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President Reading Comprehension Worksheet

Directions: Read the passage and answer the questions below.

President Bush's education bill survived a double-barreled assault on Wednesday as the Senate upheld a requirement for annual math and reading tests and preserved an experimental program that would cut regulations in hopes of improving student performance.

The votes signaled that the bipartisan coalition behind the measure remained intact after last week's historic mid-session Senate shift to a Democratic majority. After a marathon debate lasting more than a month, final passage is expected as early as today.

Expecting final approval, Education Secretary Rod Paige said he hoped House and Senate negotiators could begin a "summer school session" and wrap up a final compromise quickly "so we can get school started with a smile."

Annual math and reading testing for students in the third through eighth grades is the cornerstone of Bush's effort to improve student achievement. Sen. Ernest Hollings, D-S.C., led the effort to add an amendment to make them optional by the states, rather than mandatory.

1. What conditions does President Bush's education bill call for?

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2. Which political party seems to favoring this bill?

 

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3. At the time of this article, were there more democratic or republican Senators?

 

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4. What is the overall goal of President Bush's education bill? Explain your answer.

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