Tag Archives: Patricia Levesque

Jeb Bush Jumps the Shark By Linking National Security With Education Reform

Somehow you just knew the January announcement that former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice had been appointed chair of Jeb Bush’s Foundation for Excellence in Education meant that Bush would exploit Rice’s national security cred in his POTUS bid. He … Continue reading

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Jeb Bush’s Transparent Evolution on Testing and History of Contempt for Local School Boards

Education policy junkies know that when they hear the words of Patricia Levesque, she is talking for her boss, former Florida governor Jeb Bush. Levesque is Bush’ top policy advisor for his two interchangeable non-profits – Foundation for Florida’s Future … Continue reading

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Patricia Levesque’s Shameful Hypocrisy on School Grades

Perhaps the top policy wonk for Jeb Bush’s education foundations feels she can flex her muscles as her boss is raking in so much cash for a presidential run. Patricia Levesque is back and acting as if every policy must be run … Continue reading

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“No Governor Has Been So Coldly Calculating and Cynical” About Public Schools As Rick Scott

Floridians began learning all they needed to know about Rick Scott’s education policy before he took office. He named three charter school executives to his education transition team which only included one person from a traditional public school setting. He … Continue reading

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Curious Spin From Jeb Bush Camp on Scott’s Signature of Voucher Expansion

Writing in the Foundation for Excellence in Education web site, CEO Patricia Levesque completely ignored the expansion of Florida’s school voucher program and only focused on the portion of the bill which had bipartisan support. Anyone can be for school … Continue reading

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Segregation, Dropping Struggling Students Common in Florida Charter Schools

Diane Ravitch links to a Florida League of Women Voters study which detailed much of what readers of this blog already know  about the slimy, corrupt world of Florida’s charter school industry. Approximately one-third of charters are run by for-profit … Continue reading

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Florida Senate Republicans Ignore Superintendents, Jeb Bush Abandons College Readiness in First Passage of New School Grade Bill

It comes as no surprise the republican-dominated Senate Education Committee didn’t listen to the recommendations of two school superintendents in passing through the new and improved school grade formula. Nor is it any surprise Jeb Bush’s mouthpiece finds it just swell. … Continue reading

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Pam Stewart’s Empty Arguments for the Status Quo

Miami Dade superintendent Alberto Carvalho presented the case to the State Board of Education this week that implementation on Common Core in Florida is best done along with a pause in school grades. “So much has changed as far as … Continue reading

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Gary Chartrand’s Irreconcilable Conflicts of Interest

This week’s report that the Jacksonville Public Education Fund is proposing a new school grade formula marks the second time the think tank founded and financed by chairman of Florida’s board of education, Gary Chartrand,  has flexed it’s muscles. In … Continue reading

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The Disappearing Influence of Jeb Bush and His Foundations on Florida Ed Policy

H/T: Jeff Solochek Pensacola News Journal reporter Rhema Thompson reports on yesterday’s meeting between 30 state’s superintendents of schools and education commissioner Pam Stewart: ….district superintendents are reiterating the need for more time and presenting a list of other recommendations to … Continue reading

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