Jeb Bush Pushes More Money Toward Luna Law Supporters


Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush addresses the Republican National Convention in Tampa this evening in the run-up to Mitt Romney formally grabbing the GOP presidential nomination. But Bush says he'll be talking more about education than politics tonight. Critics say he blurs the two.

Bush co-hosted a Tampa fundraiser Wednesday, in an effort to beat back opponents of Idaho's Students Come First reforms, which will go before Gem State voters this November. Among the attendees at the fundraiser were Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter and Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna.

Opponents of the so-called "Luna Laws" are doing some fundraising of their own, with both sides of the issue already filling Treasure Valley airwaves with ads for or against the reforms, which were approved by the 2011 Idaho Legislature.

In June 2011, Bush visited the Gem State to sing the praises of the Luna Laws.

“Implemented right, you’re going to see rising student achievement. It takes away a lot of the opposition,” said Bush. “You can measure whether they’re successful or not by the actual results.”