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Do the Candidates Get High Marks for Education?

So, where do the candidates stand on the educational issues and reform of today? Let’s take a look.

K-12 Platform
Mitt Romney’s education platform has many more components related to younger students and preparing them with quality education. His priorities include:

"Schools should be run at the local and state level and we don't look to the federal government to run our schools or to set the curriculum."

Barack Obama’s education platform is diverse and is building on the changes he has already initiated from the executive office he holds. These include:

"We have an obligation and a responsibility to be investing in our students and our schools."

Higher Education Platform
Mitt Romney would enact the following initiatives, if elected:
Increase the role of the private sector for investing in loans for students, thus reducing the federal loan capacity.

Barack Obama’s platform contains more elements for higher education. These include:

Teachers Platform
The two candidates could not be any further apart on their position regarding teachers’ unions.

Romney believes unions are an obstruction to education and more emphasis should be paid to rewarding deserving teachers, although he has not defined that term with any criteria or measurements.

Obama has stated that he will continue to work cooperatively with teachers’ unions. His reform of teacher evaluations would include a way to measure performance based on standardized test scores, in addition to other criteria.

Sources:
Arnett, A & Fantus, C. (2012, September 27) Where they stand. Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, 29 (17), 8-9. 

Dervarics, C. (2012, September 27). Education nation. Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, 29(17), 12-13. 

Books to read from your library
Conrad, J. (2012). What you should know about politics-- but don't : A nonpartisan guide to the issues that matter.

Hayward, S.F. (2012). The politically incorrect guide to the presidents : From Wilson to Obama.

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