Jeb Bush talks education at Bay Center

Jeb Bush address the crowd at the Pensacola Bay Center Photo by Cassie Rhame


Jeb Bush address the crowd at the Pensacola Bay Center
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real viagra online Staff Writer Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush visited the Pensacola Bay Center on Wednesday, where his distinctive education reform policies were heard by University of West Florida students in attendance.

prescription drugs like viagra The elder Bush brother has been heavily criticized by members of the Republican Party for his static stance on the Common Core policy for education. “I am a fan of higher standards,” said Bush during the event.“Only one-third of our kids are college-ready.” He made clear he will not be dropping his value for the Common Core system, and said he feels it will better prepare young adults for college. “I am not a fan of Jeb, but I do like that he sticks to what he believes with this as opposed to what the party wants,” said UWF junior theatre major Logan Rausch after the speech.

It was not long into the question-and-answer portion of Jeb’s discussion that the air turned slightly stiff as a young man spoke up about the 48 percent increase in college tuition during Bush’s term as governor of Florida. “We measure full-time equivalent students at 12 credit hours now instead of 15. Students are graduating with four-year degrees in six years,” said Bush.

Bush did not admit that the increase was legitimate in its accuracy, making a joke about the numbers being pulled from the sky. He did claim that the issue fell within these universities not having high enough standards for graduating on time, causing higher debt.

There was robust applause after his talk on the accountability of universities, but not everyone agreed Bush’s method was a fair one. “I think he is focusing on an all-too traditional concept,” said Rausch. “He is not considering students who are unable to take 15 credit hours.”

Several students in attendance were in disagreement with Bush, claiming that credit hours were not a valid excuse for tuition increases.

“I agree with his talk on young people needing to be better educated on what degree they are choosing, but I do think there are other ways to stop tuition from increasing,” said Hayley Bennett, a recent transfer student from UWF who attended the event.

Like Bennett, students agreed with Bush’s plans of education encouragement and the use of mentors. Bush was adamant about increasing students’ ability to graduate in four years.

UWF’s College Republicans had a few members in attendance, which is where acceptance of Bush’s education reform was strongest.

“While I support all Republican candidates, Jeb stands out from the other candidates with his education policy,” said Tyler Ward, President of the College Republicans. “I think programs that he supports, like the Tennessee Promise, are great and encouraging students to stay in school while not be overwhelmed with debt.”

While most agreed with Bush’s discussion of mentoring and educating students on what the income level for their major would be, skepticism remained when asked if Bush’s victory in the election would positively impact our University’s tuition rates.

“He can talk all he wants about his plans to save students from college debt, but I think that the 48 percent increase in tuition during his term as governor proves what the reality would be,” said Rausch.