Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Two good articles on Spellings

After searching all day, I finally found two decent articles about Margaret Spellings. Every paper in America was basically recycling the same AP story on her appointment to Education Secretary. But the Christian Science Monitor ran a story with some unique and interesting content. CSM asserts that her confirmation should be easy, pointing to a gushing quote from Sen. Ted Kennedy.

Still, the confirmation hearing will be interesting, if for no other reason than to hear how she answers -- or rather, dodges -- the questions about vouchers and school choice which will most certainly be asked. She'll have to appease the right wing while not driving the unions -- which have expressed hope to work with her -- absolutely crazy.

Here's another interesting article about Spellings' nomination from the Washington Times, which backs up an assertion I made earlier about Spellings' role compared with that of outgoing Secretary Rod Paige:

Administration officials, particularly at the Education Department, say Mrs. Spellings has been the drive behind the administration education policy throughout Mr. Bush's first term from the White House.

"Secretary Paige and this team at the department have been the implementers of an agenda orchestrated by Margaret and the president, which was handed to us," an aide to Mr. Paige said on the condition of anonymity.

"It makes good sense for her to come down here to continue the job of implementing and building nationally on No Child Left Behind," the aide said.

Continuity is the buzzword here. Continuity and loyalty. Spellings' loyalty to Bush is unquestioned; she will most certainly be a powerful voice for No Child Left Behind (NCLB), far more authoritative than the outgoing Secretary.

Update: Another article was just put online which will appear in tomorrow's New York Times and it greatly increased my respect for soon-to-be Secretary Spellings. It definitely shows she has good sense:

At the White House ceremony announcing her nomination, Mr. Rove, ... said he was once "brutally" turned down after asking Ms. Spellings for a date in the 1980's, ...


Blogger Superdestroyer said...

She has two kids and two step kids. I wonder where they go to school and want the cirriculum is at her own children's school.

I suspect that her own children go to elite private schools that do more than teach to the test.

5:29 PM  

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