President Obama, left, and Jeb Bush shake hands, with Arne Duncan in the background, in 2011. (AP)

When Jeb Bush was governor of Florida from 1999 to 2007, he became a pioneer in the corporate education reform movement that centered on using standardized test scores as the chief metric of “accountability” for schools and the privatization of public education. His “Florida Formula” became a model for other states — and Bush was praised as a “champion” of education by none other than President Obama.

In 2011, Obama shared a stage with Bush at a Miami high school and said this about Bush:

“We are also honored to be joined here today by another champion of education reform, somebody who championed reform when he was in office, somebody who is now championing reform as a private citizen — Jeb Bush. (Applause.) And we are grateful — we’re grateful for him being here. Aside from being a former governor of this great state, Jeb, of course is best known as the brother of Marvin Bush. (Laughter.) Apparently the rest of the family also did some work back in Washington back in the day. (Laughter.) The truth is I’ve gotten to know Jeb because his family exemplifies public service. And we are so grateful to him for the work that he’s doing on behalf of education. So, thank you, Jeb.”

When Bush left office in 2007, he continued his reform evangelism by creating the Foundation for Excellence in Education, which promotes school reform and hosts a national school reform “summit” every year that brings together like-minded reformers from the worlds of business and policymaking. Last year, when Bush was getting ready to jump into the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice (who served in his brother, George W. Bush’s administration)  took over leadership of the foundation.

Who supports his foundation? The 2015 list (see below) represents many of the big foundations and companies that support corporate school reform, including Pearson and the Walton and Broad foundations. The College Board donated in 2015, and the Educational Testing Service has donated in past years.

One interesting donor is the foundation of Bill Gates, who spent hundreds of millions of dollars to develop and promote the Common Core State Standards. Bush himself has been a strong supporter of the Core and has been the target of criticism by other Republican candidates for his strong support of the Core.

A look at the past donors of the foundation finds that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation began donating to Bush’s foundation in 2010, shortly after the Core was first announced. Here is how much Gates has given to the Bush foundation by year, according to the Foundation for Education Excellence website:

2015: Greater than $1 million PLUS a separate donation from the Gates-founded Microsoft in the amount of $25,001 – $50,000.

2014: Between $500,001 – $1 million

2013: Greater than $1 million PLUS a separate donation from Microsoft in the amount of $100,001 – $250,000.

2012: Between $500,001 – $1 million

2011: Between $500,001 – $1 million PLUS a separate donation from  Microsoft in the amount of $25,001 – $50,000.

2010: Between $500,001 – $1 million

2009 – 2007: None

Here are the 2015 Foundation for Education Excellence donors, from the website:

Greater than $1,000,000
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Walton Family Foundation
$500,001 – $1,000,000
Bloomberg Philanthropies
Carnegie Corporation of New York
$250,001 – $500,000
Eli & Edythe Broad Foundation
The Kovner Foundation
The Marcus Foundation
Robertson Foundation
Charles & Helen Schwab Foundation
The Stiles-Nicholson Foundation
$100,001 – $250,000
Helios Education Foundation
Kern Family Foundation National Summit
News Corporation
Bill and Susan Oberndorf Foundation National Summit
$50,001 – $100,000
The Dick & Betsy DeVos Foundation National Summit
Doris & Donald Fisher Fund National Summit
K12 National Summit
Pearson National Summit
Triad Foundation
$25,001 – $50,000
Bill and Mary Ann Becker
The Lynde & Harry Bradley Foundation
Jeb Bush & Associates
College Board National Summit
Edgenuity National Summit
Intel Corporation National Summit
McGraw Hill Education National Summit
Microsoft National Summit
The Perelman Family Foundation Arts for Life
Target National Summit
$10,001 – $25,000
Amplify Education, Inc. National Summit
Charter Schools USA National Summit
Gary Chartrand Advised Fund
The Cobb Family Foundation Arts for Life
Dyer Family Foundation D&H
Kathy and Al Hubbard
Joel Klein
Morgridge Family Foundation National Summit
Northwest Evaluation Association National Summit
Publix Super Markets Charities, Inc. Arts for Life
Renaissance Learning National Summit
Scholastic National Summit
State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. National Summit
USA Funds National Summit
$5,000 – $10,000
Atlas Network
Finnegan Family Foundation National Summit
Florida House on Capitol Hill Arts for Life
Garner Family Foundation
Jeanne Godwin Arts for Life
Infrastructure and Industrial Constructors USA, LLC (i+icon) National Summit
iteach U.S. National Summit
Keiser University Arts for Life
Kyra Solutions Arts for Life
Raymond James Financial Arts for Life
Robert and Margaret M. Rothman Arts for Life
TeleTech Community Foundation National Summit
The Travelers Companies, Inc. National Summit

You can see a list of donors in other years here.

In 2011, Obama shared a stage with Bush at a Miami high school and said this about Bush:

“We are also honored to be joined here today by another champion of education reform, somebody who championed reform when he was in office, somebody who is now championing reform as a private citizen — Jeb Bush. (Applause.) And we are grateful — we’re grateful for him being here. Aside from being a former governor of this great state, Jeb, of course is best known as the brother of Marvin Bush. (Laughter.) Apparently the rest of the family also did some work back in Washington back in the day. (Laughter.) The truth is I’ve gotten to know Jeb because his family exemplifies public service. And we are so grateful to him for the work that he’s doing on behalf of education. So, thank you, Jeb.”