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No Child Left Behind: the Bush family cashes in too

Saturday, January 08, 2005


Neil Bush has a colorful history, including failed S&Ls, insider stock trading scandals, and well, general Bush family corruption.

We already know that Armstrong Williams received a handsome payday from the taxpayer for pimping No Child Left Behind for Bush, but House Blend reader Ms. Julien in Miami pointed out that the Bush family (it turns out Neil) benefits directly from No Child Left Behind. We went digging and collected a bit of info that is quite interesting.

Neil Bush founded Ignite Incorporated, a software company that helps students prepare to take comprehensive tests required under the No Child Left Behind act. A phone call to Ignite's toll free number (1.866.464.4648, ext 113) with a search for a company directory by name for Neil Bush gets his extension, so it's still his baby with the dough rolling in.

Here's a little more info on Neil's profiteering down in Florida: Governor's Brother Marketing School Software (FlaNews.com):
Some politicians are questioning whether Governor Jeb Bush's brother Neil is trying to use the FCAT to make a buck. Neil Bush founded a company that provides software to help students take standardized tests. Critics say it doesn't look right for Neil Bush to be marketing his software to Florida schools.

Ignite, Incorporated makes computer software to help children prepare for standardized tests like florida's FCAT. Students at an Orlando-area middle school are using the software as part of a pilot program. Founder Neil Bush is the brother of Governor Jeb and President George Bush.

The arrangements is raising eyebrows at the state Democratic Party. Spokesman Ryan Banfill says having one brother selling something to help students on a test spearheaded by another brother and sanctioned by the president doesn't look good. "We think that there's an appearance of impropriety here," Banfill said. "We think that in the name of all that's good and ethical, that maybe Neil Bush should step back and not try to make money off of Florida's FCAT."



Here's a little more info on Neil's profiteering down in Florida. This was back in 2002, probably long before Armstrong Williams got to belly up to the taxpayer's bar: Governor's Brother Marketing School Software (FlaNews.com):
Some politicians are questioning whether Governor Jeb Bush's brother Neil is trying to use the FCAT to make a buck. Neil Bush founded a company that provides software to help students take standardized tests. Critics say it doesn't look right for Neil Bush to be marketing his software to Florida schools.

Ignite, Incorporated makes computer software to help children prepare for standardized tests like florida's FCAT. Students at an Orlando-area middle school are using the software as part of a pilot program. Founder Neil Bush is the brother of Governor Jeb and President George Bush.

The arrangements is raising eyebrows at the state Democratic Party. Spokesman Ryan Banfill says having one brother selling something to help students on a test spearheaded by another brother and sanctioned by the president doesn't look good. "We think that there's an appearance of impropriety here," Banfill said. "We think that in the name of all that's good and ethical, that maybe Neil Bush should step back and not try to make money off of Florida's FCAT."

Ignite wanted 30 dollars-per-year-per-student for its software for this deal, netting 60 million dollars.

Check out Ignite's News Page to see how kids all over the country are "benefiting" from its programs as Neil carries bags of cash to the bank.
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9 Comments:
  • Ugh, disgusting!

    Ms. Julien in Miami rules. :-)

    By Shakespeare's Sister, at 1:04 PM  
  • Good post. What's Jeb doing to rip off the government?

    By Anonymous, at 4:50 PM  
  • Head over to this article, "Influence and bailouts a business tradition in Bush family" from the St Pete Times for dealings of the Bush brothers:

    http://www.sptimes.com/News/102900/Business/Influence_and_bailout.shtml

    By Pam, at 5:29 PM  
  • Great catch Ms. Spaulding!

    Only trouble is, now that Paul 'What me Gucci?' Celluci is going home to make a killing in the softwood lumber racket we up here in Canuckistan are a little worried that the mini-Shrub may be shipped up here to hide behind a little ambassadorial hotel door opening in the middle of the night action.

    By Gazetteer, at 1:20 AM  
  • Amazing. How bad are you when you are the bottom-feeder of that family? Imagine if the Clintons had a comparable situation, a relative cashing-in. Oh, the righteous gnashing of dentines on that!

    By Pat, at 12:11 PM  
  • As the Bush family, they can't leave their little child, Neil, behind either. Neil has not figured out how to rip off the public directly so he uses savings and loans and the other members of the Bush crime family to support him.

    This along with Mr. William's story would be in 2 inch type on the front page of every conservative newspaper in the country if this was Bill Clinton and family. My local newspaper had Mr. William's story on page A 6 under "Briefs". And believe me it was brief.

    Remember the Republican slogan: Do as I say, not as I do.

    By Anonymous, at 1:43 PM  
  • The Neil Bush aspect of NCLB is really not being discussed. It made the recommended diaries over at Daily Kos (No Child Left Behind: Neil Bush cashes in too), but not the front page, which is strange considering the ramifications of this and the number of recommendations. Aside from The Raw Story site, which featured this blog's coverage, I haven't seen too much in the "mainstream" blogosphere either. Folks are right, if the Clinton's had been caught doing this (and blogs existed as they do today), this would have exploded. Sigh.

    By Pam, at 2:02 PM  
  • Maybe they should just rename the act to what it really is "No Bush child left behind".

    By Anonymous, at 2:41 PM  
  • Let's not be to hard on the Bush family. If they didn't peddle influence and trade with their cronies, how would they ever keep up their lifestyles?

    You gotta have some feeling for these poor refugees from Connecticut, scraping out a living in Texas...

    By Jon Koppenhoefer, at 12:51 AM  

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