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Jeb Bush's Famed Liberty City Charter School Is In Ruin

Jeb Bush's failed charter school project in Florida hasn't stopped him from bragging about it on the campaign trail.
5 years ago by David
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Jeb Bush, who believes there's no Bush baggage lingering, has been bragging about his quintessential education initiative, Liberty City Charter School, without mentioning their name and the success he says it's had in his speeches.

But with Mr. Bush all but certain to be running for office again, this time for the White House, the school he once championed is again useful. As he tries to sell himself to the conservative Republicans wary of his support for the testing standards they consider emblematic of government overreach, he can speak with authority on charter schools, funded largely by taxpayers but run by private companies, as a free-market antidote to liberal teachers’ unions and low performance.

And his firsthand experience in the education of underprivileged urban grade-schoolers lends him credibility in a party that has suddenly seized upon the gap between the rich and poor as politically promising terrain. In his first speech as a likely presidential candidate in Detroit last month, Mr. Bush credited Liberty City Charter School with helping “change education in Florida”

That's an odd thing to do when the school he's bragging about is literally destroyed.

Those days are over. Now trash and fronds from the palm trees that students planted litter the grounds, and cafeteria tables are folded away in a dark doorway. Jeb Bush’s charter school is a ruin baking in the Miami sun.

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It's amazing how turning everything to shit can be "useful" if your last name is Bush.
I wonder how that happens.


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