The Gravy Train Copy Desk
Last spring and summer while I watched Robyn Bagley’s feverish moves to take over the Utah Association for Public Charter Schools I guessed that she was angling for a leap on board Mitt Romney’s corsair in 2012, but now I’ve changed my mind. Let’s be serious. Neither Romney nor Huntsman have any chance anyway, except maybe in Jeb’s cabinet. No, now I’m placing my bets on Bagley for Bush. We had the Bagley organized Bush roadshow here last August, and now we have Bagley and Bush teaming up on SB 65, “the best K-12 online learning policy in the country…setting the standard for the rest of the nation.”
It was very kind of Bagley and Bush to send me a copy of Bush’s op-ed on SB 65 for copyediting. Thanks! My copy edits are shown in red. The op-ed was co-signed by former West Virginia governor Bob Wise (D). Are you getting yet that the for-profit education industry is a bipartisan project?
An Op-Ed from Governors Jeb Bush and Bob Wise
Governors Jeb Bush and Bob Wise have written this Op-Ed as Utah legislators are considering the expansion of digital learning.
Wednesday, the Utah Senate passed legislation that will
put Utah and its students at the forefront of K-12 Digital learning policy in the country. open the pockets of Utah’s taxpayers to out of state digital education providers. Unleashing the power of technology in education expands access to high quality education regardless of a student’s language, zip code, income levels or special needs which is why Utah has made its Electronic High School available to students throughout the state free of charge since 1994.
As Governors, we learned firsthand the high stakes when it comes to preparing students with the knowledge and skills to succeed in college and careers. Digital learning has the power to transform education to address the individual needs of students in a way never before possible, as Utah’s free Electronic High School has proven.
To that end, this year we launched Digital Learning Now, a national lobbying campaign to
define the elements of funnel public school monies from hard-pressed school districts to the for-profit digital learning industry and advocate for the policies that will assist states with integrating current and future technological innovations into K-12 public education as a cover for the destruction of public education.
Digital learning can customize and personalize education so all students learn in their own style and at their own pace, maximizing their chances for success in school and beyond. With digital learning, every student from rural communities to inner cities, can access high-quality and rigorous courses in every subject, including foreign languages, math and science.
Digital learning can also be the catalyst for transformational change in education. It is a tool that can address
the myriad some of the challenges faced by schools, community leaders, and policy makers.
With access to
multiple online course providers Utah’s free Electronic High School, students in even the most remote areas can connect with high-quality college – and career – prep courses taught by highly qualified teachers who do not work inside their school building or even, home school. These options EHS can be a powerful tool for teachers who are facing the challenge of meeting a variety of student needs. They can connect communities to a vast network of resources that will help their students compete and succeed in the global economy.
With online and digital learning, Utah high school students will be able to customize their education to better meet their academic goals and prepare them for post-secondary education, vocational and careers. More options,
better questionable outcomes, reduced increased costs—it’s a great horrible deal for Utah’s students, schools, and taxpayers. But a great one for Robyn Bagley and Howard Stephenson.
Utah is on the verge of
establishing gutting the best K-12 online learning policy in the country and setting the standard for the rest of the nation. We are watching with great admiration and enthusiasm.
Jeb Bush, Governor of Florida 1999–2007, future U.S. president
Bob Wise, Governor of West Virginia 2001-2005, professional board member