Education Next talks with Jeb Bush, Heather Hough, and Michael Kirst
In Florida, where I served as governor from 1999 to 2007, a bold, new direction was required. And so in 1999, we overhauled our school system through accountability legislation that made student learning the focus of education.
As the rising costs of tuition and fees outpace increases in financial aid and student debt skyrockets, there has never been a more critical time to bring innovation to our higher education system.
What if we were to channel our inner Hanna-Barbera, and visualize what public education should look like in the digital age?
By requiring students to take at least two credits online to graduate, Idaho is arming its kids with the knowledge and skills they will need to thrive in our increasingly digital world.
Education is not a Democrat or Republican issue. Our nation’s destiny is at stake. As policy and funding discussions take place, leaders in both parties must work together to reward what matters most: student achievement.