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Nader group pushes for Paige query

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Ralph Nader's Commercial Alert consumer group today urged members of the U.S. Senate panel considering President-elect George W. Bush's nomination of Houston school superintendent Roderick Paige as secretary of education to examine whether Mr. Paige "may not understand the importance of protecting children from in-school commercial advertising and marketing." In a letter signed by officials of the National PTA and other consumer groups, Consumer Alert suggested Mr. Paige's willingness to sign a deal with Coca-Cola Co. and to allow Channel One in some Houston schools should be strongly questioned. The letter urges senators to "tell Mr. Paige that corporate advertising is not for education and America's schoolchildren should not be for sale."

Copyright January 2001, Crain Communications Inc.

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