"I know no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education. This is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power." - Thomas Jefferson 1820

"There is a growing technology of testing that permits us now to do in nanoseconds things that we shouldn't be doing at all." - Dr. Gerald Bracey author of Rotten Apples in Education

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Monday, June 18, 2012

Jeb Bush, Levesque, Obama, Duncan. No Difference in Educational Philosophy Between Republicans and Democrats. Some Floridians are not Happy with this Bipartisanship.

A trio of elitists applauding the implosion of public education. Is Levesque standing in the wings?

Here's a crosspost of Grumpyelder's blog on what's happening educationally in Florida with Jeb Bush and the boondoggle of common core standards and high stakes testing.

Pay close attention.  This playbook will be coming with a vengeance to your state as well.  Political operative Patricia Levesque (Governor Jeb Bush’s deputy chief of staff for education), is pushing untested, unproven and unfunded mandates to taxpayers and insisting they are superior to what was previously put in place by the Florida state educational department.  Constant assessments will not provide better education to students.  They will provide more money to the testing companies but this is not educational reform benefiting students.

Look into the crystal ball of Florida education.  It's your story in your state if it adopted Common Core.  Your cast of characters will change but the script is the same.


Floridians are rejecting Jeb’s education schemes

Jeb Bush doesn’t get it,  Last week he got defensive because most conservatives wouldn’t go out of their way to nominate him for …  pretty much anything.  Sure he tried substituting Ronald Reagan’s name for his own, but everyone saw through the ploy.  He claimed the GOP had become too conservative and unwilling to to compromise.

The truth of the matter is people are tired of the GOP putting different packaging on the same schemes the democrats are selling and claiming to have a better product. Sometimes it’s the dems repackaging a GOP scheme.

Either way the end result is the same.

The Eighth Amendment to the Constitution gets trampled, the Tenth as well when it’s done at a Federal Level, government expands it’s reach  and Americans get screwed.

This is true of education and Jeb is beside himself over the idea the Floridians both liberal and conservative are demanding a second the legislature take a second look at the scheme he’s been hawking since before he left the Governors Mansion..  To make matters worse for Jeb, he’s been trying to peddle the scheme nation wide for Barack Obama..  He’s having success with the State legislatures, but like in Florida, a growing number of  parents, teacher and taxpayers are saying NO– or more like Hell No.

Last week The Florida School Boards Association agreed and  passed a resolution opposing the current use of the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test

This kind of rejection isn’t good for Jeb political future or his wallet, he’s got big money riding on the states accepting Obama’s Educational Program .. Realizing people weren’t listening to him he sent in  Patty Levesque–
If Florida wants students to be the most prepared in the nation for Common Core State Standards and equipped for success in the classroom and in life, we must ask students to show what they know.

It is unfortunate that school boards are spending time and resources passing resolutions against the FCAT when they could be working to better inform parents, equip teachers and prepare students to reach higher.

“Patricia Levesque is the Executive Director for the Foundation for Florida’s Future. She served as Governor Jeb Bush’s deputy chief of staff for education, enterprise solutions for government, minority procurement, and business and professional regulation. Previously, Patricia served six years in the Florida Legislature in the Speakers Office and as staff director over education policy.” Foundation for Florida’s Future

The nice thing about having a charitable foundation is everyone assumes charitable foundations that promote things like education are above reproach.  Patrica Levesque has been a  front person for Jeb’s education schemes for years.

Common Core is the Nationalization of Public School Curriculum.. But they can’t say that because the concept itself is a violation of Federal Law and an insult to the 8th and 10th Amendment in The Bill of Rights..

Instead what they plan on is a set of National Standardized Tests,,  The won’t tell school districts what to teach, but if kids don’t pass the Federal Tests the districts lose funding and individual schools may get shut down.. If schools get shut down, Jeb and Obama have plenty of friends in the Charter School Business ready, willing and maybe able to help out..

You notice I said  ”maybe able”  because there have been some reports that many of the charters just aren’t that able to show they can do a better job than public schools …  Bob Sikes wrote about one of those schools that just happens to be owed by Frank Biden, Vice Presidents Biden’s brother  Why Mavericks Charter Schools Got Some ‘Splainin’ to Do..  


What's apparent in Florida is that this isn't about education "reform".  It's about centralized control and crony capitalistic ventures using taxpayer money for your profit and your children as the tokens.

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