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Jeb Bush Offers Nuanced Defense of Common Core Education Standards

In his speech Thursday, Bush didn’t address the specific criticisms of the Common Core but instead stressed that the nation needs to raise academic expectations for K-12 students.

“This morning, over 213 million Chinese students went to school and nobody debated over whether academic standards should be lowered to protect their self-esteem,” he said. “Yet in Orange County, Florida, that exact debate did occur. And so the school board voted to make it impossible for a student to receive a grade below a 50. You get 50 out of 100 just for showing up and signing your name. This was done, and I quote here from a local official, so the students ‘do not lose all hope.’ ”