No matter what you think of the presidential candidates, you have to respect the enthusiasm that the tight Democratic and Republican contests have sparked, which played out in results from the Super Tuesday primaries. The youth vote is proving crucial, particularly in the Democratic primaries, where voters have the opportunity to elect either the first woman or African-American to the White House. Exit polls from the primary states that voted yesterday show just how involved young people are. In Georgia, for example, 11 percent of young people ages 18-29 voted in 2004. This year: 18 percent. In Tennessee, 7 percent ...


Democratic Sen. Hillary Clinton is perhaps the only presidential candidate who talks about special education on the campaign trail—and that's probably a wise move, since about 6.8 million children in the United States have disabilities. That represents about 12 percent of students nationwide—a not-to-be-overlooked proportion of American families. Last night, during Clinton's national town hall meeting broadcast on the Hallmark Channel and online, the first question she fielded was on education. She used this as an opportunity to bash the No Child Left Behind Act as an unfunded federal mandate that has resulted in schools full of "little...


Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley and longtime state Education Czar Nancy Grasmick look like they're about to sign a peace treaty between two warring countries. Almost. These two arch enemies are now pretending to be friends after the Democratic governor backed down Monday from his demands for legislation that he get to appoint his own education superintendent. If you'll remember, he was all riled up that the state board of education renewed her contract over his opposition....


Unless Mitt Romney can pull off a N.Y. Giants-esque upset on Super Tuesday, Republican John McCain seems destined to claim the Republican presidential nomination. And so I went searching again for more insight into how Sen. McCain might change the No Child Left Behind Act. On his Web site, you can find a little bit about his education ideas, including a video where he extols the benefits of school choice. But I'm still left wanting to know more about what specific changes he'd like to make to President Bush's signature education law. Perhaps most telling, in March 2007, the ...


ED in '08 is back in the news again, and this time, the Washington Post is assessing the group's effectiveness at making education a top-tier presidential campaign issue in a story today. The story calls attention to ED in '08's split from the country's largest teachers' union in endorsing some form of performance pay for teachers. The biggest "ouch" factor is at the end of the story. John I. Wilson, the National Education Association's executive director, says: "They have a nice slogan. They have nice bumper stickers and pins. They try to get their logo in pictures. But it just ...


That's Bill Clinton, not Hillary. In this story, the former president is blaming Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy, one of the architects of the No Child Left Behind Act, for the "train wreck" that he says the law has become. Hmmmm. Could this be President Clinton's payback for Sen. Kennedy's endorsement of Hillary Clinton's chief opponent, Barack Obama?...


Did you catch last night's relatively tame debate between Democratic presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama on CNN? Education got only a passing mention. However, as I listened to the two candidates, it occurred to me that perhaps the single most important thing that the next president can do for schools has little to do with education, at least on its face. And that's reforming health care. I argue this for two reasons. First, there were 8.7 million uninsured children in the U.S. in 2006, according to the latest Census data. That's enough students to fill about ...


This is not good news for Democrat Hillary Clinton, who is in a Super Tuesday dogfight with Barack Obama....


The field is narrowing. John Edwards, the former senator from North Carolina, and former New York City mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani are expected to drop out of the presidential contest today. Edwards had, arguably, been the most critical of NCLB of the three Democrats left, even suggesting at one point that lawmakers might want to consider "ditching" the law, a six-year-old reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. His rivals, Sens. Hillary Clinton of New York, and Barack Obama of Illinois, both advocate for “fixing” the measure, but neither has suggested scrapping it entirely. UPDATE: Read the remarks John ...


That's essentially the question that is asked of six students—two each from the United States, India, and China—in the "2 Million Minutes" documentary that was screened last night at the Jack Valenti Theater in Washington and that I previewed here. The ED in '08 folks, who are partnering with the production company Broken Pencil Productions to market the film, were kind enough to invite me. Dozens of policy wonks attended, representing the U.S. Department of Education, the Council of Chief State School Officers, and Strong American Schools, which is directing the ED in '08 campaign. The hour-long ...


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