Bush Loyalist Hits the Road to Save 'No Child'

Education secretary seeks to shore up reviled program
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 12, 2008 6:35 AM CDT
Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings talks during a taping of "Meet the Press" at the NBC Studios April 22, 2007 in Washington.    (AP Photo/Meet The Press, Alex Wong)
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(Newser) – As George W. Bush has become less and less popular, so too has No Child Left Behind, his education initiative that one congressman calls "the most negative brand in the country." As the administration realizes that its principal domestic achievement is likely to be undone by the next president, Margaret Spellings, the education secretary, has hit the road to drum up support.

Spellings is one of Bush's most loyal foot soldiers—"She trusts him, and she loves him," her husband told the New York Times. In recent months the education secretary has visited 20 states to win support for the loathed education program, which has faced rebellions and lawsuits from local authorities. Success has been slim, but Spellings marches on: No Child is "my child, my baby."