September 2008 Archives

Barack Obama wants to create a $25 billion fund to fast-track construction projects, whether they be for highways or schools, which he says will lead to 1 million new jobs.

Republicans have not responded to repeated requests for clarification on their endorsement of an "English First" policy as part of the official GOP platform.

Many Education Department programs will never be on the chopping block during an Obama administration because Obama himself has championed them.

Sen. Barack Obama strongly suggested in Friday's debate that he would not want education to be sacrificed because of Wall Street's woes.

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

Barack Obama's presidential campaign brought out the brainpower this week in an attempt to sell the candidate as the one who would devote the most attention and resources to science education and innovation.

An estimated 72 million children worldwide were out of school in 2005.

The National Education Association has about 30 to 50 house races and 7 to 9 Senate races on its radar screen, says the union's director of campaigns and elections.

It shouldn't be surprising that Barack Obama is catching more heat on his relationship—whatever it was—with the controversial Bill Ayers.

The Democratic nominee has a plan to spend $18 billion-a-year more on early education and K-12 education. But that was before the federal government was poised to spend some $700 billion to bail out Wall Street.

Jon Schnur, the co-founder of New Leaders for New Schools, is taking a leave of absence from his job to devote more time to advising the Obama campaign.

Democrats for Education Reform, which some view as an effort to help counterbalance to teachers' unions influence on the Democratic Party, sent out a request today to donors.

Memo to Sens. McCain and Obama: Big wigs at Fortune 1000 companies are worried that there aren't going to be enough engineers, researchers, scientists and other professionals...

Voters need to keep children's issues, including health and social welfare, in mind as they head to the ballot box, a coalition of advocacy groups and professional associations says.

Top McCain education adviser Lisa Graham Keegan and Jon Schnur, one of Obama's advisers, have a spirited discussion of the issues.

It may be no small thing to mount a voter registration drive at the 2,600 Head Start programs across the country, which has the potential to reach the parents of 1 million children.

She tells ABC that questions about combining family and a political career are irrelevant, thanks in part to the federal law barring sex bias in education.

The McCain campaign and its supporters continue to cherry-pick a quote and take it out of context.

Sen. John McCain has some ideas for pre-K that are sure to generate broad support in Congress ... because lawmakers have already passed them as part of the most recent reauthorization of the Head Start.

Both candidates touted their plans to bolster community service.

The New York Times finds that McCain's ad "distorts Obama's policy." The Washington Post declares that his ad is "dishonest, deceptive."

Yesterday, I called the Obama ad attacking McCain's record on education "misleading."

Sen. John McCain has not let Sen. Barack Obama's attack ad on education go unanswered. And he's hit back hard. (I've pasted the video below.) The commercial slams Obama for not making a "significant mark" on education, for being "elusive" on accountability, and defending the "public school monopoly." And then there's the kicker: The ad says Obama's one accomplishment is "legislation to teach comprehensive sex education to kindergartners" before they learn to read. The ad, in effect, singles out a vote Obama cast a member of an Illinois state legislative committee, which approved a bill that would allow schools to ...

John McCain and Sarah Palin were originally scheduled to hold a rally at in Fairfax High School in northern Virginia. tomorrow. But they canceled - not because some folks raised questions about whether the building should be used for a political event while school while school in session - but because the school's gym is too small, apparently. It holds about 6,500 people, according to the Associated Press. A nice side benefit: In switching locations, the campaign is side-stepping what looked like a potentially sticky squabble over whether the school can hold a political rally during academic hours at ...

While Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has only recently vaulted to the national stage, she's been on the radar screen for awhile here at Education Week, which covers the education angle of legislative sessions, governors' State of the State addresses, and any other big policy developments in the state capitals. In fact, EdWeek's "Capitol Recap" of Alaska's 2008 legislative session, an eight-paragraph account written by our Alaska beat reporter, Sean Cavanagh, is now being invoked by Sen. John McCain's presidential campaign in defense of charges that Palin cut special education while in office. Last night, the Arizona senator's campaign press office ...

Roy Romer and Marc Lampkin must have been high-fiving over their breakfast cereal. Or whatever it is that the leaders of ED in '08 do to celebrate a prominent place for education in the presidential campaign. Democratic nominee Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois released the first (in my memory) TV ad on education of the general election. So it's becoming an issue, sorta! Finally! The ad is mostly an attack on Sen. John McCain's record on education issues. It doesn't go into detail on Obama's own proposals for schools. You can check out the ad on Obama's Web site here. ...

Sen. Barack Obama will walk straight into the lion's den when he uses a campaign stop in Dayton, Ohio, this morning to pitch a plan to double federal funding for charter schools. There's perhaps no other state where the teachers' union (part of Obama's base) has so vehemently opposed these public schools, which operate free from many of the regulations that govern traditional public schools. UPDATE: The Teacher Beat blog details a somewhat surprising reaction to Obama's charter school proposal from the NEA. Meanwhile, the Democrats for Education Reform, which touts charter schools as a school reform tool, are cheering ...

The American Society of Quality wants educators to weigh in on what the next president should have on his "to-do" list. The group, which puts on the National Quality Education Conference for teachers, administrators and support personnel every year, wants educators to fill out a five-minute, three-question survey to help them compile this list, which will be delivered to either Barack Obama or John McCain after the Nov. 4 election. The survey asks respondents to rank nine education issues in order of importance, rank seven things that American students need more of in their education, and to identify one thing ...

Education Week launched a convention blitz by sending two teams of reporters to the Democratic and Republican conventions, armed with smartphones, laptops, video, and still cameras, with the goal being to deliver engaging, up-to-the-minute, and useful news . Response from readers was terrific, as gauged by the numerous comments we got. A sampling of the best reader comments from the convention: "Parents do have a choice. They elect a school board and can run for that office. Don't slay public education. It is the glue that holds education together." -- Don, John McCain Talks a Good Game on School Choice. "McCain ...

McCain's school choice rhetoric is disconnected from his policy proposals.

Education is "the civil rights issue of this century," the Arizona senator said when accepting the Republican presidential nomination.

These false charges spreading throughout the Web are driven by a misreading of the state's budget documents.

While at the RNC, Education Week reporters spoke with school administrators, teachers, and parents about their views on Sen. John McCain and the GOP's education platform.

If Sen. John McCain wins the White House, he'll have an ally in the top Republican on the House education committee.

Alaska governor cast herself as the PTA and hockey mom with bite in her speech to the Republican convention.

Republicans made subtle changes in the GOP platform on whether English should be the official language.

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will seek to define herself tonight.

The new president of the National Education Association, Dennis Van Roekel, spoke with Education Week reporter Mark Walsh about why he was at the RNC and how the NEA feels about Sen. John McCain's education agenda.

As president, the Republican candidate would persuade the more conservative wing of his party to support those policies.

Education Week reporter Alyson Klein spoke to the U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings about why she supports Sen. John McCain.

Rep. Castle says Bush lost his commitment to education reform, but McCain or Obama will retain tough accountabilty measures.

For education redesign efforts to succeed, they will have to be championed by Republicans, Democrats, and Independents, former speaker of the U.S. House says.

The teachers' union has about 40 delegates at the Republican National Convention this year.

The document calls for merit pay and school choice but is vague on the future of NCLB.

In an interview, the U.S. secretary of education discusses the campaign, No Child Left Behind, and Hurricane Gustav.

The ad calls for rigorous national standards, performance pay for teachers, and more learning time and support for students.

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