Message to Arizona: Be like Florida
As former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush touts his education reforms on a national platform, he's finding support not only among GOP politicians such as the governor of Indiana, but also in the Arizona think tank crowd.Matthew Ladner of the conservative Goldwater Institute continues to write about why Florida's accountability program would be the best thing his state could implement to turn its poor performance around. He has a guest column in the White Mountain Independent:
"Florida's policymakers achieved these results with a multifaceted education reform approach, not with a single magic bullet. Reliable testing, real consequences for school failure, expanded parental choice, alternative teacher certification, reforming reading instruction and curtailing social promotion all played critical roles in improving Florida schools.
"With the correct mix of policies, Arizona could enjoy the same level of success. But we first have to admit that we have a serious problem and summon the moral courage required to enact serious reform."