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A Watershed Moment
Yesterday, President Bush announced that all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia now have in place accountability plans outlining how they will achieve the goal of making sure every child in America is learning. Following are excerpts from the remarks made by President Bush and Secretary Paige:

President Bush

"The era of low expectations and low standards is ending; a time of great hopes and proven results is arriving. And together, we are keeping a pledge: Every child in America will learn, and no child will be left behind."

"Keep in mind that in January of 2001, only 11 states were in compliance with a 1994 education law. Every state, plus Puerto Rico and the District, are now complying with the No Child Left Behind Act after one year."

"It's an exciting time for American education, it really is. We're facing challenges, but we have the blueprint for success. The No Child Left Behind Act charts the way for a better tomorrow. We've also got a greater advantage than the law. We have got the will and the character of the American people. Parents and teachers and principals and education chiefs are making good on our promise to leave no child behind. We will continue to stand with them as they help the next generation realize the greatness of our country."

Secretary Paige

"This is more than a significant moment for education in America. This is a watershed moment. The Renaissance in American education that lies at the heart of this law is now underway. This is a time unlike any other in the history of education in America. Today we--all of us--embrace a moral cause that has become national policy in every state: A moral cause that says we will no longer close our eyes to a problem nor turn our back on any child."

"Never before has a President of the United States invested so much in the education of our children. And never before has our nation responded with such enthusiasm. Just as we as a nation have always pulled together to ensure our freedom, we are now pulling together to ensure our children are educated. What this says is: Americans have heard President Bush's call to leave no child behind, and they are joining forces with him to see that the mission is accomplished."

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