Sussex County Delaware

Carper, Castle to
Meet With Bush

U.S. Presidential Election ...

Joining Other Legislators
in Meeting on Education

U.S. Congressman Michael N. Castle and U.S. Senator-Elect Thomas R. Carper will join other legislators from across the country in a meeting with President-Elect George W. Bush on education issues on Thursday, Dec. 21, 2000.

Castle, a Republican, and Carper, a Democrat, will represent Delawareans in Austin, Texas, in what is being called a bi-partisan roundtable discussion on academic excellence.

Among the issues to be discussed are Bush's proposals to increase local control of schools and institute greater accountability.

"I look forward to traveling to Texas to meet with our new President to discuss an issue that affects all our families and transcends party lines -- the education of our children," said Castle.

"When I spoke with President-Elect Bush a few weeks ago, we discussed the very important issues of teacher training, education research, and the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Education policy was the crux of President Bush's campaign and his achievements in Texas and it will be one of the top issues we will focus on come January."

Carper said no other issue has bee more important to him than education during his two terms as Delaware's governor. He said it is an issue of critical importance to the nation, as well.

"I look forward to talking with President-Elect Bush about how results-oriented members of Congress -- such as Congressman Castle and myself -- can work with him and his team to develop a bi-partisan education reform package," said Carper.

Castle chairs the House Education Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Youth and Families. He said he will continue to focus on reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The act contains the bulk of federal K-12 educational programs, ranging from aid to disadvantaged students to education technology and after-school programs.

Carper led passage of comprehensive education reform efforts in Delaware including controversial student and teacher accountability legislation. As chairman of the National Governors Association, Carper focused on raising student achievement through technology in 1999.

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