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"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free....... ~Ronald Reagan~

Sunday, May 07, 2006

No Child...Or Dog Left Behind

In 2002, President Bush caved in to Sen. Edward Kennedy and his teachers-union supporters by signing a gutted version of the No Child Left Behind Act -- one that left out the crucial elements of school choice. At the time, we [WSJ] put it down to a presidential longing for the mantle of bipartisanship. Who knew that some of the blame also rests with a dog? A press release this week announces a photo op involving Sen. Kennedy, some children and the senator's constant companion, a Portuguese water dog named Splash. So constant, the release continues, that the animal even attended the conference committee meeting about No Child Left Behind: "When the debate got heated, one bark from Splash broke the tension and the two sides finally worked out a bill they could agree on." So the next time somebody wonders aloud why Johnny can't read, you can sagely reply: "Ask Teddy's dog."
Source: Wall Street Journal (subscription)

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