Former Florida Republican Governor Jeb Bush speaks at the 2014 National Summit on Education Reform in Washington, DC, November 20, 2014. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB        (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
Opinion

The Company You Keep: Why Is Jeb Bush Cozy With a Discredited Charter School Mill?

At the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Jeb Bush posed the following question:

Everywhere in our lives, we get the chance to choose.

Go down any supermarket aisle – you’ll find an incredible selection of milk.

You can get whole milk, 2% milk, low-fat milk or skim milk. Organic milk, and milk with extra Vitamin D. There’s flavored milk– chocolate, strawberry or vanilla—and it doesn’t even taste like milk. They even make milk for people who can’t drink milk.

Shouldn’t parents have that kind of choice in schools?

In his time since leaving the Florida Governor mansion, Mr. Bush’s nonprofit, the Foundation for Excellence in Education, pushed public policies that offer the educational equivalent of spoiled milk. These policies also happened to benefit one of his foundation’s donors, Herndon, Virginia based K12 Incorporated, a pedagogically controversial virtual charter school management company.

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