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."