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BUSH IS NO FRIEND FOR ROGERS

Fred Rogers, host of "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" on public television, put on a pin-stripe suit instead of his familiar beige sweater Sunday to talk about education at the fourth annual National Dropout Prevention Conference in Pittsburgh. Rogers criticized the Bush administration for its education policies by saying, "Whatever we can do as a society to save our children through early care is far more efficient and far more humane than using our collective resources eventually to build bigger prisons. I just find it extremely telling that 80 percent of the people who are incarcerated in the United States are high school dropouts."