Jeb Bush wants “virtual schools” to do for public education what e-vote-counting did for our democracy

Jeb Bush’s Cyber Attack on Public Schools
Is the former Florida governor’s online-education advocacy:
A) a stealth attack on teachers’ unions;
B) presidential positioning;
C) an effort to divert public money to private corporations;
D) all of the above?

By Stephanie Mencimer | November/December 2011 Issue

In June 2010, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush traveled [1] to Columbus, Ohio, to give the commencement speech [2] for the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, the state’s largest virtual charter school. ECOT, which provides K-12 online education for kids who never set foot inside a classroom, was celebrating its 10th anniversary and its largest graduating class—nearly 2,000 kids. Naturally, the event, held on the campus of Ohio State University, was webcast for those who couldn’t make it.

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