Sen. John McCain of Arizona wrote an editorial on education, published in the New York Daily News on Sunday. There isn't much in there that's new - in fact, a lot of the text is excerpted from his speech in which he endorsed the statement. Unsurprisingly, he reiterated his challenge to his Democratic rival, Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois, to sign-on to the Education Equality Project's statement. The editorial itself isn't as interesting as the fact that the McCain campaign is willing to give that much ink to education - an issue McCain hasn't seemed particularly passionate about. Also on ...


...from American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten. I think it goes without saying that she doesn't like it. I can practically hear the sarcasm when she refers to Mayor Bloomberg and Chancellor Klein as McCain's "new best friends." Read Alyson's detailed post about what sparked Weingarten's reaction—McCain's endorsement of the Education Equality Project and his criticism of Obama—here....


Presumptive Republican nominee Sen. John McCain of Arizona today said in a speech to the National Urban League that he would add his name to a statement of principles for education put forth last month by the Education Equality Project. The group, which includes some big name district superintendents, released a statement in June intended to influence the presidential campaigns. It contends that schools need to be held primarily responsible for improving student achievement and that educators must be willing to embrace changes in the way schools are structured in order to bring about improvement, according to this story, by ...


It looks like rising energy costs are going to put a major strain on school districts this fall, according to this USA Today story: Fuel and energy costs are rising so quickly for the USA's public school districts that nearly one in seven is considering cutting back to four-day weeks this fall. One in four is considering limits on athletics and other extracurricular activities, and nearly one in three is eliminating teaching jobs Education Week's Katie Ash also wrote about the issue earlier this month. This might become an issue on the campaign trail, at least for congressional candidates. As ...


Alexander Russo heard that Marc Dean Millot is advising, in some capacity, the McCain campaign. And, indeed, it's true! But the edbizbuzz blogger is not spilling the beans on what he's been asked about, or what he told McCain's folks. (UPDATE: Read Millot's own blog post about his advising.) Here's what Millot said in an email to me when I asked him about his role with the McCain campaign: I want to be polite, but direct: I'm not planning to discuss anything about my input or advice with anyone outside the campaign, on or off the record. I am hardly ...


Could there be an entire presidential debate focused on education? Maybe, if the Business Coalition for Student Achievement gets its way. The group, which includes some major business organizations, such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, big names in the philanthropy world, such as the Broad Foundation, and corporations including Microsoft, sent a letter last week to both campaigns asking for an "event, town hall meeting, or debate" on education. It seems like a longshot. Even during the primary season, when it felt like the presidential candidates were holding a debate roughly every 10 minutes, education policy watchers felt ...


This seems to be a recurring theme on our blog this week. Today the forum was the New America Foundation, a Washington-based think tank and the advisers were the Ubiquitous Lisa Graham Keegan, a former Arizona schools chief, appearing on behalf of Sen. John McCain's campaign, and Jon Schnur, who heads up New Leaders for New Schools and is informally advising the Sen. Barack Obama's campaign (along with just about every other Education Dem). Neither covered much new territory on K-12 education, and neither one seemed eager to address the 800- pound gorilla in the room: No Child Left Behind. ...


Sen. John McCain will be filling in the blanks in his education plan in a "little bit" with proposals on prekindergarten, college access and affordability, and special education, top education adviser Lisa Graham Keegan told the National Conference of State Legislators today in New Orleans. While my colleague was covering an Obama event, I'm was here in the Big Easy listening to a forum on the education ideas of the presidential candidates, starring Keegan and Linda Darling-Hammond (on behalf of Obama). There was very little that hasn't been said before, either by the candidates themselves, or their advisers. But I'll ...


From guest blogger David J. Hoff: Michael Johnston, one of Sen. Barack Obama's many education advisers, met with several journalists today to discuss the Illinois senator's agenda for schools. Johnston summed up the Democratic presidential candidate's platform in one word: "comprehensive." It would have $10 billion for new pre-K initiatives and add $8 billion for K-12 programs, particularly for recruiting, retaining, and rewarding teachers. It also would improve college affordability and access. As for the No Child Left Behind Act, Johnston repeated what Obama has said he likes and dislikes about the law. High standards and accountability are good. The ...


The National Conference of State Legislatures, which is meeting in New Orleans this week, has added a word to describe the No Child Left Behind Act, further showing how the group feels about the federal accountability law. "Coercive." The official NCSL policy on the federal role in elementary and secondary education, amended this morning to include that word, now urges Congress to adopt incentive-based programs versus the "coercive, punitive system at the heart of NCLB." That amendment this morning came from South Dakota state Sen. Ed Olson, a Republican, who was sticking up for his friends in Utah, who unsuccessfully ...


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