I have been intending to write a post for School Zone covering where the presidential candidates stand on education related issues. Last week, my friend and Missouri Mom Congress Delegate, Angela McCormick posted where her research on this subject took her- so I asked her to guest blog what she found. Welcome Angela!
Where do the presidential candidates stand on the topic of education?
I do listen to a variety of talking heads, however the topic of education has been elusive. I’ll start off with a quote from the Business Insider, “Education won't get much more than lip service in an election that is mostly centered on the economy, but both Mitt Romney and Barack Obama have very distinct visions for education reform."
President Obama’s initiatives include the “Race to the Top” designed to increase standards to better prepare students for college and careers by encouraging the development of innovative education programs and positive school reforms. His plan also seeks to target math and science programs. Under his administrations, many components of No Child Left Behind have been repealed and 26 states have been granted waivers from the stringent parameters of NCLB. “Obama has approved waivers freeing states from the most onerous requirements of the Bush-era No Child Left Behind law with their agreement to improve how they prepare and evaluate students. "Race to the Top" competition has rewarded winning states with billions of dollars for pursuing education policies Obama supports.”
Candidate Romney’s initiatives include “A Chance for Every Child,” emphasizing school choice for parents via an expanded voucher program as well as an increase in support for charter schools. “Mitt Romney recently unveiled his education plan -- “A Chance for Every Child” -- which emphasized school choice, accountability and ensuring that qualified teachers are in every class." He supports No Child Left Behind and seeks to maintain high performing teachers through block grant incentive programs and eliminating unnecessary certification requirements placed upon new teachers. “Romney supported the federal accountability standards of No Child Left Behind law. He has said the student testing, charter-school incentives and teacher evaluation standards of Obama's "Race to the Top" competition "make sense" although the federal government should have less control of education.”
Which candidate can take the title of the education president?
I believe the jury is still deliberating. But what we can agree upon, hopefully, if we want successful students and productive citizens, we must make an investment in education? As parents, as teachers, we invest as much as we can into our children’s education, can we not be met half way, at the very least, by lawmakers that control the policies and the purse strings?
On November 6, 2012 you will have the privilege of voting for our next president. Please take advantage of that privilege. Voting, it is your voice and the voice of our children and the voice of education as a priority.
I will end with quotes on education from both candidates.
“We have an obligation and a responsibility to be investing in our students and our schools. We must make sure that people who have the grades, the desire and the will, but not the money, can still get the best education possible.” ~ Barack Obama
"Even students from the most disadvantaged homes can achieve, something that's been proven in highly innovative programs around the country. The key to successful schools is providing students with excellent teachers. Accountability and school choice matter." ~ Mitt Romney
For additional information visit these websites- http://www.barackobama.com/education/ and http://www.mittromney.com/issues/education.
Angela McCormick is an educator, parent, and past PTA President. She brought two outreach programs to her children's schools- Tribute to Broadway and Food Power and has over ten years of volunteer experience. You can follow and read Angela's blog at Today, Tomorrow & Mom Forever -http://avmcongressmom.wordpress.com/
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