With the presidential campaign in full swing, school-group lobbyists and other education observers in Washington are speculating on the likely candidates for secretary of education in a Bush or Gore administration. Here is a roundup of some of the most frequently mentioned names.
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Rod Paige—The superintendent of the nation’s seventh-largest school district is also an education adviser to Gov. Bush. Mr. Paige, a leader in urban education, could become the first African-American secretary of education.
|Delaware Gov. Thomas R. Carper—If he loses his bid for the U.S. Senate next month, this Cabinet seat could be his consolation prize. In two terms as governor, he has championed education accountability.||Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge—Gov. Ridge is seen as having views on education reform similar to those of Mr. Bush. The Pennsylvania governor has focused on accountability and improving failing schools during his six years in that office.|
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