AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Jeb Bush says that when it comes to overhauling public education: "You've got to go big or go home."
The former Florida governor and possible future Republican presidential hopeful testified Wednesday before the Texas Senate Education Committee.
He said expanding charter schools were the "catalytic convertor of our reforms." But he also said states need to embrace teacher merit pay, online learning and high accountability standards.
Bush said Florida increased high school graduation rates and elementary school reading achievement. But he added: "if you're going to have great, tough-love policies then you need to fund them."
Texas cut $5.4 billion from schools in 2011.
Sen. Dan Patrick chairs the committee and backs expanding charter schools in Texas, as well as a "school choice" plan that critics call a voucher scheme.
- Obama shortens more than 100 prison sentences
- Updated TDCJ: Criminal charges against Abilene corrections officer dismissed
- Texan who faked being decorated Navy SEAL gets prison
- New 'Dancing With the Stars' cast includes ex-Gov. Rick Perry, 12 others
- KTXS Forecast: Thundershower chances persist into the weekend
Copyright ©2016 by KECI, KCFW, KTVM. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
- Abilene ISD expecting more money from state for higher enrollment
- McMurry University kicks off school year with convocation
- Ex-Abilene day care teacher fails to show for trial, warrant issued
- Abilene, Big Country teams ranked in AP football poll
- Clyde community raises money for family after car accident