Last Look at Ed Policy Before Election

Before next Tuesday’s presidential election, the National Education Writers Association has published some clarification of the candidates’ differences in Education Policy. The following is a summary for your information:

Would rescind NCLB waivers, reauthorize NCLB, and allow NCLB pre-waiver laws to be enforced in the interimWould reauthorize NCLB, but allow the approved state waivers to replace the accountability plan if approved
Says he supports pre-k, but cut pre-k funding and vetoed a bill that would’ve allocated $10M to expand pre-k in MassachusettsSays he’ll ‘redouble’ his commitment to pre-k, and continue providing the opportunity for its expansion through Race to The Top
Would re-route funds for financially-needy and special-education students from schools to parents to help them pay for private schools of their choice (via vouchers)Does not support the voucher concept, but supports charter school concept and any opportunities to expand school choice for parents. Also supports the increased investment in public school education reform
Says he will not cut education, but has not stated plans to increase its fundingAsking for $1B to train new STEM teachers, hire more teachers, new school construction projects and 1st-responders
Calls for colleges to slow tuition increases. Says he will keep the Pell Grant program growing, although his running mate’s proposed budget cuts discretionary spending by 19%, a line item that includes Pell GrantsCalls for colleges to slow/cease tuition hikes. He has steadily increased the funds to the Pell Grant program, while reducing the number of students receiving the maximum grant award.
Will reverse the Obama administration’s moves that resulted in the expansion of college aid – Romney would return to the former model of private banks receiving fees from the students and the government for administering student loansEnded the relationship with financial institutions, saving money for students and the government, which were paying the banks to manage the loans.
Supports tying teacher performance with pay. Does not have the support of teacher unions because his of past anti-union remarks.Supports tying teacher performance with pay. Retains union support.
Supports Common Core State Standards, but often incorrectly describes it as a ‘federal initiative’ which draws bipartisan criticism of RomneySupports Common Core State Standards and describes it correctly as a state collaboration initiative