They're like the kid in the back of the classroom with his hand raised, whom the teacher never gets to call on because the other students are shouting for attention. Education activists thought that the 2008 presidential campaign would be their opportunity to make progress on the multitude of troubles besieging the nation's schools: low test scores, high dropout rates, teen violence, skyrocketing college costs. Then along came the tumbling economy, climbing gas prices, continued problems in Iraq, and the Rev. Jeremiah Wright.
So writes Dana Hawkins-Simons in US News and World Report about why education has not really taken off as an issue.
The magazine also gives a glimpse of the candidates' education advisers.
It also offers a capsule of each candidate's positions on education, including No Child Left Behind, teacher pay, and higher education affordability.