Tag: Jeb Bush and education reform

Tony Bennett, two other candidates named finalists for Florida education chief

The Florida Board of Education announced its finalists for education commissioner today, with a list of three candidates including Indiana’s outgoing education chief Tony Bennett. Bennett, who gained national acclaim and criticism for pushing Florida-style education reforms in his home state, lost his re-election bid last month. That immediately sparked rumors that the Chiefs[Read More…]

Joel Klein and Condi Rice say parental choice is ‘No. 1’

At Jeb Bush’s National Summit on Education Reform in Washington, D.C. last week, two prominent education reformers from the center-left and the center-right joined to make a remarkable statement about parental choice. Asked from the audience to name their “No. 1 idea” to improve public education, former New York City[Read More…]

Tony Bennett applies to be Florida ed chief

From the Orlando Sentinel School Zone blog this morning: Tony Bennett, Indiana’s outgoing state schools superintendent, has applied to be Florida’s next education commissioner, a spokesman for the Indiana Department of Education said this morning. “After careful consideration, I have decided to submit an application for Florida’s Commissioner of Education position,”[Read More…]

Florida roundup: Test costs, parent protests, the “Florida Formula” & more

Standardized test costs. They total about $1.7 billion a year nationwide, according to a new report from Brookings that includes state-by-state figures. Not much, concludes researcher Matt Chingos, who adds “perhaps we’re spending less than we should.” Coverage from Education Week and Huffington Post. Former Florida education commissioner Gerard Robinson tells the[Read More…]

Florida roundup: Jeb summit, charter schools, per pupil spending & more

More Jeb Bush summit. Checker Finn’s a fan. EdWeek writes up Arne Duncan’s speech. More from Bloomberg, Stateline, the Getting Smart blog. New ed leadership. John Legg, the former state rep and new state senator from Pasco is the new chair of the Senate K-20 Education Policy Committee, reports Gradebook. (The post also includes[Read More…]

Arne Duncan: We’ve reached a critical phase in education reform

The next few years are critical for education reform, with the implementation of higher standards likely to put tremendous pressure on political leaders to abandon course, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Wednesday. “The idea of implementing higher standards, the adoption in 46 states of higher standards, is clearly a[Read More…]

Florida roundup: Education summit, teacher evaluations, grad rates & more

Jeb summit coverage. Education Week: Jeb Bush urges reformers to stay the course. More from ABC News/Univision, Washington Times, National Journal, Herald-Tribune. Bush’s remarks on C-SPAN here. For the most complete summit coverage, check back at redefinED and/or follow us @redefinedonline. Teacher evaluations. Under the new system, the vast majority of[Read More…]