Bush Touts Reforms to Publishers

NAPLES, FLA -

Governor Jeb Bush says that improved student achievement is the key to a successful economic future.

He says his education programs, including evaluating students with standardized tests and grading schools, have resulted in improved performance that has been documented.

The two-term Republican governor has been speaking about his accomplishments as he prepares to leave office in January because of term limits. He spoke today before a gathering of newspaper publishers in Naples.

One of the major criticisms of Bush's education policies is that standardized tests create a pressured environment for teachers who may end up ``teaching to the test.' Bush called that ``mythology' and said that the naysayers are ``people who don't like reform.'

Bush said that while stricter accountability standards are still being debated in Florida, other countries are surging ahead in the global market because of their higher standards.

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