The proposed legislation is part of McDonnell’s education agenda and he was pushing hard for it last week. He even enlisted the help of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who instituted a similar grading system during his time as governor. The measure cleared Senate and House committees and is expected to come up for votes in both bodies this week.
The Daily Press also points out an interesting connection about Bush. An article from Saturday explains opponents of the evaluation policy have concerns the system could be used to push for charter schools, which McDonnell supports.
The story goes on to state:
“Bush heads a non-profit organization, Foundation for Excellence in Education, that lobbies in the interests of for-profit charter school and virtual school companies.
A story in the left-leaning The Nation magazine Wednesday said emails received through Freedom of Information Act requests suggest that Bush and the companies that fund the organization profit directly from its lobbying efforts.”
So, what do you think? Grades for schools to measure accountability? Or if it ain’t broken don’t fix it?