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January 14, 2008

In Nevada, A Tale of Two Different Teachers' Unions

The teachers' unions are very busy in Nevada, which will host a presidential primary on Jan. 19. But the political strategies of the two powerful, rival unions — the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association — are very different. To make sure their teachers are hear...

January 09, 2008

The 'Quality Counts' Message on Teacher Pay

Boosting teacher pay is a hot education reform topic on the presidential campaign trail, especially for Democrats. Barack Obama even talked about it last night during his second-place-finish speech in the New Hampshire primary, saying, "We [need to] stop talking about how great teachers are and st...

January 08, 2008

New Hampshire: Moms and the Economy Rule

No matter which party they identified with, voters in yesterday's New Hampshire primary are worried about one thing: the economy. New Hampshire featured big come-from-behind victories for Sen. John McCain of Arizona, a Republican written off months ago, and Democratic Sen. Hillary Clinton of New Yo...

January 04, 2008

Iowa Caucuses: Change is Needed, But Even in Education?

The results from yesterday's Iowa caucuses make one thing very clear: these Midwestern voters are demanding change. So they gave their votes to Republican Mike Huckabee, a likable, though sometimes gaffe-prone, bass-playing former Arkansas governor who has made arts education his big school initiat...

December 10, 2007

How Education Plays in Campaign Ads

While the topic of education may be taking a backseat to other important issues on the presidential campaign trail, it's getting some prominent attention in candidates' television ads. Here are a couple of the latest: Democratic Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York, who recently got the endorsem...

December 03, 2007

Clinton vs. Thompson, if Social Studies Teachers Had Their Way

This was no Iowa caucus. Nor was it a New Hampshire primary. But if the votes of 710 social studies teachers counted, there would be no need for such politicking. The presidential finalists would be: Republican Fred Thompson and Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton. Those are the results of a "presiden...

November 28, 2007

Clinton's Plan to Cut the Dropout Rate in Half

Democrat Hillary Clinton outlined her plan to cut the dropout rate in half yesterday at a campaign stop in South Carolina, an early-voting state in the presidential primary race with one of the lowest graduation rates in the country. Sen. Clinton, of New York, has some good ideas (which I'll get to...

November 20, 2007

Clinton Calls Merit Pay for Teachers 'Demeaning'

One of the few issues in education that divides Democratic front-runners Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama in this presidential campaign is merit pay. Yesterday, Sen. Clinton criticized the idea during a campaign stop at an Iowa elementary school. While the senator from New York said she supports th...

November 16, 2007

Democratic Candidates on Merit Pay: Teachers' Unions Have Nothing to Worry About

In last night's Democratic debate on CNN, the seven presidential candidates were asked whether they were in favor of the very controversial issue of merit pay for teachers, which is generally fiercely opposed by some of the Democrats' biggest supporters—the teachers' unions. None of the candidate...

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