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Gov. Bush, FCAT hang over race for governor



Gov. Jeb Bush is popular. The FCAT isn't.

The race to replace him may turn in part on which icon is more potent.

The Democrats - U.S. Rep. Jim Davis and state Sen. Rod Smith - slam virtually every change Bush has made to Florida's school system, but reserve special scorn for the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test. Smith says the governor's "maniacal commitment" to the FCAT is burning out teachers and thinning out curriculum. Davis calls it a "political weapon."

Meanwhile, the Republicans - Attorney General Charlie Crist and Chief Financial Officer Tom Gallagher - praise Bush's policies and promise to keep using the FCAT to grade schools, retain students and reward teachers.

Both approaches carry big risks. Find out why here.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 3:07pm]


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