Education Federal File

First Teacher?

By Michelle R. Davis — January 04, 2005 2 min read

Amy Carter attended a District of Columbia public school while her father was president. Now another first daughter may be forging a different kind of public school bond in the nation’s capital.

Jenna Bush, one of the twin daughters of President Bush and first lady Laura Bush, is rumored to be in the running for a job at the Elsie Whitlow Stokes Community Freedom Public Charter School in Washington, according to a report last month in The Washington Post.

Linda R. Moore, the executive director of the 7-year-old school, said she couldn’t discuss the matter. “It’s a violation of our personnel policy to talk about it,” she said.

If Ms. Bush, 23, does end up at the charter school, she’d be working with some of the school’s 250 kindergarten through 6th grade pupils. Most of the students are from low-income families and are African-American or Hispanic, Ms. Moore said.

The school has French- and Spanish-immersion programs, she said, and students are required to take part in community service.

“We put an emphasis on high academic standards and preparing students to be leaders in the community,” she said.

The first lady’s press office did not return a phone call, but a spokesman for Mrs. Bush told the Post that Jenna Bush would live in Washington and work at a public school.

Jenna Bush graduated from the University of Texas last spring with a bachelor’s degree in English, while her sister, Barbara, who has spoken of wanting to work with HIV-infected children, graduated from their father’s alma mater, Yale University.

Education Students for Bush

College students who voted in the 2004 presidential election favored Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts, the Democratic nominee, over President Bush, according to a post-election survey. But the president had pockets of support among certain groups, including education majors.

The survey of 1,200 students was conducted Nov. 9-19 for the Center for Information and Research on Civil Learning and Engagement, or CIRCLE, a research organization housed at the University of Maryland College Park. The survey showed that 55 percent voted for Sen. Kerry and 41 percent for President Bush. It had a margin of error of 2.8 percentage points.

In the breakdown by major, support for Mr. Bush was highest among education majors, with 51 percent. Support for Mr. Kerry was highest among those majoring in the arts and humanities, at 66 percent.

The survey showed that there was a spike in college-student voting, said William A. Galston, the director of CIRCLE. Though students favored Mr. Kerry, Democrats aren’t always assured of those votes.

A version of this article appeared in the January 05, 2005 edition of Education Week