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The education foundation started by former Gov. Jeb Bush has released a list of donors.
This week, the education advocacy group started by former Gov. Jeb Bush released a detailed list of donors for the first time. The Foundation for Excellence in Education posted the list on its website.
The Foundation for Excellence in Education conducts research and advocates for states to adopt education policies, including expanding school choice, measuring student, teacher and school progress and adopting the Common Core math and language arts standards. The group has raised $46 million since 2007.
The donor list does not reveal exact amounts, but lists each gift within a range — such as from $10,000 to $25,000. Gifts of more than $1 million did not have an upper range. More than 180 donors have given to the group.
Foundations were the biggest givers, with the Walton Family Foundation donating between $3.5 million and more than $6 million. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation gave between $3 million and more than $5 million over five years.
Education companies were also frequent donors. That includes: testing and publishing companies like Pearson, McGraw-Hill and Scholastic; technology companies such as K12 and News Corporation — which owns Amplify; and charter school management companies like Academica and Charter Schools USA.
The donor list follows Bush releasing three decades worth of tax records, part of revealing the details of his personal and business life as he seeks the Republican nomination for president. While the Foundation for Excellence in Education released its donor list, a related Florida-based group, the Foundation for Florida’s Future, has not released its donors so far.
Check out our database of Foundation for Excellence in Education donors below. Click on any of the columns to sort:
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Florida State University physics professor Paul Cottle.
While Florida’s Bright Futures scholarships no longer pay the entire tuition bill at the state’s public universities as they once did, they are still a valuable source of financial support for thousands of students.
Recent increases in the minimum scores on SAT and ACT college entrance exams required for Bright Futures eligibility have sparked some discussion and an investigation – now closed – by the Office of Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education.
But aside from the test score requirements, the only high school courses required for Bright Futures eligibility are those required for high school graduation. In math, that means that only Algebra 1 and Geometry are presently required to earn a Bright Futures scholarship.
The conventional wisdom among education policy-makers and scholars has been that Algebra 2 is the high school math course that makes a student “college-ready,” and by that standard the math course requirement for Bright Futures falls short.
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has disclosed donors to the education-focused non-profit for the first time. It’s part of Bush coming clean with tax returns and other records as part of his presidential campaign.
Colleges around the country are preparing for the possibility of changing their race-based admissions policies. The United States Supreme Court has agreed to reconsider a challenge to affirmative action at the University of Texas at Austin that could mandate such changes.
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Enterprise Avenue contains the banking, shopping and dining destinations for students visiting Enterprise Village.
The first time some students learn about finances is during a high school economics class. Others learn by trial and error, but one program in the Tampa Bay area already has a history of helping students get an early start on making sense of their finances.
Here in central Pinellas County, just like any community in America, it’s early morning and everyone is beginning to show up for work.
Buses are unloading and students are heading to businesses like Verizon, Duke Energy and CVS Pharmacy which are getting ready to open.
But here on Enterprise Avenue all of these businesses are being run by fifth graders.
The students line up and shuffle their way impatiently into a building where the inside looks like a cross between a small town Main Street and a shopping mall. There’s a city hall decorated with patriotic bunting at one end and the local newspaper office at the other.
This is all part of Enterprise Village, a self-contained small town. It’s where elementary students get first-hand experience as business owners, employees and consumers.
Gov. Rick Scott’s veto of $3 million to study school technology may prevent the state from spending $60 million set aside in the budget for technology.
One study says there are at least 188 public and charter schools named for Confederate leaders. Florida has already recently grappled with controversy over the name of one public high school. Now there is a growing chorus of those who wish to rename them nationwide.
Seeking to prevent head off poor performing schools expanding from one district to another, the State Board of Education took measures to require applicants of new charter schools to disclose past problems on new application forms.
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Gov. Rick Scott issued a record amount of budget vetoes Tuesday, including many education projects.
Gov. Rick Scott’s budget veto list broke records Tuesday, and education projects weren’t spared despite Scott’s emphasis on K-12 funding this year.
In total, Scott vetoed $461.4 million from the now $78.7 billion spending plan. Scott signed the plan in private Tuesday and the budget takes effect July 1.
Among the largest items Scott trimmed was $15 million for the University of Central Florida to build a campus in downtown Orlando. Many of the education cuts were for new campus buildings or renovations: $8 million to renovate Norman Hall at the University of Florida; $5 million to buy land for Florida International University; $3 million to treat mold at FIU; $3 million for a new southern campus for Hillsborough Community College.
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