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Following are remarks by President Bush today at the White House East Room during a discussion with educators from several states on how they are implementing the requirements of the historic No Child Left Behind Act.

President Bush Praises State & Local Educators for Partnership on Education Reform

We've also got to make sure that the school -- the accountability system insists that the ?? that [sic] each child is recognized. There's a fancy word for it, called "disaggregation of data." I don't want to disturb the press corps by using a long word. (Laughter.) I know what it means. (Laughter.)

You see, we've got to make sure that we focus on an individual basis. This idea of lumping people into large groups of people will diminish the capacity of an accountability system to make sure no child is left behind. The state of Florida has been on the leading edge of making sure the accountability system is -- challenges the soft bigotry of low expectations. And I want to thank Jim for coming -- and tell the governor hello.(Laughter.)

— George W. Bush
Committee on Education and the Workforce
September 4, 2002


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