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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
May 6, 2002

Fact Sheet: President Highlights Next Step of Education Reform

This Week's Presidential Action

President Bush will highlight the next important step in education reform -- translating legislative action into results in the classroom -- by stressing the need for increased accountability, improved teacher quality, more parental involvement and a focus on reading in our nation's public schools.

In Michigan and Wisconsin, President Bush will join Education Secretary Rod Paige's 25-city "No Child Left Behind" Tour Across America. As part of the tour, the President will meet with students, teachers, principals, parents and community leaders to talk about the important roles they play in improving our nation's schools.

Background on the No Child Left Behind Tour Across America

President Bush signed the cornerstone of his education agenda -- the No Child Left Behind Act -- into law on January 8, 2002. As a result of the No Child Left Behind Act, states and school districts will develop strong accountability systems to ensure that every child in America is receiving a quality education. States and school districts will receive additional flexibility and reduced federal red tape through the ability to transfer and consolidate funds to encourage innovation. To achieve the goal of higher student performance, the new law requires a "highly qualified" teacher in every classroom. Additionally, parents will have access to more information about how well their local school is performing, and new options to have more control over their children's education. And, every school in America will have new tools to ensure that children can learn to read.

The No Child Left Behind Act is the most sweeping reform of the educational system in a generation, and it will result in significant changes at the state, school district and classroom levels. On April 8, Education Secretary Rod Paige announced a 25-city nationwide tour to increase public awareness of these new changes -- and to encourage parents, teachers, principals and community leaders to take an active role in implementing education reform. As part of this public awareness effort, the Department of Education has prepared specific information available through a web site ( and guidebooks to help parents, teachers, principals, local and state officials and community leaders.

President Bush will meet with parents, teachers, school administrators and community leaders to encourage their involvement in implementing school reform. The President will focus on:

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