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The Bush Legacy, Part 3: Education



Tb_jeb No governor has done more to change the way Florida students learn than Jeb Bush.

Or created more controversy along the way.

Bush introduced the nation's first statewide voucher program, only to have it tossed out by the state's highest court. He banned the use of racial preferences in university admissions, prompting sit-ins and protest marches.

But the governor is best known for using a single, high-stakes test to reward or punish schools and crack down on social promotion. Eight years later, polls show a majority of Floridians oppose Bush's decision to make the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test the centerpiece of a strict accountability system.

The Times' third story examining Bush's tenure is here.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 1:24pm]


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