In one of my classes, we discussed the educational views of President Obama and Governor Romney and I found it helpful. Here are some of the highlights of their views on education:
- Would continue to support Race to the Top, his new measure meant to stimulate innovation in education by rewarding schools that are coming up with new ways to face challenges.
- Supports the Common Core, a common curriculum for the states.
- Has granted waivers to many states to go around some aspects of No Child Left Behind and seems to only somewhat support it.
- Wants to continue funding low interest student loans for post-secondary education.
- Does not support vouchers.
- Supports charter schools.
- Has tried to boost the number of math, science, engineering and technology teachers by using incentives.
- Will keep the Department of Education.
- Supports school choice, vouchers and charter schools.
- Supports states creating a simple system of “report cards” to rate each school and hold schools accountable.
- Supports parts of No Child Left Behind.
- Wants to give grant money to states that implement policies to increase teacher effectiveness, such as ending/reforming teacher tenure, compensation for teachers who perform well and not using seniority in dismissal and transfer decisions. He says he will “stand up” to teacher unions.
- Supports the Common Core but not the federal pressure for states to adopt them.
- Plans to temporarily lower student loan interest, but not long term. He instead welcomes private sector and encourages college students to “shop around” for the best college prices.
- Wants to keep Pell Grants but might decrease the amount granted.
- Will keep the Department of Education but wants to give more power to the states.
For a more detailed report of their views, follow these links: