Campaign 2000: Follow the Money

Bush wants failed schools to lose federal funding. As reforms go, good; but it's still just a baby step

To listen to the hyperventilating that followed George W. Bush's maiden campaign speech on education the other day in Los Angeles, you'd think the Texas Governor had proposed something radical. "Dangerous," declared Education Secretary Richard Riley. "Risky," cried Sandra Feldman, president of the American Federation of Teachers. Al Gore seemed downright mad: "Bush wants to slam the door" on public schools, the Veep said, with a "back-door voucher plan."

Jeepers. All Bush said was that in a program that amounts to 2% of overall K-12 spending, some schools serving poor kids might, if three years of state tests show they really...

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