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Jenna Bush reportedly eyes teaching job

Jenna Bush, daughter of President George W. Bush, who put her career plans on hold to help her father’s re-election campaign this year, has accepted a position at a public school in Washington, D.C., according to a report in the Washington Post.
First daughters Jenna Bush, left, and her twin sister Barbara, right, speak to supporters and volunteers at Bush-Cheney campaign headquarters in Miami earlier this year. Wilfredo Lee / AP file
/ Source: staff and news service reports

Jenna Bush, one of President Bush's two daughters, has applied for a teaching position at a public school in Washington, D.C., according to a report in the Washington Post.

The president’s daughter wants to teach at Elsie Whitlow Stokes Community Freedom Public Charter School in the Mount Pleasant/Columbia Heights neighborhood of the capital. The school serves low-income children and has 250 pupils enrolled in kindergarten through sixth grade. Ninety percent of the pupils come from low-income homes.

The White House has not released details of the job, but Gordon Johndroe, a spokesman for first lady Laura Bush, told the newspaper that Jenna Bush “will live in Washington and will go to work at a public school.”

Linda Moore, the school's founder and executive director, wouldn't confirm she has hired one of the president’s twin daughters, telling the Washington Post in an interview that it doesn’t discuss the relationship between a prospective employee and the school until there is a “formal agreement.”

Teaching aspirations
Jenna Bush, who is 22, holds a degree in English from the University of Texas. She has talked publicly of her desire to teach at a charter school, and last summer news reports focused on her interest in teaching in a public school in Harlem.

But she deferred a decision until the conclusion of her father’s campaign for president.

Jenna and her twin sister, Barbara, have mostly avoided publicity, but they hit the headlines in 2001 when they were accused of underage drinking in Austin, Texas.

In a separate alcohol-related incident, Jenna was fined for trying to use a false ID. She lost her driver’s license for 30 days and was ordered to do community service and attend an alcohol-awareness class.