BUSH TIES SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT TO BETTER VALUE, NOT MORE MONEY
UNION, N.J. — President Bush said last week that his desire to be known as the education president does not mean massive infusions of money to improve schools. ``What we need is better value for what we spend,'' Bush said in remarks at an education conference at Union High School. Just two weeks after unveiling a $441 million education plan that was widely criticized as paltry, Bush countered that ``education reform suggests something much more fundamental than money.''
Bush said state, local and federal education spending already totaled $330 billion a year, ``more than we spend on defense'' and more than is spent by any other industrialized country.