Jeb Bush – ModeratorFormer Governor of Florida
As Governor of Florida from 1999 to 2007, Jeb Bush established himself as one of the foremost state educational leaders. He became nationally recognized for his firm, hands-on approach to transforming Florida’s public education system through comprehensive policies like A+. Governor Bush established the Foundation for Excellence in Education in 2007 to “ignite a movement of reform state-by-state in order to transform education for the 21st-century.” Through the Foundation, a number of programs ranging from improved instruction to data-driven accountability provide a roadmap that states use in implementing educational reform. Governor Bush has been a continuing advocate for improving the successful integration of Hispanic students into the American educational system, as well as the use of technology to build adaptive teaching and learning tools effective for all students.