Jeb Bush backs Jindal's education proposals
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush championed Gov. Bobby Jindal's proposed education reforms today at the 2012 Louisiana Education Summit, which drew more than 800 business, political and education leaders from around the state. But Bush told Daily Report that getting passed controversial reforms addressing teacher tenure, school choice and accountability won't be an easy sell in the Legislature. "Tenure issues draw quite a lot of fire," Bush says in an exclusive interview. "But the tenure proposal I saw (that Jindal is pushing) has been implemented in quite a few states, so you can craft it so that teachers unions understand it and get on board." Bush also predicts a fight over vouchers and digital learning, or online charter schools. "That's not a big thing here yet, but it's coming and unions get real upset about that," Bush says. Bush has emerged as a champion of education reform nationwide and led one of the most ambitious school choice initiatives in the country while governing Florida in the early 2000s. His speech this morning went over well with the crowd of reform supporters. "This is about showing that the key parts of the governor's reform package have been done in other states and can be done here," says Penny Dastugue, president of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. "It is going to be a tough session. But other states have done this and it can be done here." —Stephanie Riegel
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