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An exhorter for Education

While U.S. Commissioner of Education under Richard Nixon, Terrel Bell admitted that being at odds with the President "is really part of the job." Said he: "I want to exhort, stir things up, tread on toes." After serving under Gerald Ford, Bell backed the ultimately successful drive to make education a department separate from the morass of Health, Education and Welfare (now Health and Human Services). Now, as the prospective Education Secretary, the final Cabinet choice to be named by Ronald Reagan, Bell should find it easy to be at odds with his new boss, who favors dismantling...

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