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In a prepared statement marking the secondary anniversary of the release of the report of the National Commission on Excellence in Education, Secretary of Education William J. Bennett questioned whether the nation will soon tire of education reform and "move on to some other problem or crisis."

But despite what he termed the country's "short attention span," the Secretary said he is optimistic that the focus on schooling will continue, "because we know that what is at stake now is nothing less than the well-being of our children."

Mr. Bennett praised the growing involvement in schools of parents and community members, who, he said, are making known "the things they expect children to learn in school." Such involvement is "in fact, in the end, the only prospect for real improvement," he added. "We can't fix our schools by simply laying the blame at the schoolhouse door."

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