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May 24, 2016

Jeb Bush Returns to the Foundation for Excellence in Education

After a failed presidential bid, the former Republican Florida governor returns to the foundation, which advocates for high-stakes testing and school choice.

January 22, 2015

Condoleezza Rice Tapped to Lead K-12 Advocacy Group Founded by Jeb Bush

Rice has close ties to Bush's family, having served as secretary of state under Jeb Bush's brother, former President George W. Bush, from 2005 to 2009.

June 10, 2014

Gates Foundation Backs Two-Year Accountability Delay Under Common Core

In a June 10 letter, a senior Gates Foundation official says the philanthropy supports a two-year moratorium on using assessments aligned with the common core to evaluate teachers or promote students.

April 24, 2014

State Ed. Departments Should Scale Back, Involve Outside Groups, Report Says

State education agencies need to delegate more responsibilities to outside groups and slim down in light of past failures, a new report states.

March 24, 2014

Arizona Supreme Court: School-Choice Savings Accounts Can Continue

The highest court in Arizona has declined to review a ruling from a lower court last year that upheld a savings account program using state per-student funding.

November 28, 2012

Indiana's State Schools Chief Reflects on Election Defeat

Bennett spoke with Education Week at the Foundation for Excellence in Education's annual conference, an event organized by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, and shared his thoughts on the loss at the polls, and what the future holds.

November 27, 2012

Jeb Bush Urges Allies to Stand Firm on Ed Policy

By Sean Cavanagh Washington Jeb Bush, whose political aspirations are a favorite source of speculation in this city, urged attendees at an education conference he organized to act as aggressive champions of contentious school policies—regardless of the political fallout. The former Republic...

July 11, 2012

Bill Gates Talks Teacher Evaluation, Common Core at ECS Forum

Microsoft founder Bill Gates stressed the importance of multiple measures in teacher evaluation systems and praised the Common Core State Standards in the keynote speech at the Education Commission of the States' National Forum on Education Policy.

June 04, 2012

Florida's FCAT Responses Include a Stress on Public Relations

The Florida education department rolled out a series of responses to the FCAT scoring controversy last month, including a new parent "call center" and public forums with education commissioner Gerard Robinson. An education advocacy group overseen by former Gov. Jeb Bush also offered the help of a PR firm linked to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

October 10, 2011

Former McCain Adviser Working for Romney on Education

Phil Handy, a former adviser to John McCain's presidential campaign, is helping 2012 White House contender Mitt Romney on education issues.

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