Diane Ravitch responded to Jeb Bush’s speech at the Republican National Convention. Jeb compared public education to shopping for milk. Here is Ravitch’s blog response:
Jeb’s connections to online ed for profit are well known in FL. See the link below for further details. When folks listened to him speak at the RNC and asked, ‘GotJeb?’ … We Floridians answered, ‘Yup… we have had Jeb for years. Believe me, that milk spoiled long ago.’ #EXPIRED
From the article: “Ron Packard, K12 Inc.’s CEO made $5 million this year. He is a member of Jeb Bush’s Digital Learning Council. There are some other familiar names on Bush’s DLC that readers of this blog will recognize such as Patricia Levesque, then Virginia school boss Gerard Robinson and Florida state Sen. Aniteres Flores. Also on the list are Florida Virtual School’s Julie Young.
The associations are not illegal or unethical. But they are associations that occur repeatedly and represent a pattern. Even casual observers of Florida’s education policy battles knows about the close relationship between Levesque and Bush, but probably didn’t know that the organizations they front receive financial support from corporations like K12 Inc. who benefit from their efforts.”