The Bush Agenda

President Bush has won a second term in the White House in a hard-fought race with Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts. Below is a selection of key stories from our archives on Mr. Bush's record and initiatives in education policy.

For the second year in a row, President Bush has proposed to eliminate funding for the Safe and Drug Free Schools program, which funnels money to nearly every school district in the country. The program, which has a budget of $345.5 million in fiscal 2006, is one of 42 Department of Education programs, totaling $3.5 billion, the president has proposed zeroing out in his 2007 budget.
March 1, 2006 – Education Week

A White House proposal to bring math, science, and engineering professionals into public high schools to teach those subjects could bypass the “highly qualified” teacher mandate under the No Child Left Behind Act, while only temporarily easing the shortfall of mathematics and science teachers, education observers say.
March 1, 2006 – Education Week

A $272 million program to help states and school districts use technology for education would be axed under President Bush’s fiscal 2007 budget, partly because the White House says it lacks rigorous data on its effectiveness.
March 1, 2006 – Education Week

A $100 million private-school-voucher plan proposed by President Bush would have to leap several hurdles to become reality, but its supporters hope that recent political advances for their cause and a link to the No Child Left Behind Act will help it avoid defeat this time around.
February 22, 2006 – Education Week

President Bush’s proposed budget for the coming fiscal year includes a first: school improvement grants to help state education departments turn around schools and districts identified as needing improvement under the No Child Left Behind Act.
February 17, 2006 – Education Week

The Bush administration is trying to take a more aggressive role in strengthening math education, using its sweeping, and sometimes controversial, endeavors in reading as a guide.
February 15, 2006 – Education Week

President Bush will enter his second term with a range of campaign plans on education. But one thing is clear: The controversial No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, his signature initiative for schools, is here to stay.
November 10, 2004 – Education Week

President Bush, who touted campaign plans to build on his bipartisan No Child Left Behind Act with new measures aimed at the secondary school level, has won a second term in the White House in a hard-fought race with Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts. The Democratic challenger called Mr. Bush to concede late on the morning of Nov. 3.
November 3, 2004 – Education Week (Web)

As President Bush debated Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts, his Democratic opponent for the White House, in their final campaign face-off last week, he told the audience, "Reading is the new civil right."
October 20, 2004 – Education Week

There’s no doubt that the two major-party candidates in the hard-fought 2004 presidential contest part company on some education issues. But it’s striking how much ground they seem to share on the fundamentals of policy.
October 13, 2004 – Education Week

The No Child Left Behind Act has been the hallmark of President Bush’s education agenda and one of his most-touted domestic achievements as he campaigns for a second term.
September 29, 2004 – Education Week

President Bush begins the crucial stretch of his bid for a second term with plans to build on the No Child Left Behind Act by expanding educational accountability in the high school grades.
September 8, 2004 – Education Week

Election 2004President Bush issued a pointed rebuttal last week to critics of the No Child Left Behind Act, rejecting arguments that the law heaps unrealistic demands on schools and vowing to oppose any efforts to weaken it.
May 19, 2004 – Education Week

The chief school officers of 35 states are predicting their relationship with President Bush’s administration will improve after a two-hour White House meeting with the president and his top domestic-policy aides last week.
March 31, 2004 – Education Week

The Department of Education budget request announced by President Bush last week is surely the envy of most members of his Cabinet, even while critics lambasted it as inadequate to meet the nation's educational needs. Includes a table, "Bush Budget on Education," and an accompanying story, "Budget Plans for Other Agencies Would Affect Children and Schools."
February 11, 2004 – Education Week

President Bush homed in on the needs of older students, in his State of the Union Address last week, as he rolled out a set of proposals he says would help struggling students and produce a more highly skilled workforce. Includes highlights from his speech, "Bush on Education."
January 28, 2004 – Education Week

President Bush voices strong support for Catholic schools, claiming that they "have proven record of bringing out the best in every child, regardless of their background." His praise for Catholic educators was also aimed in part at attracting Catholic voters in the year's presidential election, political analysts said.
January 21, 2004 – Education Week

President Bush celebrated the second anniversary of one of his signature domestic achievements last week, as he trumpeted two schools he believes have begun to live up to the promise of the No Child Left Behind Act.
January 14, 2004 – Education Week

At a national Head Start meeting last week, Bush administration officials attempted to reassure hundreds of program leaders that a new accountability system would not harm their schools.
January 22, 2003 – Education Week

Elsie Thomas, a preschool teacher at the Miramonte Early Education Center here, holds up a book titled Store as she leads a circle of 24 children in a discussion. Together, they determine that shoes come from a shoe store and toys from a toy store.
February 20, 2002 – Education Week

The sweeping education plan proposed by President Bush last week reflects a growing political consensus that the federal government should step up the pressure on states and school districts to improve academic achievement.
January 31, 2001 – Education Week

President Bush's drumbeat for testing and accountability in education could require more than half the states to greatly expand their testing programs.
January 31, 2001 – Education Week

In his first major policy initiative since moving into the White House, President Bush has unveiled a comprehensive education plan that would hold states accountable for student performance based on annual assessments, but would give schools more flexibility in meeting federal regulations.
January 23, 2001 – Education Week

Not the typical Republican presidential candidate, George W. Bush wants to create a brand-new federal reading program.
April 5, 2000 – Education Week

Chat Transcript

Read the transcript of our Sept. 15, 2004, online chat with Bush campaign education advisor Sandy Kress.

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