Edward J. McElroy, president, American Federation of Teachers:

"Two months and 16 days since his policies took a self-described 'thumpin',' President Bush continues to press the politics of division. In his State of the Union Address, President Bush mostly spoke in broad terms about the need to support our students, teachers, and schools. However, with his proposed education initiative that will include two voucher schemes as part of the reauthorization of No Child Left Behind, President Bush has clearly decided to invite partisan bickering rather than bipartisan progress. Every minute spent debating a voucher proposal means less time for making needed...

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