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Posted at 1:15 PM ET, 03/ 1/2011

Obama to join Jeb Bush at Miami education event

By Perry Bacon Jr.

Former Florida governor Jeb Bush will join President Obama at an event to promote education reform at a Miami high school on Friday, the White House announced Tuesday.

Bush, the brother of Obama's predecessor, has long championed education reform, and Obama is pushing for an overhaul of the No Child Left Behind law by year's end. Bush and Obama have both promoted education policy ideas such as charter schools, and the former Florida governor has praised Obama's approach on education.

But the event, which will be held at Miami Central Senior High School, is still surprising. Bush has been a strong critic of much of Obama's policy agenda and strongly defended his brother George W. Bush the last two years as Obama and his team have blamed the ex-president for the recession.

It will be the second embrace by Obama of a member of the Bush family in a month; he presented former president George H.W. Bush with a Presidential Medal of Freedom a few weeks ago.

The White House has not yet released more details on Obama and Bush's

By Perry Bacon Jr.  | March 1, 2011; 1:15 PM ET
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Hey Democrats,

Statistical Analysis 101:

Replacing the bottom 5-8 percent of dumb teachers:

A teacher one standard deviation above the mean effectiveness annually generates marginal gains of over $400,000 in present value of student future earnings with a class size of 20 and proportionately higher with larger class sizes.

Alternatively, replacing the bottom 5-8 percent of teachers with average teachers could move the U.S. near the top of international math and science rankings with a present value of $100 trillion.

giving mu = sum x P(x)


Posted by: kstobbe1 | March 2, 2011 7:55 PM | Report abuse

Jeb is the same as any other rinos, big spend government is ok with him.

Posted by: tateofpa | March 2, 2011 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Jeb Bush, the privateer wants to have business industries run government. You know what that means, the almighty dollar versus the betterment of human society and the world around us. His effect on services to needy went lacking, his contracts with private prison industry ended costing taxpayers much more than government run prisons and less bang for the buck. His education reforms amounted to giving away money to private and charter schools that employed less qualified teachers. These things concern me as we get less for our limited budgets while for profit businesses wallow up to the trough of taxpayer funded boondoggles. Jeb Bush is not the nice guy you imagine in your delusional state. He comes from a background where his grandfather played footsy with Nazis while Europe burned.

Posted by: leonh741 | March 2, 2011 6:58 AM | Report abuse

Makes sense to me. There may be partisan differences in how we approach the much-needed improvements to our schools, but bi-partisan agreement that something needs to be done, and quickly.

Posted by: OldUncleTom | March 1, 2011 3:10 PM | Report abuse

NO wonder Jeb Bush does not want to run against President Obama..

He has a conscience and knows the President is doing a great job.

Posted by: pdq5 | March 1, 2011 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Jeb Bush, for all his flaws, is a decent man who, I believe, wants to heal America and see things mover forward. You can sat the same about Barack Obama. The problem isn't with people like them. They agree on what we want to accomplish, and only disagree on the means. Then you have the Sarah Palinskies and George Bohners of the world. They want to ruin our country, not improve it.

Posted by: roblimo | March 1, 2011 2:09 PM | Report abuse

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