LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) -- Former Republican Gov. Jeb Bush wants Hispanic officials to embrace the education changes he put into place in Florida, including vouchers and higher accountability.
Bush addressed the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials on Thursday and talked about Florida's successes in education. He told them higher standards, school choice and stricter accountability standards are needed nationally to improve schools.
He also said that "the soft bigotry of low expectations" for minorities needs to stop, saying that expectations need to be high for all students. He noted the achievement gap between Hispanic students and white students in Florida has narrowed and Hispanic high school graduation rates have improved.
And he said education should not be a political issue and it's an area where he agrees with President Barack Obama.