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Council of Chiefs: Jeb Bush Advising On Privatizing Public Education

April 28, 2011

Two story references on Council of Chiefs in this post.

On one hand, the bill seems to reflect some cognitive dissonance on the part of state legislators. In spite of repeated references to the idea that “local control is the key to the success of schools and districts,” Texas lawmakers are now putting forth legislation that would strip away local control over teaching and learning. [1]

Besides the Kochs, the Bush clan has done more damage to our country than any other family in recent history. George Bush SR was involved in Iran-Contra. GW Bush help bankrupt the nation from two unfunded wars and little regulatory over sight of the financial sector which led to the Great recession, and now Jeb Bush is leading the charge on privatizing our public schools as part of the Republican-Libertarian “reform” agenda.

Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor, is acting as an advisor to governors and lawmakers, mostly Republicans, who are advocating privatization of public education.

Mr. Bush has been active in helping advise state Republican lawmakers in crafting legislation in Arizona, Florida, Indiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Utah. This is part of a new group called the Chiefs for Change and Council of Chiefs who are promoting radical changes to public education.

Let’s stop right here. A national foundation is not elected by the citizens of any town, city, county or municipality. There is no elected representation. These may be elected superintendents, but often they are appointed. This is an end run around representative government such as we are seeing in Michigan. He is promoting private-school vouchers and online courses.

Related: Texas Legislature to Consider Extreme Education Isolation
Taking its renegade reputation to a whole new level, the Texas legislature is expected to consider House Bill 2923, which would amend the state education code to explicitly prohibit the adoption of any curriculum standards that are shared by — well, anyone but Texas.

Introduced by State Rep. Dan Huberty, who campaigned on eliminating the state’s standardized tests altogether, the bill promotes extreme education isolationism:

“The State Board of Education…shall require each district to provide instruction in the essential knowledge and skills at appropriate grade levels. A district may not meet this requirement through the use of national curriculum standards…no school district or open enrollment charter school may be required to offer any aspect of a national curriculum…[and] may not adopt or develop a criterion-referenced assessment instrument based on national curriculum standards.”

It further defines “national curriculum standards,” as including “any curriculum standards endorsed, approved, sanctioned or promoted by the United States Department of Education, the National Governors Association, or the Council of Chief State School Officers.”

See that…. this new legislation would empower a non-elected group to oversee education.

Read entire post at Think Progress, Wonk Room, click here

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