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:
"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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