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Thursday, July 14, 2011

What Do Presidential Candidates Believe About Education and Educational Reform?

Truth in American Education has linked Presidential candidates' views on education.

You may find a recap here.

There is additional information from Grumpy Educators on candidate viewpoints.

It may be time for state and US representatives and senators to also go on the record about their stance on education reform as well. Do you have a governor's race in your state this year? Governors should have opinions on education as it is a large percentage of their budgets. Determine their viewpoints on education.

Also ask your US House of Representatives candidate his/her viewpoint on if he/she believes RTTT, Common Core standards and a possible nationalized curriculum is constitutional. Determine how much these candidates know about education.

When you ask your elected officials questions, keep in mind two important issues when you are listening to their answers. Ask yourself, do these reforms:

  • increase local control
  • reduce federal spending
If their reforms don't accomplish these goals, it may be time to find a candidate who will work to see these goals are met.

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