A blog from Jeb Bush’s ed foundation

Jeb Bush’s Foundation for Excellence in Education now has a blog.

The EdFly Blog. launched last week, is written by Mike Thomas, a former Orlando Sentinel columnist. For years, Thomas was one of the few journalists in Florida to report the positive impact of the big ed changes here. Here’s an excerpt from his introductory post today:

The more I learned, the more I understood that reform was not a plot to destroy public schools.

It was a plot to ensure that children who had long been neglected by education bureaucracies finally got a fair shake.

I saw schools I never knew existed on the front page because they received F’s from the state. And then I saw district officials react accordingly, pouring resources into them. A few years later the same schools appeared on the front page again, this time with beaming teachers and students celebrating A’s.

I saw the reading scores of low-income kids trending up and the achievement gap trending down.

From that point on, I could not write enough about the reform movement.

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BY Ron Matus

Ron Matus is director of Research & Special Projects at Step Up for Students and a former editor of redefinED. He joined Step Up in February 2012 after 20 years in journalism, including eight years as an education reporter with the Tampa Bay Times (formerly the St. Petersburg Times).