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Article by George W. Bush Presidential Center August 23, 2013 //   2 minute read

A recent Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll finds that 75 percent of parents believe standardized tests are a solid measure of their children's abilities, and 69 percent believe such accountability measures are a good indicator of school quality.  Parents and our Education Reform team agree - accountability works.

Economic Growth Fellow Bernard Weinstein writes for National Journal on the bright future for renewable energy. But while wind, solar and hydropower capacities are growing, Weinstein stresses fossil fuels will remain our primary energy sources for the foreseeable future, both in the U.S. and around the world.

The Human Freedom team is reading a piece in The New York Times about a new United Nations panel charged with investigating human rights abuses in North Korea. The panel helps shed light on human rights violations and allows defectors and refugees from North Korea to tell their stories.  

The Christian-Science Monitor this week features Dr. Sakena Yacoobi, who participated in the George W. Bush Institute's "Educating and Empowering the Women and Girls of Afghansitan" in March 2010.  Her message is clear - education is vital to the future of Afghanistan. She founded the Afghan Institute of Learning after she returned to her native country from studying and working abroad. Launched in 1995, AIL supported 80 underground home schools for 3,000 girls during the Taliban years. Today, it works with communities to find inventive ways to deliver education, especially to those who find that their roles as mothers and wives cut off access to schooling.