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Reminder of Phony Florida Graduation Rates

In the constant battle to have it both ways- The Florida Department of Education(sic) and the Jeb Bush Foundation are out lauding some graduation rate changes in Florida. One thing they do not mention is that the rates around the nation have gone up. They also fail to mention that as the class size law approved by voters  (that Jeb Bush, the legislature and DOE fought – and continue to fight against)  has taken full effect on students passing through the K-12 system- the graduation rates have risen.  These folks never give any credit to something Jeb Bush did not approve of.

BUT…. let me remind you of some other things that have taken full effect in Florida over the last 10 years. Media ignores these things but someone must point out lies misleading statements from Jeb Bush, DOE and Patty Levesque.

1.  25% of all Florida graduates over the last ten years have been passed with waivers (stats from DOE). This means they did not have to pass a single state test, due to being labeled ESE.  Keep in mind,  teachers are held accountable for the test scores of students who know they can guess on each question and still get a “diploma.”

2. BYU. This program allows students to pay about $150 for each half credit they want to “buy.” The students meet with an “instructor” and answers to tests are passed out.  Students do some worksheets together. Students can get credit in as little as TWO DAYS. One student said Panera Bread was a popular meeting place. Poor kids need not apply.

3. Credit Lab. Students do work on a computer from home or school. They are allowed to use the internet to look up answers to assignments. When students complete a class they get a gift card from Subway.

I just looked at some graduation rates for the 2011 cohorts and for poor students- Florida was BELOW Mississippi. The Schott Report has Florida near the bottom for African American Males too. You will not see this information in a press release from DOE or Jeb Bush.

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