Condoleezza Rice To Lead Education Advocacy Group Founded By Jeb Bush

The former Secretary of State begins a new adventure with the Bush family.

Andrew Ujifusa of Education Week writes:

Condoleezza Rice Tapped to Lead K-12 Advocacy Group Founded by Jeb Bush

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has been picked to be the next leader of the Foundation for Excellence in Education, the influential education advocacy organization founded by former Florida governor and potential presidential candidate Jeb Bush, the Associated Press reported Jan. 22.

Rice has close ties to Bush’s family, having served as secretary of state under Jeb Bush’s brother, former President George W. Bush, from 2005 to 2009. She is currently a professor of politics and a senior fellow at Stanford University. The AP reported it had obtained a letter from Bush to the foundation’s staff introducing Rice as the group’s new leader.

Jeb Bush, who started the Foundation for Excellence in Education in 2008 soon after his eight years as Florida governor ended, has turned the group into one of the most influential education organizations in the nation, lobbying states ranging from Maine to Oklahoma to adopt a broad suite of policies, including A-F accountability and online learning. But at the start of this year, he announced that he was leaving his role as chairman of the foundation in order to explore a run for the White House in 2016.