Bush calls for overhaul of nation’s education system


Associated Press

NASHUA, N.H. (AP) – Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush is rolling out a broad education reform plan that would shift power and money to states and local school districts, and away from the federal government.

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He also wants to revamp how high school graduates and their parents finance college and other career training.

Bush released his “blueprint” Monday to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, saying that “access to a quality education is the great civil rights challenge of our time.”

Bush said he believes King, if he were alive today, would be fighting to “close the education gap between the haves and have-nots” to lift families out of poverty.

As a two-term Florida governor, Bush built a national reputation for reforming the state’s public school system.

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