Dubbed "America 2000," the multifaceted strategy among other things called for the development of national standards in five core subjects, including math and English. And the strategy provided for the creation of tests that states could voluntarily adopt.
The main pitch man for the 1991 proto-reform idea? Bush's education secretary. That was Republican Lamar Alexander, the former Tennessee governor and education reformer who as a U.S. senator now finds himself this election year walking a careful line over controversies related to Common Core standards and testing.
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Remember this Big Government Lamar from 1989?