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Lamar Alexander
Bridging the gap between hopelessness and hope
Bridging the gap between hopelessness and hope

It was 50 years ago this month that President Lyndon Johnson traveled to a one-room school house in Stonewall, Texas, where he attended classes, to sign the most expansive piece of federal education legislation ever enacted — the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. ESEA was a key part of the president's War on Poverty. A teacher himself, Johnson said at the signing, "I believe deeply no law has been signed or will ever be signed that means more to the future of America. We have established the law. Let us not delay in putting it to work." The debate over whether additional education dollars were key to student success took on a new twist a year later. A major study...