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Indiana leaders fall hard for Jeb-style education reforms



Bilde Jeb Bush hasn't been Florida governor for nearly three years now. Yet the stamp he placed on Florida's education system has been indelible — so much so that other states still bring him in to talk about what he did and how they can do it, too.

This week, Jeb headed to Indianapolis, where he spoke to state leaders about school grading, charter schools, third-grade promotion requirements and several other things he brought to Florida's public schools.

They ate it up.

The Indianapolis Star reports that Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels "would like to adopt everything Bush described — and more." State superintendent of public instruction Tony Bennett was equally enthusiastic, the Louisville Courier-Journal reports.

"There is nothing off the table in the areas of freedom, competition and accountability," Bennett told the Courier-Journal.

In a second story, the Star noted that at least one key Indiana Democrat remains skeptical of some of the Bush initiatives, though he was open to having the conversation.

To those of you who have lived the Bush reforms, we ask: Any advice for these friendly Hoosiers?

Photo from the Indianapolis Star

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:34am]


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