Wrong Turn on School Reform

Shuffle NEW - Frederick M. Hess Shuffle NEW - Frederick M. Hess In the run-up to the 2000 presidential election, candidate George W. Bush and his advisors made a strategic decision to appropriate educational rhetoric generally associated with Democrats and the left. This decision helped Bush present himself as "different kind of Republican" and a "compassionate conservative" and to dramatically narrow the Democrats' traditional advantage on education, particularly among suburban women. This was critical in helping to win the election.

But Bush didn't stop there.

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Frederick M. Hess is the director of education policy studies at AEI. Michael J. Petrilli is a vice president at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute.

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