Santa Monica Mirror
The Kids Left Behind
New York Times News Service
He was going to be the education president, and during the campaign in 2000
he hugged kids from coast to coast, crowing about the education miracle in Texas and promising to spread the Texas model nationwide.
He said he was a different kind of Republican, a man of honor and compassion who would look out for the kids.
It was all smoke, of course — photo-ops in a cynical campaign. ...
As for the Texas education miracle - more smoke. The largest and most frequently
praised district, Houston, is being monitored by the state after an audit showed that more than half of the 5,500 students
who left school in the 2000-2001 year should have been counted as dropouts, but were not.
President Bush was apparently serious about bringing the Texas model to the nation. He made
the superintendent of the Houston school district the nation’s education secretary
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Who Killed Teach for America?
By Joe Klein
Sunday, August 17, 2003
The complete article is currently (3/27/04) available on the Time.com
website at-- http://www.time.com/time/columnist/klein/article/0,9565,476274,00.html
In the midst of the 2000 presidential campaign, George W. Bush had a private breakfast
in Los Angeles with members of Teach for America (TFA), the exemplary national-service program that sends recent college graduates
to teach for two years in the poorest urban and rural school districts. "Everyone came out of that room glowing," said Wendy
Kopp, the founder of TFA. "He really understood education and cared about what we did. He sounds like us, one of our teachers
told me." ...
On July 11,
however, a form letter arrived in the Teach for America offices from the Corporation for National and Community Service. "We
regret to inform you," it said, "that your application was not selected for funding."
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