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September 26, 2008

The Importance of Tonight's Debate

The health of the economy has a dramatic effect on school districts.

July 28, 2008

An Education Debate?

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 Founda...

July 24, 2008

Obama/McCain Advisers Debate Again, Some More

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 h...

June 05, 2008

So It Begins ...

From contributing blogger Alyson Klein: The general election debate over education policy, that is. Federal reporter extraordinaire David Hoff and I will be attending a forum tomorrow sponsored by the Association of Educational Publishers. It's being billed as the first chance for some the educatio...

February 22, 2008

Democrats Debate in Texas

If education voters were hoping that last night's Democratic debate on CNN might give Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York and Barack Obama of Illinois a chance to hash out their views on school choice, teacher pay, or any other hot button education issue ... they were sorely disappointed. Ther...

January 22, 2008

Live from South Carolina, where Education is a Civil Right

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. D...

January 16, 2008

Is the Dropout Crisis as Urgent as the Mortgage Crisis?

During Tuesday's Democratic debate in Las Vegas, sponsored by MSNBC, the three front-runners were asked a very serious question about education. To what do you attribute the high dropout rate among African-American students, and what would you do about it? The question went to Illinois Sen. Barack...

November 30, 2007

The Education Questions That Didn't Get Asked on the CNN/YouTube Debate

Since I've already updated you on the education question that did get asked during Wednesday night's Republican CNN/YouTube debate, I thought I'd put together a collection of my favorite school-related questions submitted to YouTube that were not asked. These certainly would have sparked interestin...

November 29, 2007

Petrilli: 'Same Old' Education Ideas From the Presidential Candidates

Check out Michael J. Petrilli's thoughtful piece in the National Review that sizes up the education debate in the presidential campaigns. Petrilli, a vice president of the Fordham Foundation and a former Bush administration education official, offers an important insight at the end of his article...

November 29, 2007

The CNN/YouTube Republican Debate: The Confederate Flag Over Education?

Last night's CNN/YouTube Republican debate in Florida provided an opportunity for regular people to submit questions to the presidential questions via video through YouTube—and thousands did. As I scanned the questions beforehand, I found that hundreds dealt with education, from how the candidates...

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