News in Brief: A Washington Roundup

May 02, 2001 1 min read

Bush Approval Rating Shaky
In Scholastic’s Internet Poll

President Bush has some work to do with the 5-foot-and-under demographic, at least according to an unscientific poll from the children’s publishing company Scholastic Inc.

Just 47 percent of those responding to Scholastic’s Internet poll by last week said they approved of the job Mr. Bush has done during his first 100 days in office. The polling site on the Web did not specify a maximum age for respondents, so some adults could have slipped in responses among the 95,000 or so votes.

Mr. Bush has done better in recent polls among adults, with typically just over 60 percent saying they approve of the job he’s doing.

Mr. Bush has tended to get more votes among men than women. Not so in the Scholastic poll, in which 64 percent of the girls gave him a thumbs up. Just 27 percent of the boys approved of his performance so far.

—Ben Wear

Cohen To Become Aspen Institute Fellow

Former Clinton administration education aide Michael Cohen will take his expertise to the Aspen Institute, the think tank announced last week.

Mr. Cohen will be a senior fellow in the Aspen, Colo.-based group’s Program on Education in a Changing Society. He will work on projects such as high school leadership, the student-achievement gap, and urban schools. The institute is known for its work on global issues and social policy.

Mr. Cohen held a variety of jobs in the Department of Education and the White House during President Clinton’s eight-year tenure. He served as an education adviser to Mr. Clinton and had a stint as the department’s assistant secretary for elementary and secondary education.

He was instrumental in such policy initiatives as the administration’s push to hire 100,000 new teachers.

Before joining the Clinton team, Mr. Cohen’s career included work as the education policy director for the National Governors Association

—Joetta L. Sack

A version of this article appeared in the May 02, 2001 edition of Education Week as News in Brief: A Washington Roundup