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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
Trial begins in international custody case
May 21, 2013 08:06 GMT
By SHEILA BURKE Associated Press
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A trial begins Tuesday that could determine which country will decide the fate of 13-year-old twin boys at the center of an international custody battle that extends from Eastern Europe to Middle Tennessee.
The boys are American citizens who were born in Texas but have spent the majority of their lives in Hungary. Their father is an American citizen with family in the Cottontown community of Sumner County. Their mother, a Romanian national, has invoked an international treaty claiming the children are being wrongfully retained in Tennessee by their father.
The boys came to Tennessee last year to visit their paternal grandparents in Sumner County for the summer. The father, who was supposed to bring them back to Europe, stayed in the U.S. and filed for divorce.
Asia stocks fall
BANGKOK (AP) -- Asian stock markets fell today as investors waited for the U.S. Federal Reserve to telegraph what it plans to do next with its economic stimulus program.
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By SCOTT MAYEROWITZ
AP Business Writer
NEW YORK (AP) -- When the Dow first crossed 14,000, investors were overjoyed. ...
IN THE NEWS: iPHONE RECOVERED AFTER THEFT IN OREGON
MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) -- A smartphone, plus a not-so-smart criminal -- equals an arrest in Oregon.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- George Washington University students will soon be walking all over the White House and the Capitol, too.