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Thursday, October 27, 2011

#WeCantWait to Hear Live Stream Educational Views of Republican Candidates. More Bipartisanship and More of the Same?

Bipartisanship is the buzz word in education these days. Is that a good development? President Bush and Senator Ted Kennedy crafted No Child Left Behind which has been criticized by the left and the right. Arne Duncan has crafted waivers for NCLB which seem to impose even more mandates on states to escape the impossible goal of having 100% of students to be proficient. This plan also has not been popular with those from both political parties.

FoxNews.com will live stream the Presidential Republican candidates this afternoon questioning them on their views on education:

Visit FoxNews.com on Thursday for a live presidential primary candidates forum dedicated to discussing the future of American education.

Hosted by News Corp. and the College Board, and streaming live on FoxNews.com from 5 to 6:30 p.m. ET, the forum will feature 2012 Republican presidential candidates Michelle Bachmann, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum. Hosted in New York City, the forum is timed to coincide with the College Board’s annual meeting.

The discussion, titled “Education and Election 2012,” will be moderated by The Wall Street Journal’s Paul Gigot and renowned education expert and reformer Joel I. Klein, CEO of News Corporation’s education division.

News Corp. is the parent of Fox News Channel and FoxNews.com.

The 111-year-old College Board is best known as the organization that administers the SATs and Advanced Placement tests. Each year, the College Board helps more than seven million students prepare for college.

A mission-driven, not-for-profit organization created to expand access to higher education, the College Board also conducts research and advocacy for students, educators and schools. The board's membership is made up of more than 5,900 of the world’s leading educational institutions.

Listen to it this afternoon if you are able. Hopefully a podcast will be available later on the site for those unable to access the live stream. It will be interesting to hear if these candidates call for states to reclaim their constitutional right to educate their citizens...or if they call for more of the same Federal control. Gosh, how's that Federal Control been working for the last four decades? It hasn't worked so well in terms of raising test scores (they are flatlined), but fabulous in spending taxpayer dollars (an increase of 190% in federal spending).

As Mitt Romney and Rick Perry will not be in attendance, their education platforms (or not) are listed here (Romney) and here (Perry).

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