In August 2010, former Governors Jeb Bush (FL) and Bob Wise (WVA) through the Foundation for Excellence in Education (FEE), convened the Digital Learning Council to develop the roadmap to integrate current and future technological innovations into public education.
The Digital Learning Council claims they brought together some of the brightest and most respected minds in the United States – all focused on working together to shape the principles and policies of digital learning. This diverse group of leaders hailed from education, government, philanthropy, business, technology and think tanks stating they came together to develop policy actions for local, state and federal lawmakers and policymakers to advance digital learning.
Over the course of five months, the Digital Learning Council met by virtual interaction more than 40 times and covered a wide range of topics, including: student eligibility for digital learning, access to high-quality digital content and instruction, customization and personalization of education such as blended learning, funding models, assessments and accountability.
Florida’s personal Council was referred to as PAGE or Parents Advancing Global Education – Florida 2.0 Digital Learning – The Page Plan Statewide Digital Village. Co-founders were listed as:
Kim J. Kendall (who run for Thrasher’s seat after he was chosen as the president of Florida State University) who was appointed to serve on the Florida Commissioner of Education’s “Florida 2.0 Digital Learning Group” in the Spring of 2012 which is focused on bringing digital reform to all of Florida’s students. She states she worked on bringing our Florida students into the digital age and finding funding without dipping into the budget! She has served on several committees relating to education.
Jill Flores is a certified Elementary Education teacher in Florida. She has taught the 5th grade as a Language Arts/Reading teacher for the Duval County School District and is currently supporting the Duval County School District as a Media Specialist. With two children in the public school system, Flores is driven to help the state of Florida transform our education to compete at a global level.
Both women reside in St. John’s County Florida. No others were listed as being a part of this “team” in the beginning. FEE was working behind closed doors through the Florida State Board of Education.
To remind my readers, St. John’s County is where the School Board member Beverly Slough is from – she is the one who sat down to talk to me about how she felt the Common Core Standards were a ‘disaster’ to our children’s education – 4 hours of talking about the disaster of Florida’s education to have her turn around and totally support it. And her married to a minister!
As a parent, I do have to question their reasoning and idea’s in regard to GLOBAL education since there still have NOT been any comparison studies done from one state to another let alone those countries we are supposed to be held up to that justifies our children being in front of a computer for hours every day under a “digital learning atmosphere” no the spending it requires.
Reminder – China, Finland and other countries we are supposed to be learning from are now beginning to forgo some of the things we are being told to use to bring us up to a global standard.
Today, it is very difficult to find any documentation or web site connections to PAGE – the term and logo have been removed and it would seem all is being done entirely through FEE – Jeb Bush’s world. It matters not that he has resigned from all boards including FEE to run for president. He has left behind another traitor – Condoleezza Rice to run things for him in his absence.
As a result of the FEE’s Council’s efforts, the 10 Elements of High-Quality Digital Learning, along with suggested actions for lawmakers, was released on December 1, 2010 at the National Summit on Education Reform in Washington, D.C. Be sure to visit this web site and look under all the rocks (tabs) to gain an even larger big picture.
On May 29, 2012 the following PAGE symposium was presented:
Part 1 http://youtu.be/T0i-mhjhoSA Gov. Scott speaks
Part 2 http://youtu.be/VWvqLRVt4w4 Explaining how Moorseville, NC implemented total virtual in their school in conjunction with Pearson
Part 3 http://youtu.be/Y6ev0oe_764 Per business double-speak
Part 4 http://youtu.be/CnbdE7UqP6Q Pearson lingo – Global Education
It never ceases to amaze me the character and/or fact the number of people spinning out our children’s education are NOT educators.
Jeb Bush – Leadership Team:
Those who have funded this operation*
Jeb Bush, Co-Chair
Bob Wise, Co-Chair
The Lynde & Harry Bradley Foundation*
Charles & Helen Schwab Foundation*
The Eli & Edythe Broad Foundation*
Carnegie Corporation of New York*
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation*
The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust*
The Kovner Foundation*
Walton Family Foundation*
Kevin Chavous, Black Alliance for Educational Options
Joel Klein, former Chancellor NYC Public Schools
Patricia Levesque, Foundation for Excellence in Education
Douglas Levin, State Educational Technology Directors Association
Dane Linn, National Governors Association
Gregory McGinity, The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation
Gisele Huff, The Jaquelin Hume Foundation
Susan Patrick, iNACOL
Gerard Robinson, then-Secretary of Education, Virginia
Members and Advisors of the Digital Learning Council:
(Those in bold have long been known to spew education reforms and/or tell us they are the good guys working both sides of the issues).
Curt Allen, Agilix Labs, Inc
Jeanne Allen, Center for Education Reform
David Armstrong, Broward College
Sally Bachofer, New York State Education Department
Robyn Bagley, Open High School of Utah
John Bailey, Dutko Worldwide
Bruno Behrend, The Heartland Institute
Linda Burch, Common Sense Media
Greg Butler, Microsoft
David Byer, Apple
Idit Harel Caperton, World Wide Workshop
Jaime Casap, Google
Karen Cator, US Department of Education*
Shafeen Charania, 21k12
Teresa C. Chasteen, Worldwide Interactive Network
Milton Chen, George Lucas Educational Foundation & Edutopia
Barbara Chow, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
Susan Colby, Stupski Foundation
Representative Bill Coley, Ohio State House (great friends with Ohio Governor John Kasich who also intends to run for President and supports Common Core)
Andrew Coulson, Center for Educational Freedom
Senator Rich Crandall, Arizona Senate
Diana Daggett, Intel
John Danner, Rocketship
Randy DeHoff, Colorado State Board of Education
Steve Dowling, Pearson Education
Barbara Dreyer, Connections Academy
Rose Fernandez, National Coalition for Public School Options
Mike Feuling, Internet Academy
Senator Anitere Flores, Florida Senate
Thomas Greaves, The Greaves Group, LLC
David Greenberg, Denver School of Science and Technology
Russell D. Greiff, Grockit, Inc.
Aimee Rogstad Guidera, Data Quality Campaign
Kevin Hall, Charter Growth Fund
Leah Hamilton, Carnegie Corporation
Jonathan Harber, Schoolnet
Nelson Heller, EdNet/Heller Report
Rick Hess, American Enterprise Institute (AIR)
Collin Hitt, Illinois Policy Institute
Michael Horn, Innosight Institute
Kathy Hurley, Pearson Foundation
Senator Michael Johnston, Colorado State Senate
Dr. Chip Kimball, Lake Washington School District
Bill Lager, IQity
Kurt Landgraf, ETS
Bette Manchester, Maine International Center for Digital Learning
Margery Mayer, Scholastic
Deborah McGriff, New Schools Venture Fund
Doug Mesecar, Sylvan Learning
Michael Moe, Next Advisors
Bob Moore, Dell
Lt. Governor Barbara O’Brien, Colorado
Fiona O’Carroll, Houghton Mifflin
Ron Packard, K12 Inc.
Trevor Packer, College Board
Sol Pelavin, American Institutes for Research (AIR)
Michael J. Petrilli, Thomas B. Fordham Institute
Deborah Quazzo, Next Advisors
Rae Raffin, SMART Technologies
Greg Richmond, National Association of Charter School Authorizers
Senator Chip Rogers, Georgia State Senate
Senator Gloria Romero, California State Senate
Joel Rose, School of One
Andy Rotherham, Bellwether
Marguerite Roza, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Ron Scheberle, American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)
John Schilling, American Federation for Children
Cyndie Schmeiser, ACT
Mark Schneiderman, Software & Information Industry Association
Bryan Setser, NC Virtual Public School
Kathleen Shanahan, WRSCompass
James H. Shelton, III, US Department of Education*
Representative Jabar Shumate, Oklahoma State House
Greg Smith, Archipelago Learning
Michael J. Stanton, Blackboard Inc.
Ana Thompson, Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation
Thomas Toch, Independent Education
Cheryl Vedoe, Apex Learning
Jeffrey S. Wahl, Edison Learning
John Watson, Evergreen Education Group
John White, New York City Department of Education
Tae Yoo, Cisco Systems
Julie Young, Florida Virtual School
Please take the time to slip in under the ‘Board Corner” tab and read the words of non-parent now Chairperson of FEE Condoleezza Rice explain why we should be looking at a high quality education as a “civil rights struggle”.
She will tell you that “70 percent of people born into low-income households will remain at that income level” because the ‘corporate’ side of innovative and dynamic economy is in jeopardy.
“This dynamic is not only dragging down our citizens but also compromising our future economic prosperity, global position, and national security (this bringing you to the report put out in 2012 by Joel Klein and Rice stating our children’s education should be overseen by the Council on Foreign Relations).
No comments as to hold those in Washington, D.C. or their individual state legislators responsible for playing Russian Roulette with our children’s education for years. No mention of the likes of Marc Tucker and his educational ideas leading America to “COLLECTIVISM/ TOTALITARISM” versus “INDIVIDUALISM through the indoctrination of our children thru education.
Isn’t it interesting how the so called “Conservative” men and women of America now feel comfortable enough to ‘come out’ as they say, and show their true colors as to the goals that have been set for America.
Re-working our Constitution, to totally remove the Bill of Rights and what is left is a country of collective sheep, working the fields for the Political Prostitutes and Corporate Whores.
If we don’t wake up soon, the only enjoyment we just might have in the future is watching the ‘feeding frenzy’ when they are all fighting for the top positions and killing each other off.
You thought all you have heard about the Third Reich was horrid – imagine what it is going to be like with all the new technology and advanced weapons they plan to use on you and yours.