Being seen as too close to President Barack Obama on K-12 could hurt presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in wooing supporters of her primary rival, Sen. Bernie Sanders.
The Virginia senator, a former governor of that state, has a record in the U.S. Senate of supporting career and technical education, along with prevention of sexual assault.
In accepting the GOP presidential nomination, Donald Trump pledges to "rescue kids from failing schools" and let parents send their children to "a safe school of their choice."
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump hasn't talked much about K-12 education, but when he has, it's usually been colorful.
Education needs to be a bigger part of the Republican Party's message, Ben Marchi, a delegate to the Republican National Convention, told us in the Quicken Loans Arena.
"I'd like to see the parents and the school boards have more say in how they teach their kids in the localities," Jace Laquerre said on the floor of the RNC Wednesday.
A few miles from the Republican convention site, a youth club's farming program and music studio offer participants outlets for their emotions and to learn broadly applicable skills.
In his speech to Republican convention delegates Wednesday, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence vouched for GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump when it comes to expanding educational options.
Darren Ray Waddles, an aspiring teacher and Republican convention delegate, says he trusts GOP nominee Donald Trump to handle education policy better than presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
Molly Spearman, South Carolina's superintendent, thinks the Republican presidential nominee is likely to be a big backer of local control, though Trump has said little about education so far.