ERIC Number: EJ759411
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jan-19
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Spellings' Resume Brings New Twist to Secretary Post
Robelen, Erik W.
Education Week, v24 n19 p1, 26 Jan 2005
Margaret Spellings, 47, was named in November by President Bush to replace Education Secretary Rod Paige, who tendered his resignation shortly after the 2004 election. Spellings has won strong votes of confidence from both sides of the political aisle, as well as from national education groups. And yet, at least some educators outside the Washington political and policy orbit have misgivings about the background she'll bring to the job. Spellings was considered a principal architect of Bush's education agenda during his first term, especially the No Child Left Behind Act, his flagship initiative. Spellings has been the president's top domestic-policy adviser since he entered the White House, but their work together goes back much further. When he was the governor of Texas, Spellings was his chief education aide, and she worked on his election campaigns, including his 2000 presidential bid. Before that, she was the chief lobbyist for the Texas Association of School Boards. She also worked on education matters as an aide in the Texas legislature. Spellings earned a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Houston. She would be the first U.S. education secretary without an advanced degree. However, two former education secretaries interviewed suggested that such degrees and experience are not necessarily a recipe for success.
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Identifiers - Location: Texas; Washington
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001