Education: Please, Children, Do Not Leave

Bush reappoints a consensus builder to a centerpiece job

When President Reagan chose Lauro Cavazos to replace William Bennett as Secretary of Education last summer, Washington pundits dismissed the move as a political maneuver. A sixth-generation Texan and a highly visible Hispanic American, Cavazos seemed tailor-made to help Republican presidential nominee George Bush woo the Hispanic vote in the candidate's electorally rich adopted home state. Last week, when President-elect Bush announced that he would retain Cavazos as head of the department, some educators made similar remarks. "It was an easy decision for Bush," says Donna Shalala, chancellor of the University of Wisconsin at Madison. "He had a qualified person in...

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