"A child's learning is the function more of the characteristics of his classmates than those of the teacher." James Coleman, 1972

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

From a Texas Miracle to the Florida Delusion

As Florida teachers and parents are ready to light the torches and march against the FCAT, their soon-to-be unemployed governor appears predictably detached (like brother, like brother) and unaware that anyone disagrees with the NCLB school privatization plan. In fact, Jeb plans to team up with Mayor Test-and-Retain Bloomberg in promoting reauthorization of brother W's war against the public schools:

Gov. Jeb Bush and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Monday they will lobby Congress to reauthorize the No Child Left Behind Act, but with some of the changes championed in their own school districts.

The announcement was an extension of the Republican politicians' previous appearances together in New York and a jointly written editorial in The Washington Post in which they said the federal education law, which expires at the end of 2007, requires modifications before lawmakers should again approve it.

"Rewarding progress is what's lacking in this very good bill," said Bush, who leaves office next month. "So there's some tweaks that can be done that I think everyone from Orrin Hatch to Ted Kennedy can agree with." . . .

It is going to take more than a tweak for this turkey to have a chance.

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