Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush praised North Carolina legislators for advancing "bold, student-centered measures" to improve education in the state.
The Seante this week approved a package of education changes similar to a program Florida started about 15 years ago. Among tthe most significant is preventing most third graders who cannot read at grade level from advancing to fourth grade.
The state Senate bill would also end teeacher tenure, something not part of the Florida changes under Bush.
A state House bill would bring to the state a Florida-style program that has corporations receive 100 percent tax breaks for money they donate for low-income public school students to attend private school. That bill has not had a committee hearing.
Bush said in a statement:
"Nearly 15 years ago, Florida took a stand for its students and began implementing bold, student-centered reforms to transform education – reforms similar to legislation North Carolina is considering. Since we began acting on the belief that all students can learn, Florida has gone from the bottom of the nation to a model for the nation. When leaders establish meaningful and objective accountability and refuse to tolerate failure, real change happens."