The White House
President George W. Bush
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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
August 2, 2001

Remarks by the President
On Education
the Oval Office

2:51 P.M. EDT

     THE PRESIDENT:  Listen, thank you all for coming.  It's my honor to meet with the Senate conferees and the Chairman of the Education Committee in the House and, of course, the Secretary of Education to discuss the Conference Committee on Education and the education reform package, and how best to -- what I can do to help move the bill, and to work with the members to get a -- to continue the spirit of reform that was a part of the Senate bill and the House bill.

     Today, one of the things that I hope the nation notices is that the NAEP is out, the National Assessment statistics.  And one of the things -- one of the powerful statistics is that states that use strong accountability systems, states that measure, states that say every child could matter are the states that perform best when it comes to teaching children the basic skills, in this case math.  It so happened to be that one of those states was Texas, the other was North Carolina.

     But it is a strong message to the advocates for reform who sit here in the Oval Office, strong message for the members who doubt whether or not accountability is important; that accountability is crucial for reform. And after all, we're all united in making sure every child can learn in America, and no child, not one child is left behind.

     So I want to thank the members for coming.  I'm hopeful that we can get a bill on my desk as soon as possible.  I know that's the intent of the two Chairmen.  And when I do -- when it is, and when I sign it, it will be really good for the public education of the country.

     Thank you all for coming.

                           END       2:53 P.M. EDT

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