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Florida education offers 'a lesson for our nation,' Jeb Bush writes



Jeb_Bush_ALMOP102 As we've noted from time to time, former Florida governor Jeb Bush has taken his education philosophy on the road, touting it to eager lawmakers across the country.

This weekend, Bush pitched his brand of school accountability in the Arizona Republic, the biggest newspaper in a state that has been toying with enacting many of the ideas (such as school grading) that Florida put in place over the past decade.

Here's a snippet:

"The results speak for themselves.

In 1998, nearly half of Florida's fourth-graders were functionally illiterate. Today, Florida's fourth-graders and eighth-graders are above the national average in reading, and fourth-graders are above the national average in math with eighth-graders closing in on that benchmark.

In fact, our Hispanic students outperform the average student in 15 other states, including Arizona. Every leading indicator -- test scores, graduation rates, national rankings, participation and achievement in Advanced Placement -- continues to rise.

Florida's story dispels common myths about education."

Any advice for Arizona, readers?


[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:50am]


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