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Charters and Choice

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

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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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Early Childhood Education

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

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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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Candidate Perspectives on Charters and Choice

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  2008 Presidential Candidates All Take Different Stands On Addressing School Choice  

Democrat Barack Obama is committed to “do what works for the kids” and wants to replicate what is already successful on the local level. While he supports charter schools over vouchers, he supports vouchers in school systems where they are already shown to work. More info.

Democrat Hillary Clinton promotes charter schools, and proposes the Investment for Tomorrow’s Schools Act to fund new charter schools. Clinton does not support vouchers, stating that she “strongly oppose[s] voucher schemes that divert precious resources away from financially strapped public schools.” More info.

Republican John McCain promotes competition between schools for the privilege of educating students, using vouchers, charters, and homeschooling. He primarily supports the use of vouchers, arguing that “all federal financial support must be predicated on providing parents the ability to move their children, and the dollars associated with them, from failing schools.” More info.

   
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