Analysis of Education Policies of Florida

Education is the key to success, and is a human right. The developed countries are at their advanced state of development because of education. Since the scientific revolution, the less educated have been considered by some societies as failures in life. Several countries have legislated education as among the top priority agenda. To add to the weight, the United Nations Millennium Development Goals emphasize on the eradication of illiteracy by the year 2015.

The three major states in America, California, Texas and Florida have educational policies geared to benefit all their populations. The differences in their respective policies and the influence of the party in power are however notable. For instance, under the governorship of Jeb Bush in Florida, privatization of schools was his chief agenda as opposed to reduce class sizes of public schools, the same policy that Senator McCain is advocating. Comparative Analysis of Education Policies of Florida, Texas and California

Education is said to be a key to a good life. Ignorance is the most expensive and the most risky venture one can think of in terms of investing in it. Through good education one is able to critically look at life in anticipation to making it better. Education is intended to develop a critical mind within individuals, and to socialize the individual to a good life. The year1996 was an awakening year in the United States over the admission procedure for freshmen into public universities.

The m three major states of Florida, Texas and California amended their admission procedures to allow for equity in admission unlike earlier where the admission was racially biased. Worth noting is the Hopwood v. Texas ruling in the Fifth U. S. Circuit Court of Appeals in 1996 that it is unconstitutional to use racial discrimination in the process of admission in Texas public colleges and universities. The state of California also adopted Proposition 209, thus amending the state constitution against racial, gender or ethnic discrimination in admissions.

In 1999, Florida joined California and Texas by rescinding affirmative action as a policy in state university admissions. At the time, three of the largest states had abolished the discriminative policy, and thus was a milestone in the American education system. New York was the only major state that did not adopt the new policy. The then Governor George Bush of Texas adopted a policy that the top ten students should be at liberty to chose which universities to attend after secondary education. This was a fair way, to some analysts as it encouraged diversity in the colleges.

Advantageous also was the fact that the need for the freedom to choose the institution to attend is a challenge for the students to put in more effort. It is an incentive to extra hard work. A similar policy was adopted by Jeb Bush of Florida, with some differences. The Florida case had the top 20 students, the “talented twenty program,” regardless of their standardized test scores. The policy had however major ramifications for the black Americans. This is partly due to the fact that most of those who qualified in the new rule of 4% were equally eligible under the earlier criteria.