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Thu Jun 25, 2015, 02:14 PM

What do you get with an "education" governor - like Jeb? What's happened with Rick Scott?

What you get is more than a decade of the lowest ranked graduation rates from HS in the US!!!

No matter how you play with the numbers, and it's no prize to claim you're not dead last, FL has a terrible graduation rate, no mandatory preschool, money wasted on charter schools and vouchers.

Is FL's graduation rate lousy or just dead last? Times rates this "mostly true".

http://www.politifact.com/florida/statements/2015/jun/24/dan-gelber/after-jeb-bush-floridas-graduation-rate-was-dead-l/

Florida graduation rate was dead last when Bush left office and remains near bottom, Gelber says

But former state Sen. Dan Gelber, D-Miami Beach, says that the state's graduation rate was nothing to brag about when Bush left office -- or today.

"In 1998, when a newly elected Gov. Bush and a compliant Legislature started Florida’s ‘education revolution,’ our graduation rate was among the lowest in the nation," Gelber wrote in a June 21 Miami Herald op-ed. "After Bush’s two terms in office, Florida’s graduation rate was dead last and remains near the bottom."

Gelber said that "after Bush’s two terms in office, Florida’s graduation rate was dead last and remains near the bottom."

Gelber cited Morgan Quitno data which showed Florida was 50th in 2004-06. But other data sources -- the federal government’s method and Education Week -- showed that Florida was near the bottom of the pack in Bush’s last full year but not dead last.

Gelber is on more solid ground when he said that Florida "remains near the bottom." In 2012-13, only seven states had a lower rate, while two were tied with Florida, according to the federal cohort method.

We rate this claim Mostly True.

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