Thursday, February 12, 2015
Just exactly what has Jeb Bush done again?
Jeb Bush has returned to the state to raise money for a potential presidential run and to tout his so called education accomplishments. Though if we are being honest his accomplishments are far a few between.
His A-F grading scale shows one thing and that’s zip codes as the schools that do the worse are usually in the poorer ones.
The teacher evaluation system is based on junk science called the Value Added Method. A complicated formula that doesn’t take into account poverty, behavior or absences and which has been disavowed by the American Statistical association.
Then his high stakes testing agenda is unraveling. After years of sucking the joy out of learning for students and teachers alike opposition has reached a crescendo. It’s punitive and used to punish schools, teachers and students.
Finally there are a couple more things you should know. The improvements that Jeb Bush takes credit for practically coincide with the citizen driven class size amendment and other states which did not see fit to fail third graders, blame teachers for the problems in education and outsource their children’s education to for profit charter schools have seen improvements as well. Things very well may have improved here in Florida but it is in spite of Jeb Bush not because of him.