Bush supports common core and the reauthorization of the no child left behind act. He also believes education standards need to be created by the states.
BRET BAIER: Governor Jeb Bush is in our center seat tonight. Governor a lot of people tweeted in, had Facebook messages, Instagram, questions for you. Fred Kazmierski writes in “The results are in on Common Core, and they are overwhelmingly negative, why do you continue to support it?”
JEB BUSH: Well first of all congress is going to do something incredible. They’re going to actually pass a bill to present to the President of the United States. It’s the reauthorization of the no child left behind act which I helped work on and the net result of that is the federal government cannot have direct or indirect any say in the creation of standards. And that’s been my position from the very beginning. I support higher standards and common core standards were higher than the Florida standards that we had. They were implemented after I was governor and high standards with real accountability and school choice and a performance based system of paying teachers will yield rising student achievement. My passion is to make sure that every child has the God given abilities to go to college or get a job and right now about a third of our kids do.
BAIER: But when you hear Fred and others and I’m sure you hear it in town halls in the Republican Party really concerned about this.
BUSH: They’re concerned about federal involvement principally. They’re deeply concerned about federal overreach in education and their voice was heard and the congress will pass with bipartisan support a reauthorization of the federal government’s involvement in K-12 education that prohibits it and I support that.
ANNOUNCER: When Jeb Bush was governor of Florida more than 80,000 small businesses were started and 1.3 million jobs were created.
JACK HEATH: Governor Bush, common core curriculum has been controversial here in New Hampshire. Standards remain controversial. Should state and local school boards reject any so called national educational standards?
JEB BUSH: They should. States ought to create standards. They should be high, they should be state driven and locally implemented. The federal government should have no role in the creation of standards. No role in the creation indirectly or directly in the creation of content and curriculum. Federal government’s role in education ought to be to provide support for states that want reform. Governor Jindal has created some amazing reforms in Louisiana but yet his title one money can’t be used to enhance those reforms. So the federal government should not have any say as it relates to standards. But we need higher standards; we need robust accountability, school choice, ending social promotion, a comprehensive plan to make sure that more than just a third of our kids are college or career ready.