April 16, 2015

THE LEADER OF THE PARTY:

Jeb Bush visits Mississippi to show support for a new education law (Ed O'Keefe April 16, 2015, Washington Post)

Jeb Bush is spending part of Thursday in Mississippi at a bill-signing ceremony for legislation backed by his education foundation.

Bush is scheduled to be at the Mississippi state Capitol as Republican Gov. Phil Bryant signs a bill that provides vouchers to parents of children with special needs to spend up to $6,500 annually in taxpayer funds to pay for private schools or other services to help the child. In its first year, the program will benefit up to 500 students and another 500 each year up to the fifth year, when the legislature would have to reauthorize the program.

The Equal Opportunity for Students with Special Needs Act is backed by the Foundation for Excellence in Education, a nonprofit group launched by Bush after he left governorship in 2007. The new law is also modeled on a program Bush established as Florida governor that benefits roughly 28,000 students, according to Bush aides.

Bush's visit to see Bryant is his second visit in recent weeks with a governor inspired by his education reform proposals. Last month he visited South Carolina's Republican Gov. Nikki Haley, who has also implemented education ideas advanced by Bush's foundation.

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