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Jeb Bush: Mich. governor on right education track

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush says Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is on the right path to improve education.

Bush founded the Foundation for Excellence in Education after leaving office in 2008 with the goal of igniting "a movement of reform" in every state to transform education.

He testified Wednesday morning before the Senate-House Education Committee, then joined Snyder, state superintendent Mike Flanagan and the House and Senate GOP leaders for a news conference to discuss education improvements.

Snyder outlined a sweeping education proposal this spring that included new rules for teacher tenure, anti-bullying legislation and new ways for students to start taking college classes as early as the ninth grade. Lawmakers are working on the changes.

Bush encouraged Snyder to be "bold" about changing the current education system.

"All children can learn. One of our nation's greatest challenges is ensuring every student receives a quality education that equips them with the knowledge and skills to be successful in college and their careers," Bush said. "If Florida can do it, Michigan can. I applaud Gov. Snyder and legislative leaders for seizing the opportunity to transform education in Michigan so every student can achieve their God-given potential."

Snyder outlined his proposal in a special message to the Legislature in April. Highlights include:

  • Taking a holistic approach to education through the "P-20" concept.
  • Emphasizing the need for performance-based schools in which rewards are based on outcomes and results, rather than mere attendance.
  • Delivering greater accountability and empowerment through a new "Michigan Education" dashboard, which will be a statewide report card on education.
  • Incorporating an "Any Time, Any Place, Any Way, Any Pace" learning model which will give students more opportunities to participate in dual enrollment, blended learning and online education opportunities.
  • Providing parents and students with greater educational options with "Schools of Choice" where residents of a local district will still have the first opportunity to enroll, but schools will no longer be able to refuse out-of-district students.
  • Performance-based teaching and restructuring the tenure system so that it rewards demonstrated years of effective teaching rather than time in the classroom.

"A quality, cutting-edge education system that gives teachers and students the tools to succeed is critical as we enter the New Michigan," Snyder said. "It's time to take a serious look at what works and what doesn't when it comes to helping children learn."

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