Patricia Levesque

Chief Executive Officer at Foundation for Excellence in Education, Inc.

Patricia Levesque

Patricia Levesque

Chief Executive Officer at Foundation for Excellence in Education, Inc.

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Patricia Levesque is the CEO of the Foundation for Excellence in Education and the Executive Director of the Foundation for Florida’s Future, non-profit public policy organizations founded by former Florida Governor Jeb Bush to improve the quality of education in Florida and across the nation for all students. She is also the managing partner of Meridian Strategies, LLC, a governmental consulting firm in Tallahassee, Florida.

Beginning in October 2003, Levesque served as Governor Jeb Bush’s Deputy Chief of Staff for education, general government services, business and professional regulation, elder affairs, veteran’s affairs, workforce, lottery, and juvenile justice. She joined Governor Bush’s staff in October 2002 as the Education Policy Coordinator in the Office of Policy and Budget. Previously, she served six years in the Florida Legislature in the Speakers Office and as staff director over education policy.

Levesque serves on the boards of the Policy Innovators in Education-Network (PIE-Network), the Florida Charter School Alliance, and the Leroy Collins Institute. She has previously served on the Florida Taxation and Budget Reform Commission as well as the Government Efficiency Task Force, appointed by Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio.

Levesque received her Master’s in Business Administration from the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College in 1995. She graduated with honors with a bachelor’s degree in Financial Management from Bob Jones University in 1992. She is married to George Levesque, and they have a son, Luke and a daughter, Isabella.

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Foundation for Florida's Future
Foundation for Excellence in Education, Inc.

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Former Governor of West Virginia

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President & Co-Founder at CAUSA

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Former Chief Executive Officer & Director at Amplify Education, Inc.

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Founding Partner at The Rice Hadley Group LLC

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Secretary of Education at United States Department of Education

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The Aspen Global Leadership Network (AGLN) is comprised of highly successful entrepreneurial leaders with a focus on values and sights on creating a better society. In being a part of a global network with access to some of the most talented like-minded individuals around the world and the support of the Aspen Institute, these leaders are able to help each other to become more deliberate and impactful in their efforts to make their communities, societies, and the world a better place.

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Chief Executive Officer
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Foundation for Excellence in Education In the past 15 years, school reform has grown from a small, conservative movement to a bi-partisan, national priority. Many organizations now play a key role in furthering reform. Some promote individual policies, such as school choice. Others create a demand for change through public awareness. Founded by former Governor Jeb Bush in 2008, the Foundation for Excellence in Education’s (Excel in Ed) unique contribution is working with decision makers on developing, adopting and implementing reform policies. We are a hands-on, how-to organization that provides model legislation, rule-making expertise, implementation strategies, and public outreach. Our staff has years of experience working with state and local governments, legislative bodies, in the classroom, and with the media. This website supports our mission. We are building a one-stop shop for those working to reform education. It includes a depository of policies from all 50 states, model legislation, research papers, academic data, and media reports. This site will be a constant work in progress as we continually update our content with the latest in education reform. The following list briefly describes our current content areas: Mission & History: An introduction to our mission, our history, our staff, job opportunities and contact information. Reform Agenda: The policies the Foundation advocates for to transform American education to a high-quality, student-centered system. State of Reform: A breakdown of reforms passed by each state. Users can select reforms from other states they would like to adopt, and store them in a personalized “Reformer Toolbox.” Policy Library: A depository for model legislation, academic research, reports, videos and position papers. We also include short profiles of the nation’s leading reformers. Reformer Toolbox: A personalized toolbox to help you set up your own legislative agenda that you can add to with resources to aid policy development, advocacy and implementation. Newsroom: The latest in education and reform news from around the country from our EdFlyBlog and EdFly web sites, as well as Foundation announcements and news. Student Achievement: A simple and quick way to compare academic progress in the states, using test scores from the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP). About Us Mission & History Team Reform Agenda Contact Meet Our Donors Donate View the map Support the reform movement. Click here to learn more » Excellence in Action

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Prior

Step Up For Students was created to help alleviate the enormous educational challenges faced by children in Florida who live in or near poverty. The program provides Tax Credit Scholarships to students in K-12 who come from low-income families. These scholarships allow the students to consider a participating private school or an out-of-district public school that may better suit their individual needs, an option which already is available to families of greater financial means. This choice is not based on whether the public school is judged as succeeding or failing. Rather, it recognizes that different children learn in different ways and that our collective struggle is to help the students who often are at the greatest disadvantage in modern education.

Executive Director
Prior

Foundation for Excellence in Education In the past 15 years, school reform has grown from a small, conservative movement to a bi-partisan, national priority. Many organizations now play a key role in furthering reform. Some promote individual policies, such as school choice. Others create a demand for change through public awareness. Founded by former Governor Jeb Bush in 2008, the Foundation for Excellence in Education’s (Excel in Ed) unique contribution is working with decision makers on developing, adopting and implementing reform policies. We are a hands-on, how-to organization that provides model legislation, rule-making expertise, implementation strategies, and public outreach. Our staff has years of experience working with state and local governments, legislative bodies, in the classroom, and with the media. This website supports our mission. We are building a one-stop shop for those working to reform education. It includes a depository of policies from all 50 states, model legislation, research papers, academic data, and media reports. This site will be a constant work in progress as we continually update our content with the latest in education reform. The following list briefly describes our current content areas: Mission & History: An introduction to our mission, our history, our staff, job opportunities and contact information. Reform Agenda: The policies the Foundation advocates for to transform American education to a high-quality, student-centered system. State of Reform: A breakdown of reforms passed by each state. Users can select reforms from other states they would like to adopt, and store them in a personalized “Reformer Toolbox.” Policy Library: A depository for model legislation, academic research, reports, videos and position papers. We also include short profiles of the nation’s leading reformers. Reformer Toolbox: A personalized toolbox to help you set up your own legislative agenda that you can add to with resources to aid policy development, advocacy and implementation. Newsroom: The latest in education and reform news from around the country from our EdFlyBlog and EdFly web sites, as well as Foundation announcements and news. Student Achievement: A simple and quick way to compare academic progress in the states, using test scores from the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP). About Us Mission & History Team Reform Agenda Contact Meet Our Donors Donate View the map Support the reform movement. Click here to learn more » Excellence in Action

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