Edwatch: Foundation for Excellence InEducation
|Organization Name:||Foundation for Excellence InEducation|
|Company Line:||Our Mission To ignite a movement of reform state by state to transform education for the 21st century. Our Vision An education system that maximizes every student’s potential for learning and prepares all students for success in the 21st century.|
|Bottom Line:||Jeb Bush's education nonprofit. This is not a typo. The legal name of the organization is Foundation for Excellence InEducation. Signature initiatives include testing, testing, testing, labeling schools, deprofessionalizing teaching, and cutting funding for education.
"Aptly named FEE, Bush's group is backed by many of the same for-profit school corporations that have funded ALEC and vote as equals with its legislators on templates to change laws governing America's public schools. FEE is also bankrolled by many of the same hard-right foundations bent on privatizing public schools that have funded ALEC. And, they have pushed many of the same changes to the law, which benefit their corporate benefactors and satisfy the free market fundamentalism of the billionaires whose tax-deductible charities underwrite the agenda of these two groups." Center for Media and Democracy's PR Watch, 11/2012.
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|Major Donors:||State Farm Insurance , Connections Academy, Pearson , K12, DeVos Foundation, Richard And Helen, Bradley Foundation, Lynde And Harry, Walton Family Foundation, Bill And Melinda Gates Foundation|
|Where the Money Goes|
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This week in Washington, DC, Jeb Bush's "Foundation for Excellence in Education" (FEE) is meeting just five blocks away from the post-election conference of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the controversial corporate bill mill working on profitizing public education among other legislative changes, but the ties between the two groups are even closer.
Me thinks thou doest protest too much, Mr. FEE CEO.
"Sherman Dorn, a professor of education at the University of South Florida, says some of Bush's policies as governor, such as an intense focus on teaching reading, made a real difference to Florida students. "It's pretty clear Governor Bush should get credit for giving a damn," he said. But by teaming with for-profit corporations to push cyber-schools, which have produced dismally low test scores in many states, Bush is "throwing away whatever credibility he had coming out of Florida," Dorn said."
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will deliver remarks at the Foundation for Excellence in Education’s Reform Summit at 8:30 a.m. ET on Wednesday, Nov. 28 at the JW Marriott Hotel in Washington, D.C.