Figures…Top Bush Policy Wonk Writes ALEC Education Report and Declares Florida Rocks

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February 16, 2013

By: Bob Sikes – Scathing Purple Musings

Reports Gina Jordan in StateImpact:

Florida is the teacher’s pet in the American Legislative Exchange Council’s (ALEC) latest Report Card on American Education. The report ranks state K-12 performance, progress, and reform.

Florida comes in 12th in the most recent rankings, but it’s one of the leaders in making progress. Florida is also tied for first overall in policy – with four states getting a B+.

“I’m not sure everyone understands here in Florida just how much of a model for the rest of the country you are,” said Dr. Matt Ladner, a policy advisor at the Foundation for Excellence in Education.

“There are states all around the country that are emulating policies that originated here in the state of Florida.”

Ladner wrote the report, and the foundation he works for was founded by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who serves as Chairman. The report will be released later this week or next and is not yet publicly available, an ALEC spokesman said.

Ladner briefed a small lunch gathering at the James Madison Institute about the report. He said the quality of Florida’s K-12 reforms is reflected in ALEC’s report card.

To say that Ladner is biased and hostile to opposing views and voices is an understatement. He titled a recent contemptuous snipe at a researcher Shanker Institute Scholar Bounded in a Nutshell but Counts Himself a King of Infinite Space. In the report Ladner did for ALEC last year, he compared the nation’s teachers to Hitler’s forces. His history of despicable hyperbole on behalf of the Bush foundations and ALEC discredits both.

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