African-Am. commentator paid by Dept. of Ed to promote NCLB

Tracy Van Slyke

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USA Today eduction reporter Greg Toppo, wrote this lovely story today about how the Bush Admin. has been pushing the "positives" of No Child Left Behind to the African-American community. Seeking to build support among black families for its education reform law, the Bush administration paid a prominent black pundit $240,000 to promote the law on his nationally syndicated television show and to urge other black journalists to do the same. Read the full story.

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Tracy Van Slyke, a former publisher of In These Times, is the project director for The Media Consortium.
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