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Jeb Bush to be honored with Jack Kemp Leadership Award



Jeb Bush will receive the annual Jack Kemp Leadership Award on Monday in Washington.

The award, which went in 2012 to Sen. Marco Rubio, recognizes that individual who has shown "exceptional leadership in public policy or private enterprise in advancing the American idea."

The dinner will feature House Speaker John Boehner, Rep. Paul Ryan (2011 recipient), Sen. Tim Scott and possibly Sen. Mike Lee.

The Kemp citation:

"Jeb Bush was governor of Florida from 1999-2007. During his two terms, Bush remained true to his conservative principles, cutting taxes, vetoing earmarks and leading reform of government programs. He also championed a number of major education reforms and initiatives for one of the nation’s largest state public education systems, propelling Florida from the bottom of the nation in academic performance to the top tier today.

"Under his leadership, Florida was on the forefront of consumer healthcare advances, led the nation in job growth, and launched and accelerated restoration of America’s Everglades. In education, Florida raised academic standards, required accountability in public schools and created the most ambitious school choice program in the nation. As a result, Florida students have made the greatest gains in academic achievement and Florida is one of a handful of states to significantly narrow the achievement gap.

"Believing what one state can do, another can do, he founded and chairs the Foundation for Excellence in Education (ExcelinEd), which works with governors, legislatures, departments of education and advocacy groups across the nation to develop and implement meaningful education reforms based on more than a decade of experience and proven effectiveness. In 2010, Governor Bush launched the Digital Learning Now! initiative to encourage states to develop policies that will allow technology to flourish in education and greatly enhance student learning."

[Last modified: Friday, October 25, 2013 7:41pm]


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