Education Dept. Enters Political Stage in Iowa

Hoff, David J.
November 2003
Education Week;11/19/2003, Vol. 23 Issue 12, p1
U.S. President George W. Bush's signature education program entered the spotlight last week in Iowa, a state that is playing a central role in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination and will be a key battleground in the 2004 general election. U.S. Department of Education officials say that four "town hall" meetings held in the state were part of their efforts to explain the No Child Left Behind Act. Observers suggested that the meetings were an attempt by the Bush administration to highlight one of its chief domestic-policy achievements in Iowa at a time when Democratic presidential contenders are barnstorming the state, with some sharply criticizing the law.


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