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Category - Politics,Election
Posted - 09/10/2012 09:10am
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Presidential Nominees Serve Up Sharp Differences on Education
Published Online: September 10, 2012

Presidential Nominees Serve Up Sharp Differences on Education

During the recently concluded presidential nominating conventions, President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney offered stark choices on K-12 policy while downplaying areas of agreement between their two parties—and the tensions within each party on education issues.

In Charlotte, N.C., last week, the Democrats put a relentless focus on Mr. Obama's record of making education a federal funding priority. They cited the billions of dollars his administration steered into saving teachers' jobs and broadening college access.

And convention speakers, including U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, highlighted the president's role in encouraging states to adopt rigorous standards and warned that Republicans would slash education spending.

President Barack Obama speaks at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Sept. 6.
—Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP

In Tampa, Fla., the week before, Republicans picked Mr. Romney as their standard-bearer. They pointed to Mr. Obama's lack of support for private school choice and hammered teachers' unions as an obstruction to the GOP vision for education reform.

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