Education in Election 2012: Where Do the Candidates and Parties Stand?

Every election year, polls show education ranks high on the list of issues Americans care most about when deciding how to cast their ballots. 2012 is no exception. President Obama and Governor Romney have outlined their education plans for the next four years on their websites, in their stump speeches, and interestingly, in the foreign policy-themed third and final debate.

In the run up to Election Day, we will post a series of articles providing an overview of where the candidates and parties stand on education–in their own words. All of the material we post will come directly from the candidates’ websites, public statements, and party platforms. Here’s how we’ll break it down.

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

In the meantime, here are some additional sources comparing the candidates and parties on education policy:

Alex Hunt

About Alex Hunt

Alex Hunt is a former 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. Alex is currently in private family law practice with the Hunt Law Firm, P.L.L.C. in Katy, Texas.