In a move that surprised some observers, House Republicans elected Rep. John Boehner of Ohio--chairman of the House Education and Workforce Committee, and a long-time education advocate--as their new majority leader on Feb. 2. The elevation of Boehner could bode well for school stakeholders, because it elevates in power someone with proven leadership on education issues.

In electing Boehner, Republicans chose a self-proclaimed reform candidate to replace indicted Rep. Tom DeLay, R-Texas, as the party struggles with an ethics scandal.

Boehner, flanked by Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., and other

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