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Action Items: The Bush Institute Blog
On November 12, former President Bush announced the appointment of our first four Fellows. I am excited not only because we are in business, but in our Education area of focus, we will have put in place one of the strongest teams in the whole field of educational reform. Our new Fellows Jim Guthrie and Sandy Kress are perfect examples of the George W. Bush Institute’s credo: ideas into action. Sandy Kress, a lawyer with an interest in school reform, became the driving force behind one of the very first implementations of a school accountability system in America, right here in Dallas in 1996. His dream became a reality for hundreds of thousands of Dallas schoolchildren – and was further realized in the No Child Left Behind Act of 2002. And Jim Guthrie’s ideas have been driving change in schools, in law, and in educational theory for decades. His meticulous research has pointed out to school leaders and politicians which ideas work – and which do not. A good example is his important new article in Education Next, which we reprint on our web site. I look forward to telling you more about the work that Jim and Sandy will be doing at the Bush Institute after January 1, 2010.