'Schools are not going to be able to escape'

"'Schools are not going to be able to escape'" Continued...

Issue: "California's new governor," Oct. 4, 2003

He recognizes that an increasing number of families are troubled. "Parents today are under a lot of different types of stress, more so than my parents were when I grew up," he said. "Many parents are working two jobs. Both of my parents had jobs, too. So I'm not going to put that out as an excuse."

Ultimately, Mr. Barbour and Mr. Paige both argue reforms and standards are important, because all students eventually will be assessed for what they've learned-in a test called life.


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