President George W. Bush talks with sixth grade student Mariano Ramos, 11, left, and seventh grader Amber McCarthy, 12, during a visit to the Horace Greeley Elementary School in Chicago on January 7, 2008. 


Letter dated November 3, 2005 to First Lady Laura Bush and her Chief of Staff Anita McBride from Homeboy Industries expressing their appreciation for being included in the White House Conference on Helping America’s Youth.

At the beginning of his Administration, George W. Bush focused on public education reform. His first major initiative, the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2002, created reforms that raised standards and improved test scores in the public education system. Congress did not reauthorize NCLB and the White House released, in 2007, Building on Results: A Blueprint for Strengthening the No Child Left Behind Act. In addition, President Bush increased the size of Pell Grants available to college students to an all-time high and created the Helping America's Youth Initiative. This was led by First Lady Laura Bush to help adults connect with at-risk children. Mrs. Bush also led initiatives for teacher recruitment, reading achievement, such as Ready to Read, Ready to Learn, and global literacy


Digitized White House Staff Member Office Files

Staff Secretary, White House Office of

Von Der Heydt, Thomas (Tommy) - Bush Record Policy Memos 

  •  Higher Education and Job Training: A Timeline (2001 - 2008)
  •  No Child Left Behind: A Timeline (2001 - 2008) [1]
  • No Child Left Behind: A Timeline (2001 - 2008) [2] 
  •  No Child Left Behind: A Timeline (2001 - 2008) [3]
  •  School Choice: A Timeline (2001 - 2008) [1]
  •  School Choice: A Timeline (2001 - 2008) [2]

Mrs. Laura Bush calls on a young member of the audience to speak after she finished reading the book, "The Spider and the Fly" by Mary Howill, illustrated by Tony DiTerlizzi, during a visit to the West Palm Beach Public Library in West Palm Beach, Florida, on October 27, 2006.

Digitized White House Office of Records Management Files

Subject Files on Education


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Letter dated February 2001 from Senator Edward M. Kennedy to the recently-inaugurated President regarding bipartisanship in healthcare and education reforms. President George W. Bush and Senator Kennedy worked closely in achieving passage of the No Child Left Behind education reform legislation, signed in January 2002.






In Focus

Education Reform: No Child Left Behind

First Lady Laura Bush and Education

Press Releases

Education Speeches and Press Releases Archive

First Lady Laura Bush Education Speeches and Press Releases Archive


Photo Essays 


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