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Charters and Choice

How can we give students options when their public schools are failing them?

Overview

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College Access

College: Can't afford not to go, can't afford to go...

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The Dropout Dilemma

What are the real costs of dropping out?

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No Child Left Behind

What exactly is NCLB and how is it effecting our education system?

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Pros and Cons

What's Next?

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Early Childhood Education

How do we ensure that all children are prepared to enter kindergarten?

Overview

In Focus: Head Start

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Teachers

Why are we struggling to recruit and retain teachers? What reforms do the candidates propose to solve the teacher shortage and improve their working conditions?

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School-to-Work

With a struggling economy, should lawmakers place further emphasis on federally-funded school-to-work programs? Moreover, do they work?

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John McCain Quotes
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“He believes we should let them compete for the most effective, character-building teachers, hire them, and reward them.”
http://www.johnmccain.com

McCain

On NCLB:
“McCain also addressed education, saying that holding teachers accountable for educating students improves schools, but No Child Left Behind needs to be reviewed to measure its full efficacy.”
-http://www.azcentral.com/news/election/special3/articles/0419tr-mccain19-ON.html

On Teacher Salary:
“There's a whole generation that's retiring. It is unconscionable that the average salary of a lawyer is $79,000 a year and the average salary of a teacher is $39,000 a year.”
-Republican Debate at Dartmouth College Oct 29, 1999

McCain

On Merit-based Pay:
“McCain promoted merit-based pay for teachers, calling higher teacher salaries an "urgent necessity." But he added that teachers should be tested for competence periodically and fired if they don't meet certain standards.”
-Associated Press Jun 14, 1999


“McCain has said he would present most federal education money to states in unrestricted block grants--he would include an additional $500 million earmarked broadly for teachers' merit pay--and leave it to the states and districts to spend as they see fit.”
- New York Times Feb 29, 2000


“1989: Co-sponsored the Educational Excellence Act, to recognize and reward schools, teachers, and students for their outstanding achievements; enhance parental choice; and encourage the study of science, mathematics, and engineering. [Supports incentive pay in the form of merit pay.]"
-“McCain for President,” July 2, 1999

 

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