Jeb's claim that student performance not affected by class size refuted by NEA president
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08/27/10 Seán Kinane
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Dennis Van Roekel, president of the National Education Association.


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In 2002, then-Florida Gov. Jeb Bush was caught admitting he had “devious plans” to overturn the class size amendment that voters added to the state constitution that year. In Utah on Tuesday, Bush told officials he didn’t know of any research suggesting that lower class sizes impacts student learning. But the president of the National Education Association, Dennis Van Roekel begs to differ.

We spoke with him yesterday when he was in Tampa for a town-hall meeting with teachers. We began the second half of this interview by asking whether there’s too much testing involved in the Obama administration’s Race to the Top competitive grants.

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