Education: Reading, Writing and Rhetoric

In outlining goals, Bush is long on talk but short on substance

By almost every measure, George Bush has fallen short of his campaign pledge to be the "education President." He continues to back the ineffectual Lauro Cavazos as Education Secretary, while promoting "choice" and other cost-free nostrums as remedies for ailing schools. True, his proposed 1991 budget, unveiled last week, calls for an additional $500 million for Project Head Start. But student aid comes in for cuts, and the Education Department's paltry $500 million increase does not even keep pace with inflation. Little wonder that in a recent New York Times/CBS News poll 68% of those surveyed felt Bush had "mainly just...

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