In 1989, a coalition of state governors from all 50 states and President George H. W. Bush proposed an educational reform program they named Goals 2000 as a solution to the failing state of U.S. public schools and the nation-at-risk image plaguing the country. The program set national educational goals for U.S. students that were to be achieved by the year 2000. As a result, Goals 2000, the Educate America Act (P.L. 103–227), was developed and later signed into law by President Bill Clinton, Bush's successor, on March 31, 1994. It provided funding to schools to help all students reach high levels of achievement and their full potential through systemic reform. This emphasis on achievement result was embodied in changes in curriculum, instruction, professional development, ...

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