George W. Bush in Denver: Yes to educational excellence, no to politics and Gadhafi questions

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President George W. Bush was in Denver this morning, talking education with a group of political and business leaders at the brick headquarters of Get Smart Schools, an organization that trains principals for charter and innovation schools. Afterward, Bush made a brief (less than two minutes!) statement to the media, brushing off a question about Moammar Gadhafi.

Bush had said he would not take questions from reporters, but that didn't stop someone in the scrum of television cameras and boom microphones from shouting out, "What do you think of the death of Moammar Gadhafi?"

"I think we're going to have great schools in Denver!" he said, inciting laughter.

Bush was here because his George W. Bush Institute is providing networking support (but not financial assistance) to Get Smart Schools through the institute's Alliance to Reform Educational Leadership (AREL). In all, AREL is partnering with sixteen similar organizations nationwide and will bring them together three times a year to share ideas.

"One of the things we've been doing with the Bush Institute... is to work with groups such as Get Smart and set up a collaborative effort of educational entrepreneurs," Bush said. "We believe that an excellent school must first of all have an excellent leader."

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George W. Bush Thursday morning in Denver.
Bush also emphasized that his mission is not political. "Post-presidency is an interesting period for Laura and me," he said. "I'm out of politics." But that didn't stop him from heaping love on Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, who sat near him at the table.

"Mr. Mayor, I'm thrilled you're here," he said, turning toward Hancock. "I appreciate the example you set... You're often going to get dealt a hand you don't want to play in life. It's going to happen to us all, one way or another.

"Mayor, you got dealt a tough hand but you played it with class. And now you have a chance to lead and you are."

"Thank you very much, Mr. President," Hancock said.

Afterward, Hancock and Denver Public Schools Superintendent Tom Boasberg answered questions from reporters, many of whom asked about No Child Left Behind, the sweeping yet controversial education legislation Bush championed while president. Congress is currently debating how to revise the unpopular law.

Hancock said Bush didn't talk much about No Child Left Behind, other than to explain that its purpose was to hold schools accountable for what students are, or aren't, learning. "It's about measuring whether our third and fourth graders can read," Hancock said. "There's no sexiness about that other than, Can they read?"

Of Bush, he added, "He didn't talk about Washington, he didn't talk about Congress, he didn't talk about the president, he didn't talk about Moammar Gadhafi. He talked about education and caring enough to send the very best to our schools."

Hancock said Bush admitted that he followed the Denver mayor's race and that he's watching the city's school system. "We have been at the forefront of a conversation about how we reform our schools and present the very best opportunities for our young people in our city," Hancock said. "He's following Denver, which is good."

When it was his turn to speak, Boasberg highlighted Denver's receipt this summer of a $12 million grant from the Wallace Foundation to help recruit, prepare and mentor new principals. With the help of Get Smart Schools, that work has already begun. Amy Slothower, Get Smart Schools's executive director, said 23 people have completed the organization's year-long fellowship program, which provides training and mentoring to teachers, business leaders and others on the track to become principals.

"Get Smart Schools was so honored to have President Bush here today, shining a spotlight on the work that we're doing," she said. "We really share his opinion that school leaders hold the key to transforming public education."

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Ghasem yarah(MADI)
Ghasem yarah(MADI)

GEORGE BUSH IS KEY FOR U*S*A* THIS TIME BEFORE NATIONAL SECURITY WORK WITH GEORGE BUSH TO STAND UP FOR GOOD NATION OF U*S*A* & FUTURE FOR VICTORY IT*S TIME AL MADI COME ********>>>>>>>>>>AS GEORGE WASHINGTON  CAME******>>>>>>>>>>>>

majii
majii

I'm a retired teacher, and the key words in President Bush's statement to look out for are "educational entrepreneurs."  Follow the money before latching onto this plan, Parents.

Bootsie
Bootsie

Just the words George W. Bush and Get Smart are laughable!   Sorry about that Chief! 

Landsharkdever
Landsharkdever

Why would you think he needs to get Smart. just because he doesn't perform in front of a teleprompter as well as our current President?

The difference is results Vs just more speeches. Bush has his own flaws but compared to the current mouthpiece i can live with a more down to earth vocabulary.

Bostjan Avsec
Bostjan Avsec

WALL STREET PROTESTS...NOT ANTI WALL-STREET AT ALL, BUT INSTEAD RACIALLY MOTIVATED VIOLENCE AGAINST WHITES !!! ANTI WALL-STREET PROTESTS ARE ALSO KNOWN AS WELL UNDER ZIONIST "TRANSFER OF OWNERSHIP" !!! TRANSFER OF OWNERSHIP FROM HANDS OF WHITE AMERICANS TO SO CALLED "MINORITIES"(COMMUNISM) PER ZIONIST/JEWISH) WASHINGTON DC AND COMMUNIST MOSCOW WHERE NEW STALIN IS IN PLACE(Putin) http://multiculturalismisterro...

THIS NEWS IS RELATED TO "WHITES AREN’T WELCOME IN AMERICA ANY LONGER" !!! OUT OF AMERICA WITH WHITES NOW !!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v... OR http://www.youtube.com/user/Bo... <== OBAMA'S HEALTH CARE RECORDED LIVE IN 2009. These are hard facts about lunatic ZIONIST Obama/Bush's twilight zone administrations(HORROR) or genocide against white population(ask your local newspaper/media why do they KNOWINGLY keep silent about crime/genocide !!? Ask them why do they KNOWINGLY participate in crime/genocide !!! BECAUSE SILENCE = CRIME !!!). Just in case ( http://www.dailymotion.com/vid... and make sure to play one from beginning..you already know why)

FOR MORE VISIT "MULTICULTURALISM = TERRORISM & OBAMA = OSAMA"http://stateofterror.blogspot....OROBAMA = STALIN = BUSH or USA = SOVIET UNIONhttp://avsecbostjan.blogspot.c... FROM 911 TO AMERICAN WHITE REFUGEES FILLING ASYLUM ABROAD RIGHT NOW !!! LEARN TRUTH PER WHO, HOW, AND WHY HAVE RUINED YOU..

18inchguns
18inchguns

Fly a fighter jet at 19 years old you liberal pile of shi then talk

majii
majii

Every president since, and including, President Reagan, have used a Teleprompter, and I've never seen such a fixation on a speaking aide in the past as I do nowadays. 

majii
majii

Many conservatives think liberals hate President Bush.  Not true,  I'm conservative, and he wasn't my choice for president because I felt he wasn't the right man for the job.  He made mistakes.  All presidents do.  Some make more mistakes than others.  President Bush fits into the former, not the latter, category.  I think he's a fine person, but was not well suited to be POTUS.  The former head of the Republican Party in Texas reached the same conclusion.  

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

GW did not do that -- check your facts (you ignorant wingnut).

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