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Member of Jeb Bush's foundation sits on NCLB waiver review panel



After facing some criticism of its opacity, the U.S. Department of Education has released the names of the people who will judge whether states deserve a waiver from No Child Left Behind requirements, Education Week reports.

One of the the reviewers comes from the Foundation for Excellence in Education, former Florida governor Jeb Bush's organization, which is among the biggest proponents nationally for many of the controversial changes in education now under way.

Christy L. Hovanetz, a senior fellow at the foundation, is among 21 policy experts selected to make recommendations about the requests from 11 states including Florida.

Hovanetz has been an assistant education commissioner in Minnesota and an assistant deputy commissioner in Florida before joining the Bush foundation. She joins a varied group, which includes some with state-level education policy experience, some with district experience, some researchers and some think tankers including Kati Haycock and Daria Hall from the Education Trust, which champions bringing education opportunities to all demographic groups.

The USDOE said it released the judges' names before the evaluations to give added integrity to the process. Waiver decisions could come as early as January.

[Last modified: Friday, November 18, 2011 4:19pm]


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