A Golden Chance To Fix The Schools

What is so striking about the debate over education now taking place in Washington is not what divides the Republicans and Democrats but what unites them. There is basic agreement on focusing federal spending narrowly on the poorest students; giving parents more choices and children more options; and making public educators more accountable for achieving measurable results based on some common standards. After years of acrimonious debate, which at one time heard calls for the abolition of the Education Dept., President Bush and Senator Joseph Lieberman (D-Conn.) are proposing two very like-minded education bills.

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