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Posted at 7:41 PM ET, 03/15/2010

Former Bush official backs student loan reform

By Valerie Strauss

A former Bush administration official whose job it was to implement No Child Left Behind is urging her fellow Republicans to pass legislation for student loan reform that also supports community colleges and provides funding to promote improvements in early childhood education.

Susan B. Neuman, assistant secretary of elementary and secondary education from 2002-04 and now a professor in educational studies at the University of Michigan, uses stark language in this Roll Call piece about the legislation now in the Senate. It starts:

"As a lifelong Republican, I’ve watched with bewilderment as my party has missed some real opportunities. Yes, an opposition party must oppose. But quality legislation deserves our support, even if it comes from the other side, as long as it meets our long-standing principles. That’s why I fully endorse student loan reform and hope the Senate passes it. I join the six Republicans who voted for it in September with a majority of the Democrats in the House.

"I’ve reviewed the comments and critiques of my fellow Republicans about this issue. Frankly, the opposition from some Republicans does not square with the reality of the benefits of this bill.

"The legislation deserves GOP backing first and foremost because it eliminates government waste and saves billions — this is the bedrock of everything the party stands for..."

Read the rest here.

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By Valerie Strauss  | March 15, 2010; 7:41 PM ET
Categories:  College Costs, Community Colleges, Early Childhood, No Child Left Behind  | Tags:  No Child Left Behind, student loans  
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Comments

Hopefully some Republicans read what she said.

Posted by: celestun100 | March 15, 2010 9:59 PM | Report abuse

This is very interesting Valerie. Maybe you should change the title to "Unhappy Republican" or something snappier. Everybody is commenting on the non-news of "Is Obama Happy?"

Posted by: celestun100 | March 15, 2010 10:44 PM | Report abuse

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