Education in Election 2012: An Overview

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This post is part of this week’s “Education in Election 2012” series, exploring the differences between the parties and presidential candidates on education policy.

President Obama and Governor Romney recognize the special emphasis many voters place on education. Parents seek a hopeful future that is abound with opportunities for their kids, not to mention the last presidential election was one of the highest turnout elections for young people in American history.

Obama and Romney each have a special section on their websites about education and have spoken extensively about K-12 and higher education on the campaign trail. In addition, each of the candidates’ party platforms outlines the policies they believe would improve America’s classrooms.

Here’s a quick overview of where the candidates stand on education–in their own words:

Barack Obama:

President Obama’s plan for winning the future begins with education: strengthen public schools in every community, prevent teacher layoffs, expand Race to the Top, and flexibility for states to craft local solutions.

The President wants the United States to have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world by 2020.

Through student loan reform, tax credits, and spurring states to strengthen K-12 programs, the President is taking us forward.

Mitt Romney:

As president, Mitt Romney will pursue genuine education reform that puts the interests of parents and students ahead of special interests and provides a chance for every child.

He will take the unprecedented step of tying federal funds directly to dramatic reforms that expand parental choice, invest in innovation, and reward teachers for their results instead of their tenure.

These policies will equip state leaders to achieve the change that can only come from commitment and action at the local level.

He will also ensure that students have diverse and affordable options for higher education to give them the skills they need to succeed after graduation and that, when they graduate, they can find jobs that provide a rewarding return on their educational investment.

If you’d like to take a more comprehensive look at the candidates’ and parties’ platforms, you can find additional information below:

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Please check back tomorrow for a comprehensive post comparing the candidates’ and parties’ positions on serving students with disabilities.

  • Wednesday: Serving Students with Disabilities
  • Thursday: Higher Education
  • Friday: K-12 Education

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