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"We presume the interviewers were not trying to be bad persons.''
Steve Head, educational researcher on why one out of four beginning teachers surveyed had been asked "inappropriate or illegal'' questions about their marital status during job interviews

"I'm not convinced that by adding more and more dollars into the [educational] system we're going to change it.''
U.S. Secretary of Education Lauro Cavazos on why President Bush's budget was sufficient to meet the nation's educational needs

"Does Roseanne ever take her kids to the library? Do Jason and Maggie discuss history? Does Oprah's audience care more about a stranger's sex life than how to determine if kids can read?''
Ann Melvin, columnist for The Dallas Morning News

"South Dakota's schools have three things going for them: Families stay together; schools are small and are centers of community life; and old-fashioned values such as hard work, responsibility, and self-discipline still dominate.''
South Dakotan Patricia Summerside on why her state ranks third in SAT scores and fifth in ACT scores despite having the lowest teacher salaries in the nation and spending less per pupil than 42 other states

"[Tenure] may have made sense when teachers didn't have collective bargaining rights, but that is no longer the case. School districts deserve to have the same flexibility to select staff as businesses do.''
Editorial in The Detroit Free Press

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