With the Republican field of candidates for President growing larger each day (or so it seems), there will be a tremendous amount of jockeying for position. One of the top tier candidates at this time is Jeb Bush. No doubt, he will try and use his involvement in education reform while governor of Florida, and since, as a way to gain leverage.
And no doubt, his education record will be gone over with a fine-toothed comb by friend and foe alike.
In this article,
Charter School in Miami Fails, but Proves Useful on Jeb Bush’s Resume‘, Jason Horowitz of the New York Times takes a look at Bush’s involvement with one charter school. It is an interesting read for sure.
Co-founded in 1996 by Mr. Bush with what he called in an email a “powerful sense of pride and joy,” Liberty City Charter School was the first school of its kind in Florida and a pioneer in a booming industry and national movement. It became an image-softening vehicle for Mr. Bush’s political comeback, though the school’s road was anything but smooth.
It served a poor, often overlooked black population, and struggled with landlord problems and deepening deficits without the resources and infrastructure of a public school system to rely on. And by the time it closed, in 2008, the school did not have Jeb Bush to count on, either.