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Foundation head: Opposition group engages in unfounded character attacks

BY PATRICIA LEVESQUE Published: February 23, 2013

Regarding “Florida foundation's influence expands” (Tulsa World, Feb. 10): It's no surprise that In the Public Interest, a union-backed group, opposes the views and reform agenda of the Foundation for Excellence in Education (ExcelinEd). The group has made numerous allegations against ExcelinEd, based on e-mail exchanges that it distorted and misinterpreted to advance its political agenda.

It is said that success is not measured by what you accomplish, but by the opposition you encounter. Over the past 15 years, education reform has grown from a small, conservative movement to a national, bipartisan priority. Realizing the dire state of today's education system, parents, teachers, community leaders, businesses and policy organizations from both sides of the aisle have come together with the goal of improving education for all students.

States that have implemented bold reforms, like Oklahoma, are seeing more students reading at grade level, more high school graduates ready for college or careers, added transparency and accountability among schools, and a teaching profession that's on its way to becoming a more respected vocation through higher standards and expectations. The triumphs of a reform movement of this magnitude threaten the status quo and those who support the outdated, factory-model education system of the past.

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