Jeb Bush’s Support of NCLB Threatens Campaign

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Photo credit: Gage Skidmore (CC-By-SA 2.0)

Common Core isn’t the only problem related to education policy with former Florida Governor Jeb Bush.  His support of No Child Left Behind is a problem as well.

The Hill reports:

Emails recently surfaced revealing that the former Florida governor offered to help the Obama administration reauthorize the 2002 education legislation, which was signed into law by Jeb’s older brother, President George W. Bush.

The intraparty fight over whether to reform or gut No Child Left Behind (NCLB) is putting renewed focus on Bush’s status as the lone top-tier GOP presidential hopeful still backing the Common Core state education standards for reading and math.

Bush’s conservative critics on Capitol Hill say he’s simply out of step with the party when it comes to education.

“It’s about federal control of education, whether it’s watered-down federal control or No Child Left Behind federal control,” said conservative Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.), who is supporting Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) in the 2016 presidential race. Bush is going to “have a hard time with Republican voters with a position like that.

“If you have a position on No Child Left Behind or Common Core that is contrary to the wishes of the majority of Republican voters, you’re going to have a problem,” Amash said.

“Jeb Bush is the only one holding on to Common Core. I think that’s toxic,” conservative Louisiana Rep. John Fleming added.

Bush’s support in Iowa from what I’ve seen (not that he’s been to the state much) is tepid.  Common Core and No Child Left Behind play a big part in that.  Grassroots activists just don’t trust him on education.