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Jeb Bush ed reform group accused of abusing non-profit status to help corporations

Wednesday night, the House and Senate passed a deal ending the government shutdown, raising the debt ceiling - and extending legislation that broadened the federal definition of “highly qualified teachers” to cover those in programs like Teach for America. That barely-noticed inclusion was the latest coup for the bipartisan, corporate-backed education reform agenda pushed by groups including Jeb Bush’s Foundation for Excellence in Education – which now faces an IRS complaint brought by opponents on the left.

In a Tuesday letter to the IRS’ acting commissioner, ProgressNow New Mexico alleged that FEE “has failed to disclose payments—or as the Foundation calls them, scholarships—for public official travel on its Form 990s as required by the IRS.” ProgressNow Executive Director Patrick Davis argued that “it is possible these unreported payments to the government officials may be deemed to provide a private inurement in violation of IRS regulations.”

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