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February 20, 2008

Obama's Damage Control on Vouchers

Barack Obama dared to declare that he might be open to vouchers if there's evidence to back up this controversial education reform effort and, more importantly, if it's what's "best for kids." Imagine that—a presidential hopeful being in favor of a program if there's research to support it, and i...

February 19, 2008

If a Student of Yours Plagiarized, What Would Be the Punishment?

That's the question I started thinking about given the flap over Sen. Barack Obama's "plagiarism" of some lines from a speech of Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, a big-time Obama supporter. I'm in grad school now, and as a student, plagiarism (or the borrowing of another's work and claiming it as...

February 14, 2008

Obama is "Open" to Vouchers

Yesterday, I asked if Democrat Barack Obama would stand up to teachers' unions and embrace policies that they would oppose. Well, it seems he's doing just that. In an eyebrow-raising statement to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Illinois senator said he's a skeptic of vouchers, but that he migh...

February 13, 2008

Should McCain Get an "Incomplete" Grade in Education?

If you could grade the presidential candidates on their education platforms, what would you give them? Newsweek magazine did just that after getting the opinions of Education Sector's Thomas Toch and the Center for Education Reform's Jeanne Allen. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a Republican,...

February 12, 2008

Will Obama Stand Up to the Teachers' Unions?

That's essentially the question The Politico asked of Democratic Sen. Barack Obama, in this interview posted last night. The question came about when the interviewer remarked that Republican frontrunner John McCain has often bucked his own party (on issues such as immigration) and has the battle s...

February 06, 2008

NEA to Democrats: Come and Get It

In the wake of the Super Tuesday results, which showed no clear favorite among Democrats, the 3.2-million member National Education Association wants to remind Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama that the union's endorsement is still up for grabs. With that endorsement comes access to hundreds o...

February 01, 2008

Clinton's Retribution? Blame Kennedy for NCLB

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 endorse...

February 01, 2008

The Biggest Education Issue That Is Not Education

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 presid...

January 31, 2008

Clinton Dissed by California Teachers' Union

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

January 28, 2008

Education Endorsement

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, ...

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