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Former Federal Officials Give Bush Their Endorsement

Forty-three former Department of Education officials have endorsed Republican Gov. George W. Bush of Texas in his bid to become the next president.

"It is refreshing to find an understanding of policy joined with conservative conviction, idealism, and a belief in the future of public schools," the former senior and mid-level officials said in a Nov. 16 statement.

All the signers served under either President Reagan or President Bush, the governor's father.Earlier this month, Mr. Bush, who is considered the leading contender for the GOP nomination next year, delivered his third major policy address on education, unveiling plans for improving school safety and promoting character education. ("Election Notebook," Nov. 10, 1999.) Among those signing the endorsement letter were Victor F. Klatt, the education policy coordinator for Republicans on the House Education and the Workforce Committee, and Becky Campoverde, the committee's communications director.

Mr. Klatt was the deputy assistant secretary for legislation during the Bush administration. Ms. Campoverde served in two positions during that administration: She was the chief of staff to the deputy secretary and the deputy chief of staff to Secretary of Education Lamar Alexander, one of Gov. Bush's original rivals for the nomination.

CNN hopes to help students learn about the American election process with a new feature on its free TV news program for the classroom.

Turner Learning Inc., the education division of Turner Broadcasting System Inc., announced last week, that, starting in January, the CNN Newsroom program will provide in-depth coverage of the 2000 elections. The program will cover such subjects as the political process, the candidates, the party conventions, the influence of money, and polling.

CNN Newsroom also will offer educators free curricular materials to help them integrate the 2000 elections into their classroom work. For more information, visit Turner Learning's World Wide Web site at turnerlearning.com

—Erik W. Robelen

Vol. 19, Issue 13, Page 23

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