Paige-Watkins Interview 'Very
MIRS, August 29, 2002
U.S. Department of Education Secretary Rod
Paige and state Superintendent Tom
Watkins had what was described as a “very productive”
one-on-one meeting on Wednesday in Detroit.
Paige praised Michigan for being one of the states to achieve
two federal milestones — being one of the first states to file
its consolidated grant application under the new federal “No
Child Left Behind” act and one of the first states to receive
its Reading First dollars.
Watkins, a Democrat, and Paige, appointed by a Republican
president, also parted with the understanding the door was
open for one to always call the other and that the two will
continue to talk more freely in the future.
“The understanding here is that education isn't a partisan
subject,” said T.J. Bucholz,
Department of Education spokesman. “You want to make sure the
spirit of the law, that no child is left behind, is put into