Proud to be a Jebbie
After Cheri Yecke announced her resignation as Florida's K-12 chancellor, several critics cheered her departure as the end of an era - the Jeb Bush era - in education accountability. Yecke, who's no stranger to criticism, said she doesn't see the system or her admiration for Jeb going away any time soon.
I am proud to be associated with Jeb Bush. He really was the education governor who made some bold and dramatic changes. He is the reason I left Minnesota and came to Florida. The opportunity to work for Jeb Bush, how could you pass that up? You have to consider from outside the state of Florida what the perspective is. That is he is the person who had the courage and the boldness to make some dramatic changes. And you know what? When you're a leader like that, you're not going to make everyone happy. You're going to make some waves. Certainly I'm aware of that from Minnesota. So I very proudly am a person who worked under Jeb Bush and I wouldn't change that for the world.
For more of Yecke's views on Florida education and her role in it, visit the Gradebook at noon Saturday.