Gov. Rick Perry Supported 'No Child Left Behind' Before He Opposed It

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During last night's GOP debate, Texas Governor Rick Perry claimed that he was "vocal" in opposing President George W. Bush's 'No Child Left Behind' plan for public education.
However, in a 2002 press release posted on Governor Perry's web site, he supported 'No Child Left Behind' when it was passed:

Gov. Rick Perry and U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige announced today that Texas’ No Child Left Behind implementation plan has received federal approval. The approval clears the way for almost $400 million in new federal funding, moving the governor’s education plan a step closer to the classroom.

“Texas was a model for President Bush’s No Child Left Behind legislation, and we continue to lead the nation in innovative solutions to improve our schools,” Perry said. “The U.S. Department of Education’s stamp of approval means we can move forward with our plan to improve early childhood education, dropout prevention, teaching excellence, science education and our schools’ use of technology.”

“By emphasizing these five important areas we can continue to build on the proven reforms and high standards that have helped our schools show remarkable progress over the last several years,” Perry said. “We must keep on this path of accountability because educating every child means advancing every dream.”

President Barack Obama announced today that he would allow states to opt-out of provisions in 'No Child Left Behind' if they set their own educational standards for teachers and students: "Congress hasn't been able to do it, so I will. Our kids only get one shot at a decent education."


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