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Bush Addresses Education in Santa Ana, California

Aired September 14, 2000 - 12:19 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

JEANNE MESERVE, CNN ANCHOR: What are the candidates doing today? George W. Bush is in Santa Ana, California talking education.

Let's listen in.

(JOINED IN PROGRESS)

GOV. GEORGE W. BUSH (R-TX), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: ... measured. Because if you don't measure, you don't know. See, if you don't hold people accountable, if you don't say, are you learning, it is very difficult to change. It's very difficult to address problems. Maybe this has happened to some of your classmates, but sometimes in our systems, people just get moved through, they just get shuffled through the system, whether or not they can read and write and add and subtract. That's not right and that is not fair.

I think another important think is to trust local people, trust school board members, trust principals to chart the path to excellence. Not have a system so dominated by the centralized authority that it provides convenient excuses for failures.

What I am telling you is there's a strategy. I have got a strategy to make sure the public education system fulfills its promise.

In our state of Texas, I'm proud to report, as a result of looking at results, we lead the nation. We are in the top 10 in every single category.

MESERVE: George W. Bush talking education in the state of California today.

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