Foundation Mission Unaffected by Biased Attempts to Discredit
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Foundation for Excellence in Education (ExcelinEd) Chief Executive Officer Patricia Levesque shared the following statement on Progress Florida’s recent report entitled ALEC v. Kids:
“Progress Florida is attempting to create a sense of impropriety where none exists. We at ExcelinEd believe every child can learn when kids become the focus of education. We advocate for data-backed, proven reforms and innovative ideas. The proof is in student learning results. Period. And that should be the metric for determining good public policy.
“These policies cannot be done in a vacuum, which is why we proudly work with lawmakers, policymakers, researchers, experts, innovators, educators, parents and more to learn from each other. It is no secret we’re committed to expanding school choice and work tirelessly with state leaders to accomplish that. We want traditional public schools to win over parents by advancing student achievement, not by eliminating the competition. But ExcelinEd does not advocate for any particular company or program, and there is no evidence of ExcelinEd advancing the private interests of its donors or partners.
“By all means, organizations should be scrutinized. But we won’t allow biased attempts to discredit our organization to derail our mission.”