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Bush's ed foundation on FCAT, grad rates



The spokeswoman for former Gov. Jeb Bush's education foundations has a few thoughts in response to leading Democrats' thoughts on the FCAT scores released today.

Outgoing House Minority leader Dan Gelber, running for the Senate, pointed out that while FCAT scores are up, Florida still has among the worst graduation rates in the nation. (60.8 percent vs the national average of 70.6 percent, according to Education Week's annual report.)”

Well, here's what Kristy Campbell, spokeswoman for the Foundation for Florida's Future, has to say:

"It’s disappointing Representative Gelber failed to mention that since accountability was introduced in Florida schools, Florida’s graduation rate has increased substantially. Looking at Education Week’s annual report, Florida has the second highest increase in graduation rates in the country -- a nearly 8 percent increase since 2001. Bottom line, education reform and accountability are transforming Florida schools.  

"We need Florida high schools to improve to ensure our students are competitive in an increasingly competitive global economy. Only continuing reform, not watering down accountability, will raise student achievement. We agree that the changes to high school grading made this year are a good first step to improving our high schools."

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:46am]


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