SEATTLE—Former Florida governor Jeb Bush is in town with Washington gubernatorial hopeful Rob McKenna trying to seize education as a top priority for the Republican candidate.
During his administration, Bush revamped laws to change Florida schools—from the worst in the country to just about in the middle of all states. Some of his lessons learned were included in a book he co-authored with Gov. Bob Wise called “Digital Learning Now” which he described as a template for governors wanting to “liberate” and improve their public schools. Bush says it involved blending in-class and digital learning plus “political will”, code for a politician’s willingness to take on the powerful teachers unions.
At a forum with digital educators at the Talaris campus, Bush said, “I happen to think Washington could be one of the extraordinary places where this could take off just given the infrastructure, the talent and people that you have here and the understanding of technology and its power.”
McKenna, who is currently the state attorney general, says “There’s a bi-partisan group in the state legislature eager to move forward with reforms, it’s growing all the time, and once they know they have a governor who will actually sign the bills into laws they pass, even more legislators will come on board.”
As for running for Vice President this year, Jeb Bush gave an emphatic “Nope!” Asked if he would run for President himself, Bush said, “In 2016, hopefully I’ll be supporting the re-election of Mitt Romney.”