8:36:12 AM PST by FreeTally
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To: FreeTally
I would guess yes, but see post #12, as I am sure the correct answer to your question is found somewhere in that link I posted.
26 posted on 03/13/2002 8:49:50 AM PST by summer
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To: jalisco555
LOL...
27 posted on 03/13/2002 8:50:13 AM PST by summer
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To: summer
Thanks. But I'd like to find out the specifics of why the prior Florida affirmative action plan would fall within the 11th Circuit's holding that the Georgia race-based admissions policy was unconstitutional. Can you provide any specifics about the prior plan and tell me the name of the 11th Circuit case or provide a link to it?

I don't mean to ask too much of you, but you have earned a reputation for being most helpful.

28 posted on 03/13/2002 9:55:26 AM PST by Kryptonite
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To: Kryptonite
LOL...I love questions. And, you have a good one. Now, let me check my Answer Book here, and get back to you... :)!
29 posted on 03/13/2002 10:03:21 AM PST by summer
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To: summer
I found the 11th Circuit case. Now I need specifics on the Florida affirmative action plan.
30 posted on 03/13/2002 10:56:37 AM PST by Kryptonite
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To: Kryptonite
See post #12. I will post another link for you in my next reply on this thread.
31 posted on 03/13/2002 10:59:13 AM PST by summer
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To: Kryptonite
I think you meant One Florida -- check this out here.
32 posted on 03/13/2002 11:07:41 AM PST by summer
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To: summer
LOL...make that: "in swing voter Tampa!"

At least you didn't type 'swinger voter'!

33 posted on 03/13/2002 11:13:25 AM PST by connectthedots
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To: connectthedots
LOL!
34 posted on 03/13/2002 11:21:27 AM PST by summer
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To: summer
Actually, I meant the old program, but your link provides some information on both old and new.

Thanks again.

35 posted on 03/13/2002 1:49:44 PM PST by Kryptonite
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To: Kryptonite
My pleasure. Thanks for letting me know. :)
36 posted on 03/13/2002 2:07:52 PM PST by summer
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