Putting Education Reform To The Test

One Interesting Tony Bennett Quote About the ‘Florida Model’

Kyle Stokes / StateImpact Indiana

Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction delivers his concession speech on Election Day.

We interviewed Tony Bennett back in the spring to ask him about his relationship with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

With news Bennett has applied to be Florida’s next Education Commissioner, this quote from Bennett seemed relevant:

“But I think Indiana was really the first state to really adopt the Florida model…I would say to you that there are probably very few, if any, states that are as closely aligned to the Florida model as Indiana.”


  • Yup, and the people of Florida are not very happy with the result of all that. The so-called “rigorous” curriculum is accomplished through “drill and kill” — computers have taken over the job of compassionate and creative teacher. Students graduating from such programs cannot problem solve, they cannot work without a rubric — they are going through the motions. This is what this has taught our children

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