George P. Bush, a Fort Worth Republican running for Texas land commissioner in 2014, wrote on Twitter that “60 percent of Texas 8th graders are not proficient in math. Only 26% have a teacher with a undergraduate major in math.”
We were curious about both of his claims, but also wondered why a land commissioner hopeful would zero in on middle-school math. Bush spokesman Trey Newton pointed out that the commissioner manages state lands, which generate school revenue. Also, he said, Bush is a former schoolteacher who has helped local charter schools.
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George P. Bush
Statement: “60 percent of Texas 8th graders are not proficient in math.” He also said only 26 percent have a teacher with a undergraduate major in math.”