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February 25, 2008

Team Obama

Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., is now the frontrunner in the Democratic presidential race, both in delegates and in the popular vote. So it's well with taking a look at his team of education advisers ... these folks could well end up staffing the U.S. Department of Education under an Obama administratio...

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...

February 21, 2008

Ohio Teachers Want Answers from Obama

Inquiring minds in Ohio want to know: Is Obama open to vouchers, or isn't he? That's the gist of this letter the Ohio Federation of Teachers sent to Sen. Barack Obama's campaign this week after the Illinois Democrat recently told newspaper reporters in Milwaukee that he might reconsider his opposi...

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...

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