September 2012

From the convention: Obama says America can ‘out-educate and out-compete’ anyone

President Barack Obama had barely begun his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention on Thursday before uttering a word Republican nominee Mitt Romney didn’t mention until he was three-quarters through: Education. Obama addressed a handful of specific education goals, asking for help in recruiting 200,000 math and science teachers within the next 10 years […]

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From the convention: Denise Juneau says Montana not interested in tying teacher evaluations to test scores

Denise Juneau, Montana’s Superintendent of Public Instruction, took the stage at the Democratic National Convention Wednesday to speak highly of President Obama’s views on education – even though she doesn’t always agree with him. Juneau, the first Native American woman to win a statewide election, also spent some of her speech talking about other ways […]

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From the convention: Obama sees education as “investment,” not expense

Former President Bill Clinton praised President Barack Obama’s support of community colleges and student loan reforms Wednesday night, in a stirring speech that took on Republican attacks of Obama while praising the president’s record. Clinton highlighted the president’s policy that allows students to pay back loans based on income after graduation. “It means no one […]

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From the convention: Michelle Rhee on how Obama — or Romney — should change education

Michelle Rhee, former chancellor of Washington, D.C.’s public schools, thinks that Democrats have entered a new phase in their relationship with teachers unions. And she thinks a push by Republicans for local control of education is unquestionably wrong. A political – and often controversial – figure since she started as chancellor in 2007, Rhee will […]

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From the convention: What does a pro-charter president look like?

President Barack Obama and his challenger Mitt Romney have both thrown their support behind charter schools, publicly funded schools that operate outside of district rules. Obama gave states points in his Race to the Top initiative, in which states promised to undergo education reforms in exchange for federal money, for raising charter caps. Romney’s entire […]

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From the convention: Education finally plays a starring role

Democrats came out strong on education Tuesday, in a night devoted to praising President Barack Obama’s first term in office and focusing on federal education programs and funding from the littlest learners to college students. It was a sharp contrast to the Republican convention last week, where education was mentioned mostly in passing until a […]

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From the convention: Unions need to be part of education reform, legislators say

Legislators from across the U.S. gathered at the Democratic National Convention Tuesday and discussed the need for unions to be a part of any real education policy changes. They also noted that that both unions and politics can get in the way. A town hall hosted by Democrats for Education Reform showcased feuds that have […]

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From the convention: How can we fix higher education?

Charlie Nelms, former chancellor of North Carolina Central University, wants to send higher education faculty members back to school. Speaking at a panel during the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, Nelms stressed the need for college and university professors to “teach people, not content.” Nelms believes that faculty members who went through postsecondary education years […]

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