Education: Go to The Rear of the Class

Secretary Cavazos is criticized for ineffectiveness and lack of focus

One of George Bush's first acts as President-elect was to announce that he would retain Lauro Cavazos as Secretary of Education. The move was widely applauded: in addition to being the highest-ranking Hispanic in the new Administration, Cavazos was an amiable former president of Texas Tech University whose reputation for consensus building contrasted sharply with the contentious style of his predecessor, William Bennett. But the honeymoon is over. Reflecting the view of a growing number of critics, Andrew Griffin, executive officer of the Georgia Association of Educators, dismisses Cavazos as "all talk, no action."

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