LONDONDERRY, N.H. (AP) — The latest from the New Hampshire Education Summit, where six Republican presidential contenders are scheduled to answer questions about their views on K-12 public education in interviews with advocate Campbell Brown. (All times are local).
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who stands out from his Republican rivals as a supporter of the Common Core education standards, is stressing the role of individual states in setting standards for themselves.
"What's that?" Bush joked when the topic was broached at the New Hampshire Education Summit being hosted by Campbell Brown's advocacy group, The Seventy Four, at Londonderry High School Wednesday.
Throughout his remarks, Bush stressed that it should be up to states to set their own standards, as long as they're high. But he appeared to struggle slightly when asked how to determine whether a state has high standards if all states set their own.
"It's not like pornography where you know it when you see it, but clearly low standards you know it. That's what most states have had," he said.
Bush also advocated using block grants and other sources of federal funding to support private pre-K programs and took an aggressive stance against teachers unions, bragging about his clashes in Florida.
"I've got tire marks on my forehead. You can see the gashes here. I've got a lot of scars," he said.