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Florida school superintendents bolster ranks of Chiefs for Change



Hoping to influence the path of education reform, Jeb Bush's Foundation for Excellence in Education created Chiefs for Change in late 2010. State-level education leaders, including Florida's then-commissioner Eric Smith, led the charge.

About a year ago, the group became independent, and began focusing on the efforts of local district leaders, as well. Even so, the initiative didn't stray far from Florida and its efforts.

Today, As Politico Morning Education reported, the group announced six new members, half of whom are Florida superintendents -- Barbara Jenkins of Orange County, Robert Avossa of Palm Beach County, and Desmond Blackburn of Brevard County. 

Notably, Jenkins led the Florida Association of District School Superintendents as it declared its lack of confidence in Florida's accountability system. Blackburn, meanwhile, has become a hero to parents who oppose high stakes testing with his high profile actions to dramatically reduce local testing in his district. Avossa lately has been working to cut district costs and pour more money into low-income schools.

Bush always said that education reform was an evolutionary process. This new face of the chiefs promoting change looks to take that goal seriously.

[Last modified: Tuesday, March 22, 2016 10:36am]


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