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Election 2012


Fact Sheet: The Candidates on Education

October 19, 2012

From teacher pay to No Child Left Behind, a new chart from the USC Rossier School of Education compares the positions of President Obama and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney on the most important education topics.

“There is less difference between the candidates on education than on many issues,” says Dominic Brewer of the USC Rossier School. “Both, for example, support standards-based accountability, albeit with a significant overhaul, more charter schools, and reformed teacher evaluation systems.

“Two big differences are Governor Romney’s plan that Federal Title I funds be usable at any public or private school, as well as federal student aid reform, while President Obama has pressed for stronger regulation of for-profit higher education,” Brewer says.


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