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 October, 2000

School Thoughts (14.4 | 28.8)
All Things Considered, October 26, 2000

Throughout this campaign year, education has ranked among the top concerns of voters -- especially those suburban women who often cross party lines and decide electoral outcomes. NPR's David Welna went to the Chicago suburb of Arlington Heights to talk to moms with school-age children in a neighborhood George W. Bush visited this week.

 September, 2000
Education Recession (14.4 | 28.8)
Morning Edition, September 26, 2000
NPR's Andy Bowers reports on Republican Presidential candidate George W. Bush's claim that America is 'suffering from an education recession.' Bush hopes to use his criticism of the Clinton-Gore administration education policies to win the support of female voters.

Daniel Koretz on Education (14.4 | 28.8)
Morning Edition, September 26, 2000
Host Mike Shuster talks to Daniel Koretz, a senior social scientist at the Rand Corporation, who questions Bush's attacks on Gore's education policies.

Win a Computer for Voting (14.4 | 28.8)
Morning Edition, September 26, 2000

NPR's Mandelit del Barco reports from Los Angeles that organizers of a school voucher ballot measure in California, called Proposition 38, are offering free computers and free vacations to attract potential voters.

Gore's Campaign in Middle America (14.4 | 28.8)
Morning Edition, September 14, 2000

NPR's Anthony Brooks reports that Vice President Al Gore is spending the week campaigning in middle America. Yesterday the Vice President spoke at a high school in Middletown, Ohio, where he and Senator Joe Lieberman talked about their plans to improve education.

 August, 2000
Bush in Wisconsin and Iowa (14.4 | 28.8)
Morning Edition, August 22, 2000
NPR's Peter Kenyon reports on George W. Bush's campaign stops in Wisconsin and Iowa yesterday. While visiting schools and veterans, the Texas governor has been speaking to voters about education and military spending.

 July, 2000
GOP Platform (14.4 | 28.8)
Weekend All Things Considered, July 29, 2000
Host Jacki Lyden talks to NPR's Peter Kenyon in Philadelphia, where Republicans are finalizing the 2000 GOP Platform. Except for the controversy over abortion, this year's platform has been softened and toned down from the party's statements in 1996. It reflects the tight hold the George W. Bush campaign has had over this year's convention.

Education Alternatives (14.4 | 28.8)
All Things Considered, July 11, 2000
NPR's Claudio Sanchez reports on a new media campaign designed to provoke pre-election discussion about how to improve American education. Television commercials will advocate better choices for families of all income levels. The group that sponsors the campaign is led by businessman Ted Forstmann. Forstmann is "on record" advocating government-paid tuition vouchers.

Gore - NEA (14.4 | 28.8)
All Things Considered, July 6, 2000
The National Education Association, the nation's largest teachers' union, today gave its presidential endorsement to Democratic Vice President Al Gore, who was on hand at the union's convention to accept. The nod was no surprise, as the NEA usually backs Democrats. NPR's Claudio Sanchez reports.

NEA Annual Convention (14.4 | 28.8)
Morning Edition, July 5, 2000
NPR's Claudio Sanchez reports that the National Education Association is having its annual convention in Chicago this week. Some members say the union's president made comments that were too political and that the NEA should stay out of the debates on gun control, gay rights and abortion.

 June, 2000
Bush-Gore in Ohio (14.4 | 28.8)
Weekend All Things Considered, June 17, 2000
NPR's Don Gonyea reports from the campaign trail in Ohio, where both Vice President Al Gore and Texas Governor George W. Bush are campaigning heavily. Ohio voters have gone with the winner in every Presidential election but one since 1952, and most analysts think this state is critical for both candidates.

 May, 2000
Bush and Minorities (14.4 | 28.8)
All Things Considered, May 24, 2000
Texas Governor George Bush campaigned today in a Catholic school that serves a nearly 100% African American community. Bush brought his message that education is today's civil rights fight to the heart of Democratic Detroit. It's all part of his effort to soften his image and reach across traditional party and racial lines. NPR's Don Gonyea reports.

Public Education Counts (14.4 | 28.8)
Morning Edition, May 10, 2000
NPR's Anthony Brooks reports that education is going to play a pivotal role in this year's presidential election. Both George W. Bush and Al Gore have developed plans to address that challenge. But surprisingly, even though the candidates differ on such issues as school vouchers and how much the federal government should spend to improve schools, they agree that Washington can play an important role in improving public education at all levels.

Bush's Views on Education (14.4 | 28.8)
Morning Edition, May 5, 2000
NPR's Andy Bowers reports on the impact a visit by George W. Bush had on a California school. Yesterday, parents and students alike crowded outside Carl Hankey Elementary school in Mission Viejo to see the candidate arrive. Bush used the school as a backdrop to talk about his views on education.

Women and Politics (14.4 | 28.8)
All Things Considered, May 5, 2000
Since the first Reagan Administration, political analysts have been talking about the "gender gap"--the edge the Democratic Party enjoyed with female voters. But NPR's Mara Liasson reports that in the 2000 presidential race, the presumptive Republican nominee, George W. Bush, has had some success in appealing to women.

 April, 2000
Gore Addresses Black Mayors (14.4 | 28.8)
Weekend Edition - Saturday, April 29, 2000
Al Gore spoke last night at conference of black mayors in Dallas. NPR's Anthony Brooks reports.

California Dreaming (14.4 | 28.8) All Things Considered, April 7, 2000
NPR's Andy Bowers reports on the campaign effort being made in California by George W. Bush, the likely GOP presidential nominee. Many Republicans fear that polls showing Al Gore with the lead might force Bush to abandon the state and its 54 electoral votes. But any pullout could affect GOP chances in the state's crucial congressional races.

 March, 2000
Bush Education (14.4 | 28.8)
All Things Considered, March 28, 2000
George W. Bush brought his presidential campaign to Northern Virginia today, where he pledged to make education his top priority. Bush proposed spending $5 billion over 5 years on literacy programs. Gore aides questioned the Texas governor's record on education.

Latest Campaign Ads (14.4 | 28.8)
All Things Considered, March 21, 2000
NPR White House Correspondent Mara Liasson reports on the latest round of campaign ads from Vice President Al Gore and Texas Governor George W. Bush. Gore and Bush are attacking each other by airing television ads criticizing each other's records on education.

Parents, Education & Candidates
All Things Considered, March 2, 2000
Host Linda Wertheimer went on the road to talk with voters about their views on the upcoming presidential contests. She met with a group of parents in Irvine, California, to talk about the presidential candidates, and various issues in their campaigns. These parents are members of the PTA for their children's schools, and they all agree education is an important issue. But for them the choice seems to come down to trust in a leader, and character.

 February, 2000
Students Hold Mock Convention
Weekend Edition Saturday, February 5, 2000
A mock political convention was held in New York City. And the participants, NYC high school students, took their role play quite seriously. NPR's Margot Adler reports.

 December, 1999
Students React to GOP Forum
Morning Edition, December 3, 2000
From New Hampshire Public Radio Doug MacPherson reports on the reactions of students who watched last night's GOP debate in New Hampshire.

 November, 1999
Young Campaigners
All Things Considered, November 24, 2000
A generation ago, a veritable children's crusade of college students campaigned in early primary states on behalf of presidential candidates opposed to the Vietnam War. It's been a while since any issue was that big on campus, but every presidential cycle still inspires a cohort of volunteers for candidates in both parties. NPR's Anthony Brooks reports on the current crop.

Bradley's Health Care Proposal
Morning Edition, November 9, 1999
From member station WBEZ in Chicago, Shirley Jahad reports on Democratic presidential candidate Bill Bradley's speech. He spoke before the American Public Health Association in Chicago about health care and defended the cost of his plan.

 October, 1999
Bush's Education Funding Plans
Morning Edition, October 6, 1999
From member station WNYC in New York, Andrea Bernstein reports that Texas Gov. George W. Bush delivered a speech yesterday on education at the Manhattan Institute, a conservative think tank. The Republican presidential candidate proposed rewarding schools with students who perform well on standardized tests by providing millions of dollars in federal funds. He also supports a voucher-like program for poor students.

 September, 1999
Candidates Court Home Schoolers
Weekend Edition Saturday, September 25, 1999
This past week, the convention for home-schoolers met in Washington, D.C. Appearances were made by three Republican presidential hopefuls, including George W. Bush. NPR's Mary Ann Akers reports on the promises they made.

Bush Outlines School Voucher Proposal
All Things Considered, September 8, 1999
NPR's Anthony Brooks reports from New Hampshire, site of the nation's first presidential primary, where Texas Gov. George W. Bush has been campaigning. The GOP front-runner has been trying to sell his plan to improve the nation's education system by taking funds from poorly-performing schools and giving the money directly to parents.

 August, 1999
Entrepreneurs, Politics & Education
Morning Edition, August 30, 1999
NPR's Steven Rosenfeld reports on wealthy entrepreneurs who spend big money to foster change through initiatives. These high rollers seem disinclined to run for office themselves, but want to effect change and have the bankroll to do it. Critics say it's an abuse of the electoral process, but supporters think it's an effective way to put important issues before the electorate -- issues that might otherwise get swallowed up in politics.

 February, 1999
School Overcrowding and Construction
All Things Considered, February 23, 1999
NPR's David Welna reports on school overcrowding in Chicago, a major issue for Chicago voters as they go to the polls Tuesday. The Clinton administration is proposing direct subsidies for new school construction around the nation. Experts say Congress is likely to approve federal funding for the plan this year.

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