Standards

The Federal Government, States, and Standards: A 25-Year Partnership?

Twenty-five years ago this month, President George H.W. Bush and the nation’s governors gathered for a two-day summit in Charlottesville, Va., to discuss a single policy issue—education. The Sept. 27-28, 1989, gathering was a crucial point in the push for standards-based education accountability.

President George H.W. Bush, U.S. Secretary of Education Lauro F. Cavazos, center, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, right, and Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton, behind right, arrive for ceremonies concluding Mr. Bush’s 1989 education summit with state governors in Charlottesville, Va.
President George H.W. Bush, U.S. Secretary of Education Lauro F. Cavazos, center, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, right, and Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton, behind right, arrive for ceremonies concluding Mr. Bush’s 1989 education summit with state governors in Charlottesville, Va.
--Doug Mills/AP-File
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Education Additional Resources
Further your understanding of the Education Summit with these additional resources.
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Standards Timeline: Fueling the Push for Education Standards
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Standards Key Players of the 1989 Education Summit
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Vol. 34, Issue 05