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His resume is 19 pages. He has written numerous books and won many awards. And he's leading one of the nation's most diverse school districts.
His name is Jerry Weast, hired in the summer of 1999 to lead Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland, and as you might have guessed, he has a plan for improvement.
Bush Promises Extra Funding for Reading First
In the new education bill, reading and literacy funding will rise by 11 percent. These funds will be spent in a new program called Reading First. For 2002, the program's inaugural year, Congress allocated $900 million to this program.
President George Bush and U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige will push for a federal investment of $1 billion in next year's education budget.
By now, most readers probably know the story of Christine Pelton, a high school science teacher in Piper, Kan. If not, here's a quick recap.