Time to throw out Bush-era education reforms


by: John Romano|Tampa Bay Times

October 2, 2015

For the longest time, it seemed educational reformers could do no wrong. They had the theories, they had the platform and, most importantly, they had the power.

So George W. Bush’s Texas Miracle begat the nation’s No Child Left Behind law, which was around the same time Jeb Bush’s accountability crusade took hold in Florida.

They were our models for education. They were going to revolutionize schools and rescue generations of students from despair.

And yet today, they are being attacked from all sides.

The U.S. Senate and House have passed separate bills that would revamp the No Child Left Behind law and return more authority to local school districts.

Around here, the state School Board Association on Thursday called Florida’s accountability system broken. That came a few days after the Florida PTA called the system a mess. And that came a…

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