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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted on: Saturday, May 26, 2001

For the U.S., education overseas counts, too

One of the keystone issues for the new administration of George W. Bush is education.

Indeed, an education bill built on many of Bush's campaign promises is now working its way through Congress.

But what about the rest of the world? It has become increasingly clear that the key to economic development and a higher quality of life is an educated citizenry.

While the education budget within the Agency for International Development would be increased in the Bush plan, money for the same purpose has been chopped from the Labor Department's education aid budget. The net result, according to The Washington Post, is a loss of $17 million for a cause that is already terribly shortchanged.