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Caroline Kennedy Criticizes Bush Record on Education

By Michelle R. Davis — October 12, 2004 1 min read

The daughter of the late President John F. Kennedy blasted President Bush’s education record last week as she toured a Head Start program in Iowa.

Caroline Kennedy visited a Des Moines elementary school Oct. 4 and lamented what she called the inadequacy of funding for the No Child Left Behind Act.

“George Bush has broken his promise to America’s schools by consistently underfunding the No Child Left Behind law,” Ms. Kennedy said, according to a release from the Iowa Democratic Party. “John Kerry will make America stronger by making a new commitment to America’s schools and students.”

In August, Ms. Kennedy stepped down from her post as the chief executive of the office of strategic partnerships in the New York City public school system, where since 2002 she had drawn a salary of $1 per year and helped raise millions in private donations for the district.

Last week, Ms. Kennedy lauded Sen. Kerry’s plan to establish a National Education Trust Fund to reward schools and states that meet education goals.

Gov. Tom Vilsack of Iowa, a Democrat, was also at the event and argued that President Bush has failed to provide millions of dollars in funding needed to comply with the No Child Left Behind Act.

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