PolitiFact Florida checks Jeb Bush's 'Wall Street Journal' op-ed
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is taking to the editorial pages of the Wall Street Journal to offer some unsolicited advice to the nation's new crop of governors. Tend to economy, he says, but don't ignore education. Bush wrote that states need to better hold teachers and students accountable, and discussed Florida's successes in implementing standardized testing and expanding school options for some students through voucher programs. Bush said the programs are showing results. "In 1998, nearly half of Florida's fourth-graders were functionally illiterate," he wrote. "Today, 72% of them can read."
Is he right? PolitiFact Florida analyzes the claim here.