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Jeb Bush hatchet man Tony Bennett (thrown out of Indiana) appointed as FL's "Education Commissioner"
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I KNEW this was going to happen.

Former Indiana superintendent is Florida's new education commissioner, December 13, 2012

Just as surely as the partisan U. S. Supreme Court installed George W. Bush into the White House on December 12, 2000, Jeb Bush pushed his aggressive "Educational Reform" operative into the Education top spot in Florida yesterday, to continue the "Bold Educational Reform" that Jeb Bush himself so highly prizes. Why? Because tearing down teachers' unions and starving public education funding in this country in order to take private control of that nice pot of money will make Jeb and his cronies rich.

Very, very rich.

The story in a nutshell?

Parents and teachers in Indiana last month threw out one of Jeb Bush's prime "educational reform" operatives, as they soundly rejected one-term Indiana school superintendent Tony Bennett. Bennett's mission was to push the Jeb Bush Playbook of Bold Educational Reform-- school vouchers, charter schools, forced standardized testing of students, school grades, lax teacher qualifications, merit pay for teachers based on students' scores on rigid standardized testing methods, and now, the rapid push for online education.

Keep in mind that Indiana voted definitively for Mitt Romney, so this rejection of Bennett was obviously no accident. Unfortunately, Bennett leaves substantial damage behind.

Guess what... The Florida Commissioner of Education position has been open since since Gerard Robinson resigned in disgrace on July 31. This week, Tony Bennett threw his hat into the ring at the last moment, and miracle of miracles, via the Florida State Board of Education, two members of which are former Jeb Bush chiefs of staff, he landed the job of Florida's Education Commissioner.

Nothing like shoehorning another Jeb Bush loser into a position to drain the lifeblood of public education beyond recognition in Florida. Indiana rejected Jeb Bush's Plan for their schools. Also noteworthy is that Idaho voters did as well:

Idaho voters appear to have overturned the Luna laws, three school reform laws named for state schools Superintendent Tom Luna who made them the centerpiece of his agenda. Voters rejected his plan to require high school students to take two online courses and for the state to spend $180 million to lease laptops to make this happen. They also rejected merit pay for teachers that is linked to student standardized test scores and they opposed limits on the collective bargaining rights for teachers.

We remember Luna.

When Bennett lost his election to a Democratic school teacher last month, Gov. Mitch Daniels whined to the media:

Republican frustration over the election defeat of Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett boiled over into the public this week with Gov. Mitch Daniels claiming at an education reform conference in Washington that teachers used illegal and improper methods to oust Bennett.

And we heard more whining from Patricia Levesque, executive director for Jeb Bush's Foundation for Excellence in Education.....

And we heard from a peevish Jeb:

And now that Bennett is out, Bush told StateImpact Floridas Sarah Gonzalez about Indiana: Well its not my education agenda. Its the education agenda of the Indiana governor, the Indiana state school officer, the Indiana legislature, the Indiana business community, that Tony Bennett didnt get elected.

Indiana, we are happy you stood up to Jeb Bush and Tony Bennett. Sadly, your gain is now Florida's loss.

And North Carolina, we did our best to warn you.

So the hot potato is back in Florida.

So now, Floridians, we've got yet another failed Jeb Bush operative turning up here, very predictably, to continue the assault on public schools/teachers/unions, at his behest.

The shark never stops chewing at the perimeter.

Jeb Bush makes case for more online university courses, December 4, 2012

The Big Money Driving Online Higher Education in Florida, December 5, 2012

Jeb Bush, with cash and clout, pushes contentious school reforms, November 30, 2012

Who does Jeb Bush think hes kidding?, November 26, 2012

Anybody who follows education policy knows how influential Jeb Bush has been in states well beyond Florida, where, as governor from 1999-2007, he launched school reforms including standardized test-based accountability for students and schools, the expansion of charter schools and vouchers, and a letter-grade (A-F) rating system for schools that has served as a model around the country. Nowhere has the Bush influence been as strong as in Indiana, where the superintendent of public instruction, Tony Bennett, has looked on Bush as his guru.


Bennett followed it in Indiana, where, with the help of Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels and the Republican-dominated legislature, he pushed through a state-wide voucher program, a school grading system, test-based accountability, etc.

Indiana voters had their say on this package of reforms earlier this month when they tossed out Bennett in favor of a veteran teacher, Glenda Ritz, who opposes this brand of school reform because, she says, it doesnt work.


The irony is that Bennett may actually wind up in Florida, where state officials are looking for a new education commissioner and have expressed interest in Bennett because they like his brand of school reform, the one he got from Bush.


Why the List of Tony Bennetts Financial Backers Should Be Important to Floridians, December 9, 2012

...K12 Inc...McGraw-Hill and Houghton-Mifflin Harcourt education publishing and printing corporations...Charter Schools USA...Koch Industries & Koch Development...Florida Crystals Corporation...Eli Broad...

The Corporate Cash Which Fuels Jeb Bushs Education Empire, October 9, 2011

The Inconvenient Truth About Florida Education, December 6, 2012

Despite what Gov. Rick Scott and his Department of Education may tell you, the Florida public education system isnt very good, especially when it comes to the percentage of students graduating from high school within four years.

The U.S. Department of Education recently released data listing state four-year high school graduation rates for the 2010-11 school year -- the first year in which all states used a common, rigorous measure. Prior to the new methodology, varying methods used by states to report graduation rates made such comparisons unreliable.

The goal was to develop a graduation rate that provided parents, educators and the public with better information on their school's progress while allowing for meaningful comparisons of graduation rates across states and school districts. The new graduation rate measurement more accurately accounted for drop-outs and students who do not earn a regular high school diploma.

According to data, Florida had one of the worst graduation rates in the nation, 71 percent. The state tied with Louisiana and had only five states ranked below it: Alaska and Oregon (68 percent), Georgia (67 percent), New Mexico (63 percent) and Nevada (62 percent).

Yes, Mississippi and Alabama finished ahead of Florida.

Just a continuation of the Jeb Bush legacy.

Jeb Bush

Tony Bennett

Floridians, our work is not yet done to rid this state of the corrosive influence of those who hold nothing but unveiled contempt for the people and the public education of our children.

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