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“Health­care re­form has sucked all of the oxy­gen out of Wash­ing­ton th­ese days. But ed­u­ca­tion could turn out to be the most pro­foundly suc­cess­ful do­mes­tic ini­tia­tive of the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion. The pres­i­dent … has dan­gled $4.35 bil­lion, avail­able to states that hike stan­dards, de­mand ac­count­abil­ity for teach­ers and ad­min­is­tra­tors, and pro­mote in­no­va­tions such as char­ter schools. … If you’re keep­ing score, some busi­ness leaders have ap­plauded Obama’s plan, while leaders of the Na­tional Ed­u­ca­tion As­so­ci­a­tion and the Amer­i­can Fed­er­a­tion of Teach­ers have been crit­i­cal. That sug­gests ed­u­ca­tion re­form, un­like health­care re­form, has a chance to draw bi­par­ti­san sup­port.”

—Chicago Tri­bune “The rea­son for de­clin­ing ac­cess? Our politi­cians’ ig­no­min­ious fail­ure over the last half-cen­tury to pro­vide uni­ver­sal health­care, de­spite the ef­forts of Demo­cratic and Repub­li­can pres­i­dents alike to pass it. It’s as­ton­ish­ing that Repub­li­cans to­day are lined up over­whelm­ingly against a health­care pack­age that is more mod­est and moderate than that Richard Nixon pro­posed in the early ’70s.”

—Ni­cholas Kristof in the New York Times

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