The Answer Sheet: Is It Jeb Bush


Posted at 09:18 AM ET, 04/10/2014

What does Jeb Bush call public schools? (Hint: not ‘public schools’)

School districts are not school districts. They are government-run monopolies run by unions.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:18 AM ET, 04/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Jeb Bush

Posted at 04:02 AM ET, 08/09/2013

Jeb Bush's witless attack on Matt Damon

Put this in the you-can't-make-up-this-stuff category.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:02 AM ET, 08/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  A Twitter Attack, Jeb Bush, Matt Damon

Posted at 02:05 PM ET, 08/01/2013

The biggest loser in the Tony Bennett resignation

Tony Bennett just resigned as Florida's superintendent of public schools amid a scandal about his actions when he was Indiana's schools chief. What this means for school reform and Jeb Bush.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:05 PM ET, 08/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Is It Jeb Bush?, Jeb Bush, Tony Bennett

Posted at 02:37 PM ET, 07/18/2013

Florida GOP lawmakers urge break with Common Core testing group

Are Republicans about to fight with other Republicans in Florida over the Common Core?

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:37 PM ET, 07/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bad News for Jeb Bush, Common Core Tests

Posted at 05:01 AM ET, 05/31/2013

Jeb Bush's disdain for public education

It's always useful to know where other people are coming from so we can thank Jeb Bush for making it so easy to understand where he stands.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:01 AM ET, 05/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  He Doesn't Hide It, Jeb Bush, School Reformers

Posted at 03:36 PM ET, 04/30/2013

'Parent trigger' legislation fails in Florida Senate

For the second straight year, significant parent opposition to "parent trigger" legislation in Florida has led to defeat in the legislature.

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:36 PM ET, 04/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  A Loss For Jeb Bush, Parent Trigger

Posted at 09:54 AM ET, 02/26/2013

Editorial bashes Jeb Bush's education 'reform' efforts

A Florida newspaper rips apart Jeb Bush's school reform record in the state and takes on his national reputation as a leading education reformer.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:54 AM ET, 02/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  'Undeserved Reputation', Jeb Bush, School Reform

Posted at 09:40 AM ET, 11/26/2012

Who does Jeb Bush think he's kidding?

Jeb Bush is about to launch his fifth education summit in Washington, in an effort to to further his brand of corporate-based school reform, which he likes to tout except when acolytes get beaten at the polls.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:40 AM ET, 11/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Jeb Bush, School Reform

Posted at 11:14 AM ET, 11/17/2012

Jeb and Arne, together again

Several months ago Jeb Bush publicly praised President Obama for selecting Arne Duncan as education secretary. Duncan is now scheduled to deliver a keynote address at Bush's fifth annual Excellence in Action Summit late this month in Washington D.C. What's wrong with that?

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:14 AM ET, 11/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Arne Duncan, Jeb Bush, School Reform

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 01/09/2011

How to be taken seriously as a reformer (don't be an educator)

In the current upside-down world of education policy, there's one foolproof strategy for being taken seriously as a reformer: Make sure you're not an educator. Here, an educator writes about what counts -- and what SHOULD count -- in the school reform debate.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:30 AM ET, 01/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers | Tags:  Illiinois schools, Performance Counts, bill gates, eli broad, jeb bush, mark zuckerberg, obama and schools, obama daughters and school, oprah, performance counts, president obama and daughters, school reform, sidwell and obama, standardized tests, teacher assessment, teachers

Posted at 12:02 PM ET, 01/07/2011

What really helped Florida's test scores

Florida, which is increasingly being looked to as a school reform model did achieve considerable improvements in student achievement during the last decade. But it is important to see when, where and why the gains occurred. The real answer, it turns out, is not the one often given.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:02 PM ET, 01/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers | Tags:  florida reform, jeb bush, jeb bush and school reform, naep scores, national assessment of educational reform, school reform

Posted at 02:05 PM ET, 12/21/2010

A sobering look at Florida school reform

With Florida increasingly being looked to as a national model for school reform, here's a clear-eyed look at exactly what has been going on in the Sunshine State.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:05 PM ET, 12/21/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Charter schools, Charter schools, Charter schools | Tags:  charter schools, florida school reform, jeb bush, school reform, sherman dorn, standardized tests

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 12/20/2010

High remediation rates cast doubt on reforms

If standardized test-driven school reform is so successful, why are college remediation rates still so high?

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:00 AM ET, 12/20/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Community Colleges, Community Colleges | Tags:  jeb bush, joel klein, new york city remediation rates, new york city schools, remediation rates, school reform

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 12/14/2010

Where education reform is heading: From extreme to extremum

If you want to understand where public education reform is heading, look south and east to Florida, where the governor-elect, Rick Scott, is talking about a new funding student formula that is more likely to destroy the public school system than accomplish anything else.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:00 AM ET, 12/14/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Charter schools, Charter schools, Charter schools | Tags:  florida schools, jeb bush, opportunity scholarships, private schools, public education system, public schools, rick scott, school choice movement, school funding formula, universal voucher program, universal vouchers, vouchers

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 12/08/2010

A primer on (and problems with) market-based reform

Here's a primer on market-based school reform, the vision of its proponents and why their agenda is not the best thing for children.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:00 AM ET, 12/08/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers | Tags:  andy smarick, arne duncan, checker finn, chester finn, democrats for education reform, dfer, fordham institute, geoffrey canada, green dot charter schools, harlem children's zone, jeb bush, joel klein, kipp, kipp schools, market-based reform, michael bloomberg, michelle rhee, richard barth, rick hess, rick scott, school reform, steve barr, wendy kopp, whitney tilson

Posted at 01:02 PM ET, 12/03/2010

What is Michelle Rhee up to in Florida?

What is Michelle Rhee up to by taking an unpaid, advisory position on the education transition team of Florida Gov.-elect Rick Scott?

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:02 PM ET, 12/03/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Educational leadership | Tags:  bush and rhee, florida schools, jeb bush, michelle rhee, rhee and education, rhee and florida, rhee in florida, rick scott, steven colbert, the colbert report, washington d.c. schools

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 12/02/2010

Is progress in Florida schools exaggerated?

Florida’s public school system is frequently held up as an exemplary example of how specific school reforms -- vouchers, charter schools, on-line schooling, high-stakes standardized tests, etc. -- can improve student achievement. But things aren't always what they seem.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:00 AM ET, 12/02/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Accountability, Accountability, Accountability | Tags:  achievement gap, charter schools, florida, florida's schools, jeb bush, school reform, vouchers

Posted at 05:15 PM ET, 12/01/2010

Sponsors tell story of Jeb Bush ed convention

If you have any doubt about the direction of where school reform is headed in this country, look at the sponsors of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s two-day education conference in Washington D.C.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:15 PM ET, 12/01/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  School turnarounds/reform | Tags:  arne duncan, educational reform, jeb bush, school reform

Posted at 01:00 AM ET, 11/15/2010

Are Rhee and Florida interested in each other?

The talk in education circles in Florida is that the governor elect, Rick Scott, may be looking for a new education commission and one name that seems dominant in the discussion is Michelle Rhee, who just resigned as Washington D.C. Schools chancellor.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:00 AM ET, 11/15/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Educational leadership | Tags:  arne duncan, florida, florida education, florida education commissioners, florida governor, florida schools, george bush, george w. bush, jeb bush, michelle a. rhee, michelle rhee, rhee, rick scott

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 11/09/2010

Harvard’s strange ‘Strange Bedfellows’ education event

You might think, or at least I would, that a ticketed discussion at the Harvard University Institute of Politics on education would include people with different views. But with Michelle Rhee, Jeb Bush and John Podesta as the panel, the "discussion" will sound more like an echo chamber.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:00 AM ET, 11/09/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  School turnarounds/reform, School turnarounds/reform, School turnarounds/reform, School turnarounds/reform, School turnarounds/reform | Tags:  arne duncan, charter schools, education department, harvard, harvard university, institute of politics, iop, jeb bush, john podesta, margaret spellings, michelle rhee, no child left behind, obama education reform, president obama, race to the top, school reform

Posted at 03:19 PM ET, 04/14/2010

Teasing teachers in Florida

Florida Gov. Charlie Crist has become a big tease, but it’s hard to know if he is teasing teachers or his fellow Republicans in the state Legislature. Crist has until Friday to decide what to do about legislation sent to him that would, among other thing, end teacher tenure in Florida, link teacher pay to student test scores, eliminate experience and advanced degrees as a factor in teacher evaluation, create a slew of new standardized tests for kids to take. If he listens to one person on what to do, it should be the superintendent of Manatee County schools.

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:19 PM ET, 04/14/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Teachers | Tags:  Bush and teachers, Crist and teachers, Crist and teachers bill, Florida education, Florida school reform, Florida teachers, Florida teachers tenure bill, Jeb Bush, Senate Bill 6, bush and Florida educaiton, bush and teachers bill

Posted at 09:42 AM ET, 04/09/2010

Florida ed reform passes: Is it a model or disaster?

The Florida House early today passed a bill that ends job security for teachers and links teacher pay to student test scores, and the legislation is now in the hands of Gov. Charlie Crist (R). Will he agree with supporters that it is a model for the nation, or with opponents, who say it is extreme, badly crafted and harmful to public education?

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:42 AM ET, 04/09/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Charlie Crist, Florida, Florida governor, Florida teachers, Gov Crist, House bill 7189, NCLB, Senate Bill 6, jeb bush, protester faints, school reform, teacher pay, teacher tenure bill, teachers and protest