Amid GOP struggles, Jeb Bush focuses on education

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Associated Press

Posted on October 17, 2013 at 1:05 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 17 at 1:07 PM

BOSTON (AP) — Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is calling on elected leaders to improve a national education system he says is "woefully behind the times."

Bush is thought to be weighing a 2016 presidential bid. He spoke Thursday at an education summit in Boston hosted by his nonprofit organization.

The Republican leader endorses school vouchers, performance pay for teachers and the end of teacher tenure, among other reforms.

Bush says the GOP should focus on the success of Republican governors and not on Washington, where party leaders are plagued by infighting.

Bush is the brother of former President George W. Bush. He's focused on state-based education reforms in particular. Bush says public education has become a labyrinth of, quote, "political, bureaucratic and union empires."

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