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December 13, 2007

Mike (Petrilli) on Why Teachers Like Mike (Huckabee)

Not only is Republican Mike Huckabee, a former Arkansas governor, endearing himself to a growing mass of voters, but he's gaining the support of a subset of a politically powerful bunch: teachers. Ex-Bushie, Hoover Institution fellow, and Fordham Foundation VP Michael J. Petrilli explores this phen...

December 07, 2007

A Close Encounter With Mike Huckabee

This dispatch comes from my colleague, Bess Keller, who covers the teacher beat, including the National Education Association: Last summer I saw Mike Huckabee take the stage at the National Education Association’s annual meeting and asked myself: What kind of GOP presidential candidate bothers t...

November 28, 2007

'Only Bill Richardson Has a Bold Plan for Our Schools'

That's the opening line of New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson's new television ad that's running in Iowa. I question the "only" and the "bold" part of his claim. His "bold plan," if elected president: getting rid of the No Child Left Behind Act, expanding prekindergarten, paying teachers more, and ex...

November 21, 2007

Speaking of Merit Pay....This Time in Oregon

There's a big fight brewing over merit pay in Oregon, where an anti-union activist is taking on the teachers' unions by campaigning for a 2008 ballot initiative that would link teacher raises to "classroom performance." Read more about that here. Voters in Oregon nixed a similar proposal when it wa...

November 20, 2007

Obama's Education Plan and His Dance Around Hot-Button Teacher Issues

In Sen. Barack Obama's new education plan, his ideas for reforming the teaching profession are substantial, expensive, and have the potential to result in fairly dramatic changes in the teaching profession. I discussed this with one of my colleagues on the teacher beat here at Education Week, Bess K...

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...

November 15, 2007

Washington School Tax Referendum: It's Not Over Until All the Votes Are Counted

While most of the education fuss on Election Day last week was over the voucher referendum in Utah, there was another significant, state-level referendum, this one in Washington State where results are still, a week later, neck-and-neck. Although many believed a referendum that would have made it ...

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