In the latest Washington Post-ABC News poll, just 1 percent of voters said education was the single most important issue to them.
The New York City teachers' union thinks so.
John McCain is associating with the president of the very foundation that funded "radical" education reform work.
The Republican National Committee and the McCain campaign are pouncing on the controversy.
A paid TV ad may be in the works.
Obama's modus operandi is to seek advice from people with differing points of view, one of the Democrat's many advisers says.
Very few folks are talking about Ayers' views on education - or asking whether Barack Obama shares those ideas.
There were no questions on school policy, but Barack Obama offered an idea on what priority education would be early in his administration.
The Volunteer State has grappled with education funding, curriculum issues, and implementation of the No Child Left Behind Act over the past year.
Is it enough to guarantee an invitation to a skybox at the 2012 Democratic Convention?