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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
Woman sentence to diversion in hot oatmeal attack
May 18, 2013 16:17 GMT
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A judge has sentenced a Clarksville woman convicted of assault for pouring hot oatmeal on her husband to diversion.
The Leaf-Chronicle (http://leafne.ws/10YZSDz ) reports Judge John H. Gasaway handed down the sentence for 52-year-old Karen Jeffries after a hearing during which friends and neighbors testified that she had a moral character, a strong faith and a passion for helping others.
Gasaway ordered a four-year post trial diversion program, but gave her the option of opting out after three years if she meets all the terms and conditions.
During the trial in March Jeffries said she threw hot oatmeal at her husband when he lunged to attack her.
Douglas Jeffries told the jury he was asleep in a recliner when his wife dumped the pot of oatmeal onto him.
Information from: The Leaf-Chronicle, http://www.theleafchronicle.com
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