Soon after leaving office in 2007, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush launched the Foundation for Excellence in Education to "ignite a movement of reform, state by state," Reuters reports. A close examination of the foundation's work, including a review of thousands of pages of email, shows the staff of two dozen has worked aggressively - if not always with immediate success - to shape public policy. Last fall the foundation flew Education Commissioner Stephen Bowen and other state schools chiefs to San Francisco for a three-day policy summit on topics ranging from online learning to teacher tenure. When he returned,...
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