Table: The Compromise

The new education bill Congress has agreed on gives President Bush much, but not all, of what he wanted:


Parents can transfer children in failing schools to other public schools, but Bush lost out on vouchers for private institutions.


Local school districts will be able to decide how to use up to 50% of federal funds. But the President failed to get a similar right for states.


The bill provides $26 billion for education, up from the $19 billion Bush proposed.


A key Bush proposal, in which schools will test every student in grades 3 to 8 every year in reading and math also passed. In addition, a sample of pupils from each state will be required to take a national test to measure progress.

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