Reported by Ana Tintocalis
Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush says he knows how to fix education in America and he’s convening a national summit in San Francisco today to promote his ideas. Bush formed The Foundation for Excellence in Education after he was termed out of office four years ago.
For this week's event, he's recruited media tycoon Rupert Murdoch to be a headliner. For those who don't know what the controversial name has to do with education, it brings up some questions.
"I was dumbfounded. Rupert Murdoch as the keynote speaker? Would you want your children in a classroom with him?" said Ken Tray a San Francisco history teacher and union leader.
What Tray and others might not know is that last year, Murdoch purchased Wireless Generation, an ed tech company that produces learning software, and is behind the School of One program in New York, which tailors each students' day based on data-driven performance records.
Patricia Levesque, from Foundation for Excellence in Education, says Bush has been on the forefront of provocative reforms, including expanding access to online schools.