Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush discusses education policy and reform
COLUMBIA - Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush met with Missouri policymakers in Jefferson City Thursday to discuss education reform.
He supports the bills the Missouri General Assembly is currently considering, including providing more online access to students and promoting school choice with charter school education.
Missouri Chamber President Daniel Mehan said one of the most essential issues in Missouri is its workforce.
"We've got the jobs, but we can't find the skills to match up with them," he said.
Bush said education reform will help change this.
"I come here simply as a person who believes passionately that every child can learn and that it's up to politicians, teachers, business leaders, moms and dads and everybody to organize their lives around assuring that every child reaches their God-given abilities," Bush said.
He said it's frustrating that the way the country educates children is the same one as 110 years ago. He wants to move forward and bring the model for education into the 21st century.
"Nothing else remains the same," he said. "Everything else has changed for the better in many cases. Why wouldn't we want to have an organizational model around our kids: the most important resource going forward to sustain our way of life."
Bush also said he supports charter schools, since most research shows they do better than traditional public schools.
"The simple fact is if charter schools set up in rural areas, hallelujah!" he said. "Public schools get better when you provide parents choices."
Mehan said he agrees with Bush in promoting education reform.
"When our students succeed, our states succeed," Mehan said.