Massachusetts governor wants schools to be graded
October 9, 1999
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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Massachusetts Gov. Paul Cellucci
on Saturday called on the nation to take "bold steps" to reform schools by holding teachers, students, and school
administrators accountable for how well they perform.
"Democrats ... such as Vice President Al Gore, are fighting to preserve the status quo and protect an educational system
that is failing our kids," Cellucci said in the Republicans'
weekly radio address. "But Republican governors are taking
bold steps and forcing real change in our schools."
Cellucci praised Texas Gov. George W. Bush, a Republican
presidential candidate. Bush, he said, "has ended social
promotion and put in place a tough accountability system that
has produced dramatic increases in test scores."
He praised other Republican governors for reforms that
include charter schools, school choice, and accountability.
Cellucci said his state was planning to issue report cards
that grade schools on student performance to help pinpoint
underperforming schools and help them "make the grade."
He said giving states and local school districts more power to make significant changes would encourage school reform.
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Saturday, October 9, 1999