Prez Candidates: Schools? What Schools?

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With big issues like the war and Iran hounding ’08 presidential candidates, have domestic schooling issues gone completely off their collective radar?

Education has never been the sexiest of topics, but as Education Week points out, the next president needs to hone in on a few dry, but important, issues: the future of No Child Left Behind, the expansion of prekindergarten programs, and how much federal dollars should be spent on charter schools or private school choice. An interactive chart in the same article gives the low-down on where all the red and blue candidates stand on the issues.

The education think tank Education Sector argues that candidates should focus on improved recruitment and compensation for teachers, and opening new schools in low-income areas.

And here’s one more candidate-by-candidate comparison on issues like school vouchers and social promotion. Just because the candidates aren’t talking about it, doesn’t mean we can’t.

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