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"This is the single most important thing we can be doing," said Bush. "All schools do better when there's competition."
The former Florida Governor and brother and son to two former Presidents made headlines years ago with reforms that give parents more school choices.
Monday morning he discussed several of them with Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.
The discussion is timely as in the coming months Tennessee Lawmakers will consider two controversial reforms Bush supports.
One is a voucher program allowing students to use some public money to go to private schools.
Governor Haslam announced he will introduce a voucher bill this year for lower income students at low performing schools.
The other reform is one that would give the state authority to authorize charter schools when local districts don't approve them.
It's an issue that gained attention in Tennessee when Metro's School Board voted down a charter school request by Great Hearts Academies.
"It basically would be used as a tool to bring about better balanced school district that is complying with the law you have," said Bush.
Much like in Florida these are issue that will have opponents in Tennessee including the association that represents teachers.
"We don't need choice that's gonna remove resources from the public schools that need it now. We don't need choice that's going to create schools that won't be accountable to the same standards that we have put in place in Tennessee," said Tennessee Education Association President Gera Summerford.
Monday, January 14 2013, 09:38 PM CST
Houston brother will be his own attorney in court
June 18, 2013 13:02 GMT
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A Roane County man will face federal gun violation charges next month without an attorney.
The Knoxville News Sentinel (http://bit.ly/17VlXpM ) reported Rocky Joe Houston will represent himself on a charge of possession of a gun by a felon.
The charge came after Houston earlier represented himself in state court on charges stemming from a police chase. He was convicted of evading arrest and reckless endangerment.
Houston and his brother, Leon Houston, were tried, but not convicted, in the 2006 shooting deaths of a Roane County deputy and his ride-along companion.
In federal court, Rocky Joe Houston is claiming the officer who charged him with the felony had no legal authority.
Information from: Knoxville News Sentinel, http://www.knoxnews.com
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