Not long after the 1998 school shootings at Jonesboro Middle School in Arkansas, which left three students and a teacher dead in what was then one of the worst acts of school violence in the country, then-Gov. Mike Huckabee signed a book deal for "Kids Who Kill," published that same year by B&H Publishing Group. The book deal sparked criticism, fury, and resentment from families and other community members affected by the tragedy who claimed the governor was profiting from the violence. Ten years later, as Huckabee campaigns for the Republican presidential nomination, the hard feelings haven't disappeared....


During President Bush's State of the Union, he touted a re-packaged $300 million "Pell Grants for Kids" program that would essentially give scholarships or vouchers to help low-income students trapped in failing schools. And he again touted the No Child Left Behind Act, which will become—for better or for worse—his education legacy. Yet the Democratic candidates' official responses didn't touch the subject of education. In his official response, Sen. Barack Obama didn't address education. Neither did Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York or former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards. And even Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, who isn't in ...


After months of remaining neutral in the race for the Democratic nomination, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., the chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, has endorsed Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., for president. But, although Obama sits on the senate education panel, Kennedy didn’t mention reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Law in his endorsement speech today at American University in Washington. He gave only a quick nod to education – praising Obama for “fashioning legislation to put high quality teachers in our classrooms" - an apparent reference to Obama's bill to establish "teacher residencies", which ...


A whopping $40 million. That's how much the National Education Association is prepared to spend in this crucial 2008 election year. Read more about that in EdWeek's latest political story, by my colleague David Hoff. That money still isn't devoted to a specific candidate, and as Joe Williams of Democrats for Education Reform wisely notes in the story, the NEA is likely waiting to back a candidate who is sure to win the nomination. The American Federation of Teachers, meanwhile, has put its money on Hillary Clinton. The $40 million committment from NEA is almost as much as Bill Gates ...


Voters with education on their minds aren't concerned just about math and science—key areas of focus for politicians and policymakers—but with imaginination, innovation, and the arts as well. That's according to a new poll, backed by education groups including the nation's largest teachers' union, the National Education Association, and (not surprising, given the results and subject of the poll) the Arts Education Partnership. The poll seems tailor-made for Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, whose education agenda centers on advancing the arts in schools—what he calls "weapons of mass instruction." In fact, 56 percent of those polled said ...


Usually, politicians don't run for office for the money. Elected officials are often highly accomplished people who could make much more working in the private sector. Of course, there are other perks to elected office—power, name recognition, and those warm fuzzy feelings about helping your country. And a new policy brief by Indiana University's Center for Evaluation and Education Policy confirms the same is true for elected versus appointed state schools chiefs. The conclusion: Being elected will not make you wealthy. Elected state education superintendents make far less than their appointed counterparts in other states. The highest-paid superintendent is ...


YouTube has become a powerful communication tool for politicians who want to bypass the mainstream media and appeal directly to voters. Now Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt, a first-term Republican who championed school choice and had controversial ties to a pro-voucher PAC called All Children Matter, has put a new spin on use of the technology. Blunt, who was facing a tough re-election battle, stunned his state by dropping out of the governor's race—announcing it on YouTube....


Former Tennesse Sen. Republican Fred Thompson, who said he regretted his "yes" vote on the No Child Left Behind act, has called it quits today. The "Law & Order" television star championed school choice, but never got truly engaged in any debates over education. Among the folks sure to be disappointed by his departure from the 2008 campaign: Republican social studies teachers, who in a mock primary, picked Thompson as their favorite to square off against the Democratic teachers' choice, U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York....


I was in South Carolina over the weekend, and got to experience life in a presidential primary state. Since I was visiting family, I was confined to watching the political developments as most voters do—through television and the newspapers. However, I attended part of a Martin Luther King Jr. Day rally at the South Carolina Statehouse on Monday, where ministers and activists with the NAACP addressed a crowd of thousands before the three Democratic presidential frontrunners spoke. And it was here when it struck me: this is a state where education could be an issue that drives votes, especially ...


Dave Riegel, an Ohio school administrator, has an interesting interview with ED in '08's Roy Romer. Take a look, because you probably won't be reading any interviews between me and Mr. Romer anytime soon. I had one scheduled awhile back, but the ED in '08 folks cancelled, citing a couple of posts (here and here) that I wrote. And while you're at it, take a spin through ohdave's other thoughtful entries as well....


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