Thursday, January 31, 2008
The commission held the hearing to push Congress to pass the reauthorization of the Act. And the co-chairmen of the commission had some choice words about the election and the lack of an education theme.
"Why can't we get the candidates to talk about...issues that are important?" asked Tommy Thompson, former Wisconsin governor and former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, who made a short run at the candidacy. "Maybe we can start a surge on No Child Left Behind."
And his co-chairman, former Georgia governor Roy Barnes, made similar pointed remarks. "Education should be the number one issue that should be discussed and it is not," he said. "This is about whether this is a competitive nation in a competitive world."
That led to some spontaneous applause from part of the overflow audience in the Caucus Room of the Senate's Russell Building.
Monday, January 28, 2008
The former governor of Massachusetts, who amassed a personal fortune as a business man that has been estimated to be worth as much as $350-million, is using money as a way to help energize young campaign workers.
In what appears to be the first program of its kind, Mr. Romney's campaign is signing up students to solicit donations and paying them a 10-percent commission if they raise at least $1,000.
Here's The Chronicle's look at the effort.
Meanwhile, we also wrote this story last week about the obstacles college students face to voting.
As the youth vote gains a lot of attention this election cycle, groups that register, educate, and protect student voters are redoubling their efforts, the story reports. And advocacy groups are lobbying for laws — like Election Day registration — that favor college-aged voters.
Sunday, January 27, 2008
I wish I could report Ted Kennedy was endorsing Barack Obama after a long talk about education policy. But Kennedy, a key ed policy player in Congress, has not mentioned education in any of his quotes about Obama.
In fact, as Obama has emerged as a top candidate and the primaries have heated up, there isn't much talk at all about education. Since Iowa, where schools at least were coming up in conversation, education has fallen off the radar while the economy has exploded as a top concern.
Even when Obama sits for an interview he is sticking with the general themes of his education platform.
The post also appear on my education blog, Get on the Bus.
(Image credit: eonline.com)
Saturday, January 26, 2008
How good is the endorsement of about 1,900 students from a small college in Virginia? According to the story, in 100 years of holding conventions, they've only missed five times.
In the wake of some fierce politicking and debating, she also picked up a primary endorsement from the NYT, which had this to say about her views on education: "Mrs. Clinton also has good ideas about fixing the dysfunction in Mr. Bush’s No Child Left Behind education program." You can read the whole endorsement here.
More as the primary season gathers steam.
~ Cathy Grimes
The Daily Press
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
What if the candidates were judged not on their general education positions but on school accountability alone? That's what we attempted to do at USA Today. This ran Monday.
Romney came out the best, at least from our the school accountability perspective. Of course the economy, not education, was the focus in Michigan.
Friday, January 11, 2008
Thursday, January 3, 2008
Political scientists have chewed over those questions since 1972, when the Iowa Democratic Party moved its caucus from April to the then-startlingly-early date of January 24. (Iowa Republicans followed suit four years later.)
At our Campaign U. blog, we spoke with Christopher C. Hull, an adjunct assistant professor of government at Georgetown University and a former legislative aide in Des Moines, about his take. He wades into these debates over the Iowa caucus in a new book, Grassroots Rules: How the Iowa Caucus Helps Elect American Presidents (Stanford University Press).
Mr. Hull concedes that New Hampshire packs a stronger punch than Iowa. But he argues that the New Hampshire vote is partly shaped by the Iowa results — and that Iowa’s mediating role appears to be growing stronger over time, perhaps because the Internet allows candidates to quickly exploit shifts in momentum. (John Kerry, for example, had an online fund-raising windfall during the days between the Iowa caucus and the New Hampshire primary in 2004.)
The full Q&A can be found here.
The article also notes that "among New Hampshire residents planning to vote in the Democratic primary on Jan. 8, education tied with the economy for second among domestic issues, according to the ABC News/Washington Post poll."
So why isn't education a higher priority on the campaign trail?