A little more than two minutes into his State of the Union address on Jan. 27, President Bush cited the passage of the No Child Left Behind Actas one of the major accomplishments of the first two years of his administration. The remainder of the President’s speech focused on the agenda he believes the Congress should undertake during the current session, an agenda that would “reform domestic programs vital to our country . . . save millions of lives abroad from a terrible disease . . . work for a prosperity that is broadly shared . . . and answer every danger and every enemy that threatens the American people.”
The President outlined several new initiatives included in his fiscal 2004 budget released on Feb. 3. However, with the exception of a new $450 million initiative to bring mentors to disadvantaged junior high students whose parents are prisoners, the President shied away from education and focused more on his $674 billion economic stimulus package, Medicare reform, a plan to bring AIDS relief to Africa and the Caribbean, homeland security, and the war on terror.