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Education Pick Comes from Inside Bush Circle

Margaret Spellings has deep Texas roots in educational reform, the model for 2002 No Child Left Behind Act.

by Gail Russell Chaddock

WASHINGTON -- It's a studied art to be both influential and little known in official Washington, and Margaret Spellings, the president's nominee to be next US Secretary of Education, has mastered it well.

A close Bush aide for the past decade, most recently as assistant to the president for domestic policy, Ms. Spellings couldn't be picked out of a lineup by most of the nation's teachers, yet has had more to do with the new mandates in their classrooms than anyone in Washington. She also has the quality most valued in the Bush White House: unquestioned loyalty.

"She'll work for the president. There's no doubt about that," says Charles Miller, a Houston investor who worked closely with Mr. Bush and Spellings on education reform in Texas. "As Education Secretary, she'll be talking about his policies and what he wants, and they'll be in sync." . . . .

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— Gail Russell Chaddock
Christian Science Monitor


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