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If Florida can do it ...



Forget G.W. Bush and No Child Left Behind. The real mover in national education circles is brother Jeb, Florida's former governor, the Washington Post reports. 

GOP leaders around the country are adopting Jeb-style changes, such as school grading, third-grade retentions, vouchers and charter schools. 

“He is the standard-bearer,” Michael J. Petrilli of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, a conservative-leaning education think tank, told the Post. “Those governors who are going to have religion on education reform are looking to him to be their mentor.”

Bush also is taking his message to the people. In an op-ed in the Fort Wayne, Indiana, paper this morning he urged Indiana to adopt Florida's latest endeavor, that of teacher performance pay, annual contracts and results-oriented evaluations.

"Florida is debunking the myth that some kids can’t learn because of life’s circumstances. The state has proven that a quality education and great teachers can overcome the obstacles of poverty, language barriers and broken homes. Now, Florida is forging the path for modernizing the teaching profession.

If Florida can do it, Indiana can and it must. These common-sense reforms will produce a seismic shift in the focus of education – from system- to student-centered."

[Last modified: Friday, April 1, 2011 1:45pm]


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