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Bush Education Plan Diluted

Thursday, 03 May 2001 12:00 AM

Republicans signaled that the final bill might not look as much like Bush's proposal as the GOP would like.

"The whole loaf is probably not available," said Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa.

Former Education Secretary William Bennett urged the president to fight for the key tenets of his bill.

"This is a signature issue," Bennett said. "I call on the president to fight for it. I know the president wants to get a bill signed, but we need to get a good bill signed."

The Senate Thursday began debating amendments to the bill, and Democrats signaled immediately that they would push the Senate to spend billions more than Republicans want.

"As sure as money is not all of the answer, it certainly is part of the answer," said Sen. Robert Torricelli, D-N.J. "Accountability will not fix leaking roofs."

A House education panel run by Republicans Wednesday voted 27-20 to strip the voucher program advocated by Bush.

"I am disappointed that this amendment to remove private school choice from the president's education plan was successful," said House Education Committee Chairman Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio. Boehner said he would try to reverse the defeat on the House floor.

But bipartisan negotiators in the Senate have reached an apparent agreement on how to require states to conduct school testing and boost accountability. States will develop standardized tests as Bush has called for and would use a system to emphasize improvements for disadvantaged populations.

Republicans noted that they have already agreed to spend billions more on "Title I" education programs targeted at disadvantaged students than ever before.

"We will be putting more money in for Title I for disadvantaged students then we may have ever seen," Sen. Bill Frist, R-Tenn., said.

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