Senator Ted Kennedy : Education Reform

1588 Words May 2nd, 2016 7 Pages
On December 21, 2000 President-elect Bush met with key congressional in Austin, TX to discuss education reform (Broder,2001.) Republicans and Moderate Democrats attended the luncheon and Bush asked them to dedicate themselves to passing bipartisan education reform over the next several months (Debray,2006.) Notably absent from this initial meeting was Senator Ted Kennedy(D-MA) an early sign that Bush intended to rely on a coalition of New Democrats and Republicans to push through bipartisan education reform. On his second day in office, Bush sent to Congress a 28-page education blue print based on his campaign proposals and four broad principles; “increasing accountability for student performance,” “focus on what works,” “reduce bureaucracy and increase flexibility,” and “empower parents”(Levin, DiSalvo and Martin, 2012.).” The legislative blueprint borrowed liberally from several competing proposals made in the final years of the Clinton administration (Rudalevige, 2006.) Furthermore, by opting to merely sketch out his reform ideas, Bush retained the flexibility to negotiate with all players in Congress and by focusing on broad goals such as accountability and flexibility could claim credit for negotiating in a bipartisan manner (Angerholzer and McGuinn, 2014.) Ultimately, this flexibility proved crucial to the bills success.
The 107th Congress was split evenly between Republicans and Democrats in the Senate. Republicans however, organized the body as Vice President Cheney…
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