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The E-Accountability Foundation announces the

'A for Accountability' Award

to those who are willing to whistleblow unjust, misleading, or false actions and claims of the politico-educational complex in order to bring about educational reform in favor of children of all races, intellectual ability and economic status. They ask questions that need to be asked, such as "where is the money?" and "Why does it have to be this way?" and they never give up. These people have withstood adversity and have held those who seem not to believe in honesty, integrity and compassion accountable for their actions. The winners of our "A" work to expose wrong-doing not for themselves, but for others - total strangers - for the "Greater Good"of the community and, by their actions, exemplify courage and self-less passion. They are parent advocates. We salute you.

Winners of the "A":

Johnnie Mae Allen
David Possner
Dee Alpert
Joan Klingsberg
Harris Lirtzman
Hipolito Colon
Jim Calantjis
Larry Fisher
The Giraffe Project and Giraffe Heroes' Program
Jimmy Kilpatrick and George Scott
Zach Kopplin
Matthew LaClair
Wangari Maathai
Erich Martel
Steve Orel, in memoriam, Interversity, and The World of Opportunity
Marla Ruzicka, in Memoriam
Nancy Swan
Bob Witanek
Peyton Wolcott
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Bush Plans to Extend NCLB's Testing and Training Rules to Secondary Schools
The Cato Institute objects.
The Cato Institute
January 12, 2005
Media Contact: (202) 789-5200


Federal education regulations should be left behind
Less federal intrusion will help America's schools

WASHINGTON--Speaking at a high school today in Virginia, President Bush introduced his plan to extend to secondary schools the federal testing and training rules of No Child Left Behind. David Salisbury, director of the Cato Institute's Center for Education Freedom, made the following comments regarding the president's proposal:

"While tougher standards for high schools are a good idea, Washington has never been good at providing remedies in an effective way. America's schools already suffer from too many mandates and too much bureaucracy. It would be much better for the president to advocate local measures, including more parental choice and competition among schools as a way to improve education. Empowering parents to make decisions about where their children go to school would improve high schools faster than a federally mandated testing program."

Cato education policy analyst Neal McCluskey adds that by extending the requirements to high schools, the president will compound the burden of rules and regulations on schools. "Instead of increasing its burdensome and unconstitutional intrusion in America's schools, the federal government should be getting out," he said.

Salisbury and McCluskey are available for interviews on the president's education initiatives. Contact the Cato media relations department at 202-789-5200 or to arrange an interview.

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