Ohio’s superintendent says the state won’t withhold funding to penalize schools for students opting out of standardized tests this year.
Bush twins rally student voters
President Bush is scheduled to campaign today in Youngstown and Findlay. Yesterday his twin daughters were on the stump at Ohio State University.
Jenna and Barbara Bush have been traveling battleground states campaigning for their father for several months now. It might explain why Jenna experienced a brief geography lapse before a crowd of 200 at the Ohio Union Ballroom on the Ohio State Campus. She accidentally said she was glad to be at Iowa State before correcting herself.
The recent college grads spoke for a combined total of 15 minutes, telling jokes about their family, and talking about why their dad should be re-elected. Jenna said George W Bush is a great president.
Barbara said her family can’t take a single vote for granted, and that’s why she and her sister are out on the campaign trail thanking young voters for their support.
After their speech the Bush twins worked the crowd one on one. Separated from adoring students by a waist-high security barrier, Jenna and Barbara shook hands, signed autographs and had their pictures taken. 19-year-old Peter Fromnecht got up close with both of them, and was so excited his body shook as he posed for a photo.
Fromnecht says he actually proposed to Jenna. He says she just laughed.
Republicans aren’t the only ones reaching out to students. Democrat John Kerry will lead a rally at OSU Thursday evening. He’ll be joined by Bruce Springsteen who is expected to perform a couple of songs. The campaign hasn’t yet released a set list.