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ERIC Number: EJ913027
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jan-12
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0277-4232
Jeb Bush's Impact Felt on K-12 Policy
Cavanagh, Sean
Education Week, v30 n15 p1, 24-25 Jan 2011
Jeb Bush left the Florida governor's office in 2007 with a legacy of having brought sweeping changes to his state's education system, through hard-edged policies that gave parents and students more choices and demanded more of schools. Today, that legacy seems poised to grow--and well beyond Florida. In state capitals across the country, numerous lawmakers and officeholders say they are determined to follow the ambitious, and often polarizing, education blueprint fashioned by Mr. Bush, a Republican, during his two terms as Florida's governor. Many conservatives specifically cite Mr. Bush, who chairs a foundation that seeks to explain and expand his Florida model, as the intellectual architect of policies to support vouchers and charter schools, improved and more aggressive testing, and school grading systems, which they hope to replicate. As the brother of the nation's 43rd president and the son of its 41st, Mr. Bush draws attention for reasons that have nothing to do with his record governing the nation's fourth-most-populous state. Since his second and final term as governor ended four years ago, Mr. Bush has shown less appetite for the national spotlight than for the intricacies of education policy. Not long after leaving office, he launched the Foundation for Excellence in Education, based in Tallahassee, Florida. It lists as one of its main goals helping governors, legislators, and others pursue policy changes in areas such as improving the use of data, teacher effectiveness, and school choice. He also chairs another group, the Foundation for Florida's Future, which focuses on education issues in his home state, specifically.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Florida; Indiana; Louisiana; Oklahoma; Utah