After reading fellow blogger Alyson Klein's comprehensive story on John McCain's education plan, check out these reactions to his speech from around the blogsphere, a list that keeps growing: New reactions (added today) At first, the Cato Institute's bloggers were enthusiastic, and then, not so much. Flypaper doesn't like the reaction of The Quick and the Ed's Kevin Carey. Thomas Toch over at The Quick and the Ed says McCain's education advisers weren't "on the ball" because the senator didn't acknowledge that many of the teacher reform ideas are going on already in Cincinnati, where he delivered the speech. My ...


No Child Left Behind. Apparently, the McCain camp has decided talking about NCLB is not good. During his speech to the NAACP, the Arizona senator made no mention of the law that will have to be re-authorized during his presidency if he's elected. And during a conference call yesterday following his speech, four of his advisers were asked why the presumptive GOP nominee didn't mention NCLB. Those advisers spent 3 1/2 minutes answering this question about NCLB by—again—not uttering those four words. Instead, education adviser Lisa Graham Keegan talked about how teacher quality and data are McCain's ...


Sen. John McCain, who just months ago didn't even list "education" on his list of issues on his web site, has finally unveiled his education plan. In a speech today to the NAACP in Cincinnati, he hit on three big themes: school choice, technology, and teacher quality. (Read the transcript here). My colleague Alyson Klein will weigh in more later, but I wanted to pass along highlights of his plan: On school choice—He wants to expand the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship program from $13 million to $20 million, and allocate $500 million in existing federal funds to build new ...


(Update: Read John McCain's education plan here.) Sen. John McCain, whose speech in Cincinnati to the NAACP will be covered by EdWeek's Alyson Klein, is expected to emphasize school choice and scholarship programs for students in low-income, poor-performing school districts. The presumptive GOP nominee is also expected to support alternative certification routes for teachers, more tutoring for poor students, and merit-pay programs for teachers. For more about Sen. Barack Obama's speech yesterday to the NAACP, read Alyson's story here, and her blog entry here....


From contributing blogger David Hoff: At an event in Washington today, Jane Swift explained where Sen. John McCain stands on rewarding teachers based on the improvement of their students. The Arizona Republican would give extra pay to teachers who "measurably raise" student achievement, the former Massachusetts governor told the audience of business leaders. No surprise there. The shocker came when Jason Kamras, the representative of the Obama campaign, essentially agreed with Swift. In answering a question, Kamras said that "student achievement does need to be part of that equation" in performance-pay plans. It's a bit of a departure from what ...


So last night I attended Sen. Barack Obama's speech to the NAACP. He got a rousing reception and stressed the need for parents to step up and get involved in their children's educations. He linked that involvement to the struggles of the civil rights movement. Many teachers in the audience liked what he had to say. You can check out their reactions in my web story on the event, posted here. The teachers I talked to also liked Obama's policy proposals, which he alluded to briefly. They said they didn't know much about Sen. John McCain of Arizona's education platform. (That...


A month ago, John McCain's top education advisor told a group of reporters that the presumptive GOP presidential nominee believes No Child Left Behind is "adequately funded." In fact, she was so clear in her statement that it became the headline for the blog item I wrote summarizing Lisa Graham Keegan's roundtable discussion with reporters. But in a perplexing turn of events, another advisor said on Meet the Press this weekend that the senator wants to "fully fund" NCLB. (Hat tip to my colleague David Hoff for bringing this to my attention.) So which is it? Does he want to ...


"America is only as strong as her schools...As our schools go, so goes our country." That's the conclusion of a new ad by ED in '08, which will start running today in seven key election states: Ohio, Colorado, Iowa, Missouri, New Mexico, Virginia and Wisconsin. ED in '08 (which in this ad is referring to itself by its Strong American Schools moniker), spent $5 million on these ads, called "One Nation Left Behind." Watch the ad here. In the ad, actress Jamie Lee Curtis provides the voice-over, and ticks off the names of countries that are passing us--countries like ...


Check out these three worthwhile reads: "NEA too big for its britches". Don't mess with Superman, or the NEA, at Politico.com. "Schools grapple with rising fuel costs" at EdWeek. Energy prices are an education issue. "Presidential hopefuls differ on K-12 spending" at EdWeek. The biggest education difference between Obama and McCain is clear....


Sen. John McCain will use a speech he plans to give to the NAACP annual convention next week in Cincinnati to talk about education. According to this Associated Press story, he will talk about merit pay for teachers, and tutoring for low-income students on July 16. His chief education adviser, Lisa Graham Keegan, told a group of reporters last month that McCain's official education platform won't be unveiled until later in the summer or early fall, during "back-to-school" time when people are "listening." But apparently, next week's NAACP meeting has provided the Arizona senator with the "right opportunity" to talk ...


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