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Highlights of Bush's Education Proposals

Highlights of President Bush's second-term education proposals:

--Expand the No Child Left Behind law by requiring two more years of testing in reading and math in high school, which would mean annual state testing in grades three to 11. He says he will request an additional $250 million a year for the tests.

--Create a $500 million fund for states and school districts that choose to reward effective teachers.

--Require that national tests in reading and math be given to representative samples of 12th-graders in every state every two years. The National Assessment of Educational Progress is already required in grades four and eight in every state.

--Provide $50 million to encourage private-school vouchers in local communities. Bush led the way for the nation's first federally backed vouchers in the District of Columbia.

--Expand the Reading First program to ensure teachers are trained in research-based instruction to help young children read. His latest spending request is $1.26 billion.

--Add academic rigor to vocational programs by requiring states that receive federal money to offer four years of English, three years of math and science and three-and-a-half years of social studies. He proposes to trim spending from $1.3 billion to $1 billion.

--Add $33 million to the Pell Grant program for poor students who take rigorous high school courses and then enroll full-time in college. They would earn up to an additional $1,000 per year of aid for their first two years. the maximum yearly award is now $4,050.

--Expand loan forgiveness from $5,000 to $17,500 for math, science and special education teachers who teach in schools in poor communities.

--Expand from $149 million to $269 million a math and science partnership program to jump start the math skills of high school students who are in danger of dropping out.

— Associated Press
Boston Globe


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