Mercedes Schneider: Why Jeb Bush’s Presidential Campaign Fizzled

Diane Ravitch's blog

Mercedes Schneider is a close Jeb! watcher. She recognized that he was the godfather of many of today’s most damaging corporate reforms. He linked arms with Michelle Rhee to push for vouchers in Florida (but the voters turned him down). He begat the idea that schools should be given a single letter grade, based mainly on standardized test scores. He has been an enthusiastic cheerleader for school choice of all kinds, especially charter schools and for-profit charters. He cheered the Common Core standards more than anyone. He created an alliance between ALEC and his own organization, the so-called Foundation for Educational Excellence.

He started his presidential campaign with more money than anyone else. But voters didn’t want another Bush. They wanted a reality TV star.

We can hope that the dimming of his presidential prospects also dims the luster of his faux education reforms, which were always about privatization and…

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