Education in Election 2012: An Overview

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
Alex Hunt

About Alex Hunt

Alex Hunt is the Yale & Irene Rosenberg Graduate Fellow at the Center for Children, Law & Policy. Alex graduated from the University of Texas in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts in government. Before entering law school, he taught middle school math at YES Prep Southwest in Houston with Teach For America. In 2010, he received New Leaders' EPIC Spotlight Teacher Award, a national award for teachers with outstanding student growth. Alex graduated cum laude from the University of Houston Law Center in May 2013. During law school, Alex was Casenotes & Comments Editor for the Houston Journal of International Law, interned for both state and federal judges, and served as Vice President of the Health Law Organization (HLO). In addition, Alex has received the Irving J. Weiner Memorial Scholarship Award (for a year of outstanding work in the UH Law Center Legal Clinic), the Napoleon Beazley Defender Award (for outstanding work on behalf of children), the Ann Dinsmore Forman Memorial Child Advocacy Award, the Mont P. Hoyt Memorial Writing Award for an Outstanding Comment on a Topic in International Law, and he was a finalist for Texas Access to Justice's Law Student Pro Bono Award.

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