Education: Calling for An Overhaul

Overhaul Bush and the Governors agree on reform goals for the schools

The power to summon others and the ability to command attention rank high among the tools of any leader. Last week George Bush wielded both of them artfully in pursuing his long-promised bid to become "the education President." During two crisply photogenic autumn days at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, he convened his Cabinet and the nation's Governors for a historic summit that raised hopes of new national leadership, if not new federal funds, to address the critical problems facing American public education.

While the meeting produced more talk than action, its high-powered guest list and coverage by some 700...

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