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Tony Bennett Talks Out of Both Sides of His Mouth on Common Core

December 29, 2012

By: Bob Sikes – Scathing Purple Musings

Indiana education chief Tony Bennett was locked in a tight race to keep his job. Knowing that Common Core Standards was unpopular with many conservative voters, Bennett had this to say about the Obama administration at a Tea Party rally this past summer:

“This administration has an insatiable appetite for federal overreach,” explained Indiana Schools Superintendent Tony Bennett at a Tea Party rally regarding the lawless federal power grab involved in foisting Common Core on America. “The federal government’s involvement in these standards is wrong.”

Bennett who justified Indiana’s adoption of Common Core by describing them as “fewer, clearer, and deeper” was obviously trying to appear he was against Common Core when he was actually for them. One would think that if Bennett were as supportive of Common Core as he says he would be welcoming the Obama administration’s position. Apparently not Tony Bennett the politician. But Tony Bennett, the appointee, sees things differently in Florida. In an interview with Rick Hess, Bennett had this to say:

Common Core implementation is a huge piece. There is a much more universal acceptance of the Common Core in Florida than there was in Indiana. It’s the implementation that is going to be very important. We really want to make sure that Florida is very intentional about continuing to lead the country – and we’re going to work with the board, legislature, and governor to identify the next steps of reform. When I was in Florida [earlier this week], Governor Scott told me to address two things when we spoke to educators and administrators: Common Core implementation and SB 736. Those are going to be out front.

And this in an interview with StateImpact reporter John O’Connor:

…..Because Gov. Bush, and I stand with him very strongly on this issue, has been a strong proponent for Common Core standards. He has also been a strong proponent for school choice; for, obviously, high-stakes testing and accountability.

Well if you think about those discussions and you take the high-stakes accountability and testing and you take Common Core, he is truly advocating of behalf of what is best for children without any consideration to which end of the spectrum he agrees with. And I would just ask you to think about that. Because that in and of itself is indicative of how strongly bi-partisan Jeb Bush the man sees the need for education reform. Frankly, he has been willing to go against the grain of some of his, and my, traditional constituents as it applies to Common Core. And he has taken on the education establishment on other issues, such as choice, accountability, teacher effectiveness.

So because Jeb Bush is for Common Core Standards, Bennett is, too? Are they “fewer, clearer, and deeper?” Or are they an “overreach by the Obama administration?” At least Bennett apparently realizes that Common Core and SB 736 are related. But like his mentor, Bush, he conveys no skepticism to the wisdom of either.

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Jeb Bush Sides With Charter Schools Over Choice In California

December 26, 2012

Originally published: December 24, 2012

By: Bob Sikes – Scathing Purple Musings

From Penny Arevalo in Mission Viejo Patch:

“During my tenure as Governor of Florida, I saw firsthand the important role charter schools play in comprehensive education reform by helping to raise the bar for all public schools. Charter schools have a long history of providing parents with a choice and offering unique learning experiences for students of diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.”

The petition in Carlsbad was rejected, according to the North County Times, because “trustees said they had concerns after hearing that projections for enrollment and for teacher interest in the school had been exaggerated.” The paper added, “Staff members also said they could confirm only 53 parents who said they would enroll in the school, while Oxford claimed 681 local parents had signed the petition.”

Sounding ominously like beginning of last year’s Adelanto fight, Bush’s decision to sign a petition as an outsider trumps the decision of a parent who doesn’t want their tax dollars going to a charter school. Oxford’s obscene number smells like Parent Revolution’s playbook where they keep taking signatures until they get the number they want. Bush’s  foundation flew in some Parent Revolution hacks to testify on behalf of Florida’s parent trigger bill earlier this year. One wonders when they will arrive  in Carlsbad with professional agitator Gloria Romero in tow.

Bush’s signature and public support for the Oxford bid signals he’s on board with the chaos and permanent schisms that such a battle brings a community. Worse, it demonstrates once and for all that Bush doesn’t care about parents who don’t choose what he does.

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