Jeb, George P. Bush talk education in Texas

By By WILL WEISSERT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is discussing education policy at a Texas business forum where his son, George P. Bush, also spoke.

The elder Bush is considered a possible contender for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, and has presented a more moderate face of the Republican Party.

He said Tuesday night that America spends more on public education than any other country and yet about a third of students aren't ready for college when they graduate high school.

His son plans to run for statewide office in Texas next year. He hasn't said which one but is leaning toward land commissioner.

Texas Republicans are excited about George P. Bush entering politics because his mother is from Mexico, giving him an affinity for the fastest-growing segment of the state population.

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