How Come Jeb Bush’s Foundation No Longer Lists Pearson As a Donor?


UPDATE: Link to old Bush donor list that included Pearson Foundation  here.

This blog has made lots of hay over the fact that Pearson was one of the financiers of Jeb Bush’s Foundation for Excellence in Education. An October 9, 2011 post titled The Corporate Cash Which Fuels Jeb Bush’s Empire remains one of the most viewed posts on the blog. For some reason, Pearson is no longer recognized as a donor on the website.

How come?

This is a recent change. Perhaps it’s because Pearson and its big Florida contract for FCAT and high school end-of-course exams have become toxic. When asked about criticism, Bush told StateImpact reporter John O’Connor in May he “really doesn’t care.” Apparently he cares about which corporations  he’s closely associated with.

Bush’s foundation has essentially been serving as a rainmaker for Pearson in lobbying for test-based legislation across the nation. They’ll receive close to $1 billion of taxpayer money from just two states-Florida and Texas.  Removing them from his website is intentionally deceptive and a transparent attempt to maintain his image.

About Bob Sikes

A long time ago and a planet far, far away I was an athletic trainer for the New York Mets. I was blessed to be part of the now legendary 1986 World Series Championship. My late father told me that I'd one day be thankful I had that degree in teaching from Florida State University. He was right and I became twice blesses to become a teacher in the late 1990's. After dabbling with writing about the Mets and then politics, I settled on education.
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