In a recent article, AP writer Calvin Woodward took a look at where the two presidential candidates stand on a variety of issues. Here is what he reported on education:
Obama: Has approved waivers freeing states from the most onerous requirements of the Bush-era No Child Left Behind law with their agreement to improve how they prepare and evaluate students. “Race to the Top” competition has rewarded winning states with billions of dollars for pursuing education policies Obama supports. Won approval for a college tax credit worth up to $10,000 over four years and more money for Pell grants for low-income college students. Wants Congress to agree to reduce federal aid to colleges that go too far in raising tuition
Romney: Supported the federal accountability standards of No Child Left Behind law. In 2007, said he was wrong earlier in career when he wanted the Education Department shut because he came to see the value of the federal government in “holding down the interests of the teachers’ unions” and putting kids and parents first. Has said the student testing, charter-school incentives and teacher evaluation standards of Obama’s “Race to the Top” competition “make sense” although the federal government should have less control of education.
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Take a look at this infographic from No Kid Hungry.
They offer up some staggering statistics.
More than half of the achievement gap between lower- and higher-income youth can be explained by unequal access to summer learning opportunities. As a result, low-income youth are less likely to graduate from high school or enter college (Alexander et al, 2007).
Minnesota primaries are August 14th! Don’t forget to vote.
Head here to register to vote, find your polling place or vote by absentee. To see a sample ballot or list of candidates, click on ‘Find Your Polling Place’, go through the steps to locate where you cast your vote, you will see two links to ballots and candidates.
Your vote does make a difference! Take a minute on August 14th to do your civic duty. Polls are open from 7am to 8pm.
Two articles looking at poverty and if it is or isn’t the issue when it comes to the achievement gap. Take a look at the opposing views.
The New York Times: The Opportunity Gap and USA Today: Poverty Not All to Blame