William J. Bennett

Education Bennett: School Clinics' 'Lesson' Wrong
U.S. Secretary of Education William J. Bennett has charged that school-based health clinics that dispense birth-control information and contraceptives "legitimate" undesirable sexual behavior and encourage students who "do not have sexual intimacy on their minds to have it on their minds."
Elizabeth Rose, January 10, 2020
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Education Bennett Overruled Reviewers of Grants
Proposals for at least 15 of the 34 discretionary grants recently awarded by Secretary of Education William J. Bennett were rated lower than some of the eventual losers by peer-review panels, it was disclosed last week.
James Hertling, November 7, 2019
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Education Bennett Lauds Catholic Schools
Following are excerpts from u.s. Secretary of Education William J. Bennett's speech last week to the convention of the National Catholic Educational Association in Anaheim, Calif. It was entitled, "Rocks of Constancy: Catholic Schools in American Cities."
William J. Bennett, August 6, 2019
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Education Bennett Proposes Bilingual Legislation
Seeking to promote alternatives to transitional bilingual education, the Reagan Administration has asked the Congress to lift the current limit on funding for English-only methods of instructing language-minority children.
James Crawford, July 9, 2019
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Education Bennett Declares War on Drugs in School
Secretary of Education William J. Bennett, announcing an initiative to help counter drug abuse among students, has urged the states to consider "all law-enforcement methods"—including use of the National Guard—as potential weapons against drugs in the nation's schools.
James Hertling, July 3, 2019
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President Ronald Reagan looks on as Attorney General William French Smith swears-in three new secretaries, including Secretary of Education William Bennett (left) at the White House, Thursday, Feb. 7, 1985 in Washington.
President Ronald Reagan looks on as Attorney General William French Smith swears-in three new secretaries, including Secretary of Education William Bennett (left) at the White House, Thursday, Feb. 7, 1985 in Washington.
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Federal Explainer William J. Bennett, Third U.S. Education Secretary: Biography and Achievements
Background and highlights of William J. Bennett's tenure as the third U.S. Secretary of Education.
Education Week Library, August 18, 2017
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Every Student Succeeds Act Ex-Education Secretary William J. Bennett Urges GOP to 'Seize the Day' on ESSA
A new education policy group led by the former secretary wants to ensure that state Republican lawmakers stick to conservative principles as they implement the Every Student Succeeds Act.
Andrew Ujifusa, July 26, 2016
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School & District Management Bennett Quits K12 Inc. Under Fire
Former U.S. Secretary of Education William J. Bennett abruptly resigned last week from the education company K12 Inc. after his racially charged remarks on abortion and crime sparked a firestorm of criticism.
Rhea R. Borja, October 11, 2005
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Education Countering William J. Bennett
In testimony before the House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee in January, former National Endowment for the Humanities Chairman William J. Bennett insulted the intelligence of teachers in the schools and especially participants in such neh programs as the Summer Seminar for School Teachers. Mr. Bennett testified that works studied in the program were being "Marxized, feminized, deconstructed, and politicized."
Ron Briley, October 11, 1995
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Education Advice From Bennett and Alexander: Consolidate

Washington


The House Republican leadership has turned to two former secretaries of education for advice.
November 23, 1994
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Education Bennett To Resign 'Drug Czar' Post
William J. Bennett, the combative and controversial former Secretary of Education, announced last week that he was resigning his position as the federal government's first drug-policy director.
November 14, 1990
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Education Cavazos, Bennett, and Bell: First Steps
Following is a summary of the early initiatives of Secretary of Education Lauro F. Cavazos and his two Reagan Administration predecessors. A well-received package of regulatory, legislative, and administrative measures designed to reduce student-loan defaults.
Julie A. Miller, June 21, 1989
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Education Bennett Names Members of NAEP Board
Washington--The 23 members of the new and more powerful governing board of the revamped National Assessment of Education Progress were appointed by Secretary of Education William J. Bennett last week.

The panelists will have substantially more authority over the test's content and the way the results are reported than did the members of naep's previous governing board, the Assessment Policy Committee.

September 21, 1988
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Education Bennett, Bloom Will Create Education Research Center
Washington--Secretary of Education William J. Bennett plans to team up with Allan Bloom, the University of Chicago scholar, to form a research center to study liberal-arts education and other public-Education Department officials said last week.
September 21, 1988
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