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Bush and Wise Convene Digital Learning Council

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Bush and Wise Convene Digital Learning Council to Develop Principles and Policies for Integrating Innovations in Technology into Public Education

Council unites diverse leaders to establish a roadmap to digital learning and promote its adoption Tallahassee, Florida and Washington, D.C. – Jeb Bush, governor of Florida 1999 – 2007, and Bob Wise, governor of West Virginia 2001 – 2005, today launched the Digital Learning Council to identify policies that will integrate current and future technological innovations into public education. The Digital Learning Council unites a diverse group of more than 50 leaders from education, government, philanthropy, business, technology, and think tanks to develop the roadmap of reform for local, state and federal lawmakers and policymakers.

“Technology has the power to customize education for every student in America,” said Jeb Bush, co-chair of the Digital Learning Council. “Providing a customized, personalized education for students was a dream just a decade ago. Technology can turn that dream into reality today. The Digital Learning Council will develop the roadmap to achieve that ultimate goal.”

Technological innovations have already changed the way our nation works, shops and entertains itself. The Digital Learning Council will lead this national initiative to develop and transform education by moving digital learning to the forefront of education and away from the niche role it plays today. Today, more than 2 million students take courses online and 1.5 million home education students take online course but that barely scratches the surface of what is possible through technology.

“The members of the Digital Learning Council share a sense of extreme urgency about the need to bring digital learning to every school, every classroom and every child,” stated Governor Bob Wise, co-chair of the Digital Learning Council. “We must not squander the opportunity to promote digital innovation to reform our nation’s schools and ensure that all students are prepared to confront the challenges in our economy and society with the tools and skills that digital technology offers.”

The Digital Learning Council will cover the many facets of digital learning including; online and virtual schools; personalized learning; blended learning; digital content; online and mobile social networks; classroom technology; ensuring equity, security and privacy; and promoting parental choice, among other topics. The Digital Learning Council will report its ongoing discussions online and welcomes input and dialog. The final recommendations of the Digital Learning Council will be the focus of a nationwide campaign to urge adoption of the policy principles by states, track states’ progress and encourage best practices.

A partial list of members and special liaisons of the Digital Learning Council, listed alphabetically appears below. Professional affiliations are for identification purposes. The Digital Learning Council membership includes:

Curt Allen, Agilix

Jeanne Allen, Center for Education Reform

Sally Bachofer, NY SED, Office of Innovative School Models John Bailey, Dutko Worldwide

Jaime Casap, Google

Karen Cator, US DOE

Shafeen Charania, Microsoft Education Product Group

Kevin Chavous, Education Equality Project

Milton Chen, Edutopia

Barbara Chow, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation Bill Coley, Ohio State House

John Couch, Apple

Rich Crandall, Arizona State House

John Danner, Rocketship

Randy DeHoff, Colorado State Board of Education Barbara Dreyer, Connections Academy

Daniel Domenech, AASA

Steve Dowling, Pearson Education

Mike Feuling, Internet Academy

Anitere Flores, Florida State House

Chip Greene, Houghton Mifflin

Aimee Rogstad Guidera, Data Quality Campaign

Kevin Hall, Charter Growth Fund

Leah Hamilton, Carnegie Corporation

Rick Hess, American Enterprise Institute

Collin Hitt, Illinois Policy Institute

Michael Horn, Innosight Institute

Gisele Huff, Hume Foundation

Kevin Johnson, City of Sacramento

Michael Johnston, Colorado State Senate

Chip Kimball, Lake Washington School District

Joel Klein, NY City Public Schools

Keith Krueger, Consortium of School Networking

Bill Lager, Altair Learning Management

Patricia Levesque, Foundation for Excellence in Education

Margery Mayer, Scholastic

Gregory McGinity, Broad Foundation

Barbara O’Brien, Colorado Lt. Governor

Ron Packard, K12

Susan Patrick, iNACOL

Trevor Packer, College Board

Michael Petrilli, Fordham Institute

Gerard Robinson, VA, Secretary of Education

Joel Rose, School of One

Andy Rotherham, Bellwether

Stefanie Sanford, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Ron Scheberle, American Legislative Exchange Council Cyndie Schmeiser, ACT

Bryan Setser, NCVPS

Kathleen Shanahan, Florida, State Board of Education John Schilling, American Federation for Children

Jabar Shumate, Oklahoma State House

Jim Shelton, US DOE

Michael Stanton, Blackboard

Ana Thompson, Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation Cheryl Vedoe, Apex Learning

John Watson, Evergreen Education Group

Anthony Williams, Pennsylvania State Senate

John White, NYC DOE

Tae Yoo, Cisco Systems

Caprice Young, KC Distance Learning

Julie Young, Florida Virtual School

Connie Yowell, MacArthur Foundation


Bennet Ratcliff

Vander Ark/Ratcliff for the Digital Learning Council


Jaryn Emhof

Foundation for Excellence in Education


The Foundation for Excellence in Education is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit charitable organization launched in 2007 by Jeb Bush, Governor of Florida from 1999 to 2007. Our mission is to improve the quality of education in American classrooms by sponsoring innovative, reform-based programs. Programs to develop new strategies to raise student achievement, share the qualities of excellence in teaching and reward excellence in the arts are among the bold initiatives offered by the Foundation for Excellence in Education. To learn more, visit