Did anyone notice that, during the first debate that Jeb did not even answer the question posed to him about common core? He was asked if he still supported common core, he ducked the question and proceeded to say he was against everything that common core has become.

Jeb Bush said, “I don’t believe that the Federal Government should be involved in the creation of standards directly or indirectly, the creation of curriculum or content, that is clearly a state responsibility.”

Anyone hearing that statement, knowing that he has been promoting common core for years, can come to only one of four conclusions:

  1.  Jeb Bush either is uninformed about common core.
  2. he is really not against federal control of education.
  3. he is promoting something he does not believe in.
  4. There actually is no federal involvement in common core.

All three are troubling for a potential president of the United States, but which one is it?

Jeb Bush is an intelligent man, so he must know what millions of us parents, teachers and freedom loving Americans know about common core. We know that the federal government was deeply involved in common core at all stages, but it was Big Education and Big Data corporations working with one-world progressives and government educrats that invented it. In a National Review article titled “Jeb’s Misleading Talk on Common Core”, Stanley Kurtz clearly spells out how and why Jeb’s answer was misleading, Kurtz wrote that “I am sorry to say that Jeb Bush has been a leading supporter and cheerleader of this process from the start, often portraying what was in fact an illegitimate federal power-grab as a sterling example of local control.”

Jeb must know that federal funding went to two private advocacy groups, The National Governors Association (NGA) and the Council of Chief State Schools Officers (CCSSO). It was the funding of common core through these two official sounding lobbying groups which allows Jeb and others to get away with saying that common core was “state led”, a completely verifiable lie.

Jeb would surely know that common core was only accepted in 47 states because the Obama administration baited the trap with Race To the Top (RTT) funds (the carrot) and kept states in common core with No Child Left Behind waivers (the stick).

Both of the common core testing consortium, PARCC and Smarter Balanced received federal funds and federal control.

So when he says he is against Federal involvement in education he is either throwing common core under the bus or the truth.

As misleading as Jeb Bush’s answer on common core was, it was his statement in his follow up, which was the most disingenuous. Jeb Bush said that “if states want to opt out of common core, fine”.

It only took three signatures to obligate Florida to common core in late December 2009, but it will take the Florida Legislature and the Governor to get us out. Florida Legislators have said privately that no common core relief will pass while Jeb Bush is calling the shots in Florida. With funding from special interests, Jeb Bush runs Florida’s Education Department like his own fiefdom. Hundreds of FOIA emails prove it.

No bills to stop or even examine common core ever make it out of committees chaired by Jeb Bush cronies. You can see it by watching the committee meeting videos. It doesn’t matter if third graders are unjustly held back, common core must go on.

Last year, when common core became toxic, Florida changed a few words around and then simply renamed common core to a nice new sunshiny name. Florida spent a fortune for the name change just to give cover to common core supporters running for reelection.

This year’s bill praised by Bush’s Foundation for Florida’s future only served to expand and entrench common core in every subject. The bill outlawed all local school districts and from using locally chosen final exams. Jeb said that opting out is “fine”, but who will risk failing the final exam? So district will start school earlier, will use common core curriculum, and will do whatever it takes to comply. Students and teachers will now be evaluated by the least accurate, most error prone, non-validated assessments we have ever had, with no ability to prove their competencies. Florida Senator Gaetz (A Bush crony) is going to force private schools to do the same.

Jeb Bush’s loyalty to the idea of a top down, one-size fits all education system that completely shuts parents and teachers out of the process, may be admirable, if it was not so profitable. Maybe his loyalty is simply to total government control of education, which was the only substantial result of his education “miracle” while Governor of Florida.

Whatever his reason, our children are losing their precious learning years to this agenda riddled, money making scheme called common core. It is not a political issue to parents who see the confusion and stress caused by common core. It is not an academic exercise to teachers who can no longer teach each child in the best way possible. Jeb Bush’s nuanced answer is not just another ploy of political gamesmanship; it goes to his fundamental philosophy of government

The director of APIA Education, Emmett McGroarty, said they graded Jeb Bush with an “F” on education because “Mr. Bush has been unapologetic in pushing these standards into the states”, and that “Bush has done all this to the great detriment of children across the country.

Parents should not vote for someone who is hurting their children. So until Jeb Bush, uses his influence to actually stop common core instead of keeping common core, then it is our duty to see he never rises to the highest office in the nation.




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