Maine is expanding it’s 1:1 computing progam from 7th to 12th grade in the fall, as reported in  eSchool News.  Former Gov. Angus King provided the initial vision and political capital to get this started eight years ago.  It’s great to see Gov. John Baldacci continue Maine’s leadership role. 

The stimulus bill will provide a great opportunity for gubernatorial leadership in education this year.  The question is, how many will step up and push hard for innovation, accountability and choice?

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Tom Vander Ark is author of Difference Making at the Heart of Learning, The Power of Place, Better Together, Smart Parents, Smart Cities and Getting Smart. He is co-founder of Getting Smart and serves on the boards of Education Board Partners, 4.0 Schools, Digital Learning Institute, Latinx Education Collaborative, Mastery Transcript Consortium and eduInnovation. Follow Tom on Twitter, @tvanderark.

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