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Group Seeks To Inform, Unite Florida’s Education Activists

A loose-knit network of education activists generally opposed to the direction Florida has been taking its schools recently is attempting to organize into a more potent political force. The groups include parents, people who want more state funding for schools, and others who are fed up with the brand of testing-based school accountability that Florida […]

Explaining The Differences Between 501(c)3 And 501(c)4 Non-Profits

A band of activists is trying to organize Florida education groups toward a common purpose. To do so they are forming two non-profit groups, one a 501(c)3 and the other a 501(c)4. What does that mean? Under Internal Revenue Service rules, a 501(c)3 is a non-profit for religious, charitable or educational purposes. These types of […]

ALEC Report Card Says Florida Is A Leader In Education Progress And Reforms

Florida is the teacher’s pet in the American Legislative Exchange Council’s (ALEC) latest Report Card on American Education. The report ranks state K-12 performance, progress, and reform. Florida comes in 12th in the most recent rankings, but it’s one of the leaders in making progress. Florida is also tied for first overall in policy – […]

Education Foundation Blogger Defends Jeb Bush’s Record

Remember that Reuters story last week which took a longer look at claims that Florida schools have improved under former Gov. Jeb Bush’s leadership? A blogger for the Foundation for Excellence in Education — one of two foundations Bush started to support his education agenda — has responded. Mike Thomas counts the Reuters piece among […]

Florida Education Foundation Hosting Two-Day Summit in D.C.

The Foundation for Excellence in Education’s annual conference starting this morning in Washington, D.C. The agenda hits most of the main policies former Gov. Jeb Bush has supported: How to make teachers more effective; school district accountability; charter school accountability; the parent trigger and funding; and what to expect from new Common Core assessments. The […]

Walton Foundation Funding Florida Education Groups

The Foundation for Excellence in Education received $1.55 million from the Walton Family Foundation in 2011, according to a rundown on the Washington Post’s Answer Sheet blog. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush started the Foundation for Excellence in Education to push new education policies — some of which were pioneered in Florida during Bush’s two […]

A StateImpact Florida Series: Do Charter Schools Work?

For 15 years Florida has conducted an experiment in public education. The goal was to improve the entire education system by granting charter schools more leeway to innovate. Welcome to StateImpact Florida’s Charter Schools 101 series examining the effect those schools have had on students, teachers, parents and communities — and what comes next. One […]

Jeb Bush Offers a Solution in No Child Left Behind Dispute: Look at Florida

Congress needs to reauthorize federal No Child Left Behind education standards, but President Barack Obama is growing tired of waiting. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said a month ago that the agency planned to issue waivers to exempt some states from NCLB requirements as many states claim a high percentage of their schools will fail […]

N.M. Lawmakers Question Education Candidate’s Ties to Florida Reform Group

New Mexico Democrats are skeptical of Hanna Skandera, candidate for the state’s top education post, and her ties to the Foundation For Excellence in Education founded by former Florida Republican Gov. Jeb Bush, according to the Albuquerque Journal. Several legislators were concerned Jeb Bush’s Foundation for Excellence in Education has too much influence. “It sounds […]

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