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Wednesday
Feb272013

Pre-Sequester Pink Slips? Duncan Stretches Impact on Teachers

Paul Morigi/WireImage(WASHINGTON) -- At the White House Wednesday, Education Secretary Arne Duncan sounded the alarm over looming automatic cuts to the nation’s school system, warning that as many as 40,000 teachers could lose their jobs with some layoffs already under way.

It’s an eye-opening claim, but one not entirely supported by facts.

“Over the next, you know, month or two, you’ll see lots of pink slips go out,” Duncan said.  “That’s starting,” he added, “it’s still really early on.”

The secretary told reporters Wednesday that in “a couple districts,” including Kanawha County, W.Va., Title I and Head Start teachers have already received the bad news that they will be out of work.  It’s a claim he first made publicly Sunday on CBS’ Face the Nation.

“There are literally teachers now who are getting pink slips, who are getting notices that they can’t come back this fall,” he said at the time.

Experts agree that widespread teacher layoffs could eventually become reality if the package of deep spending cuts known as sequester is allowed to hold. But they say there are not many signs a wave of pink slips has begun.

Kanawha County officials told ABC News that no pink slips have been issued this year because of budgetary issues or the sequester, and that no contingency plans have been drawn up in case the automatic cuts do take hold.

“We’re just waiting to hear whether these cuts go through and how much money we’ll lose,” said one administrator, who asked not to be identified.

Pam Padon, director of federal programs and Title I for Kanawha County public schools, told the Washington Post that “transfer notices” were sent to 104 teachers, informing them that they may have a new assignment starting next fall, and that some of those transfers could ultimately mean several people lose their jobs.

County officials, speaking on condition of anonymity to ABC News, confirmed the report, but said that those notices were not considered layoffs or pink slips and have nothing to do with sequestration.

The American Association of School Administrators has offered a similar assessment of the current state of play, saying it knows of no sequester-related layoffs among its members. The full scope of necessary layoffs won’t be known until local districts assess the budgetary damage from sequester, if it takes effect, and develop plans for the coming school year, officials have said.

A spokesman for the Education Department did not respond to ABC News’ request for comment on the secretary’s claims. Duncan did qualify his active-layoffs claim with this:  “Whether it’s all sequester-related, I don’t know. But there are teachers who are getting pink slips now.”

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Thursday
Feb142013

Preschool for All: President Obama’s Pipe Dream or Possibility?

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(ATLANTA) -- President Obama wants to guarantee preschool education for every American 4-year-old, a sweeping expansion of the nation’s taxpayer-funded public school system.

The task would be expensive -- by one estimate, costing $10.5 billion a year. In Georgia, where universal pre-K access is already the goal, officials put the annual cost at $10,000 per child.

But Thursday Obama argued in Atlanta that a sea change in expert thinking about pre-primary education shows that the investment is worthwhile and overdue, promising social and economic benefits for years to come.

“This is not babysitting,” Obama said at an event at a suburban recreation center to promote his plan.

“Study after study shows that the earlier a child begins learning, the better he or she does down the road,” he said. “But here’s the thing: We are not doing enough to give all of our kids that chance.”

“The size of your paycheck, though, shouldn’t determine your child’s future. So let’s fix this,” he added.

Details of the plan and its exact price tag are still works in progress. But the White House points to Georgia — with its conservative, budget-conscious politics — as a model for the rest of the nation.

The state has been a pioneer in universal pre-K education since the 1990s, using funds from the state’s lottery to expand early childhood programs and extend access to everyone. Most of the state’s pre-K programs are essentially public-private partnerships.

“Universal pre-K is more difficult to do because you’re opening it up to a larger group of children and that requires more funding. But Georgia has been doing this for 20 years,” said Bobby Cagle, a Republican commissioner for the state’s department of early care and learning.

The state currently has 84,000 four-year-olds enrolled in pre-K programs, but limited state funds have hampered efforts to keep up with demand.  There are 8,000 kids on a waiting list, Cagle said.

The situation illustrates a major challenge facing Obama’s goal of universal pre-K.

“There are some families who opt not to do it — keeping children at home or in local programs that they are part of,” said Paige McCay Kubik, a spokeswoman for Sheltering Arms Community and Family Centers, Georgia’s oldest early childhood program at 125 years. “But funding is the top issue....That’s one of the reasons it’s grown slowly.”

Georgia’s dismal high school graduation rate — just 67 percent, one of the worst in the country — also raises questions about whether expanding preprimary education will yield improved academic performance later on.

“The federal government has a poor track record of managing early childhood education initiatives, with mounting evidence that Head Start may not be helping students as much as we had hoped,” said Republican Rep. John Kline of Minnesota, who chairs the House Committee on Education, of the federal government’s existing early childhood program targeting low-income families.

“We all want to give children a solid foundation for a bright future, but that also means we can’t saddle them with even more debt,” he added.

But Cagle said the high school graduation rate is an imperfect measure, urging patience in measuring the benefits of pre-K investment over a longer term.

Teachers and administrators on the front lines, including Kubik, say numerous recent top university studies are showing that enrolled pre-K students demonstrate stronger academic and life skills years down the road.

Not having high-quality adult interactions at age four, for example, can lead to “weak brain structure” and poorer performance on reading and math skills, several studies show.  Experts say there’s not much kids can do to make up for that lost time later on.

As for political appetite in Washington for more spending on early childhood programs, advocates say bipartisan support on the state level — including from Georgia’s GOP Gov. Nathan Deal — means Obama’s plan should not be ruled “dead on arrival.”

“The biggest thing is that we’re seeing — it’s not just educators getting behind this, it’s business people, criminal justice people, even the military — talking about starting early,” said Kubik.

Added Cagle, “I know there are a lot of issues around budget that need to be straightened out, but we lawmakers in Washington can come together.”

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Wednesday
Aug222012

Obama Attacks Romney on Class Size Despite Education Secretary’s Similar View

JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/GettyImages(LAS VEGAS) -- On the air and on the stump Wednesday, President Obama attacked GOP rival Mitt Romney for not embracing the idea that smaller class sizes for public school students should be a top education priority.

“When a teacher in West Philadelphia told Governor Romney that having too many kids in his class made it harder for him to do his job, Governor Romney told him that class sizes don’t matter,” Obama said Wednesday in Las Vegas.

“There are a lot of studies that say that class sizes do matter, especially in the early grades,” he said. “Would any parent want their kids to go to a school with much bigger class sizes?”

A new Obama campaign TV ad makes the same point, portraying Romney as out of touch.

While Romney has indeed argued that small class sizes are not the key to improving student performance, left unmentioned is that Obama Education Secretary Arne Duncan has publicly expressed a similar view.

During one meeting with education reporters last year, Duncan reportedly “firmly pushed back against reflexive small-class mania,” wrote Education Week’s Rick Hess, who was there.

“He said, ‘Class size has been a sacred cow and I think we need to take it on. Give me and my wife a choice of putting our kids with a great teacher of 28 or a mediocre teacher of 23, and I know what I’d choose every time,’” Hess recounts.

“When pressed on the ‘don’t parents prefer smaller classes?’ question, Duncan said, ‘I don’t think parents have been given the choice I just put on the table…There’s no right choice there… [but] selectively raising class size’ is different from simple-minded calls for bigger classes,” according to Hess.

Other reports from Education Week show that Duncan expressed similar views even earlier in the administration, during a 2010 forum at the American Enterprise Institute.

“He urged districts to consider ‘modest but smartly targeted increases in class size,’” reported Alyson Klein, who attended the November 2010 gathering. “As a parent, Duncan said, he’d much rather have his kids in a class of 26 with a really excellent teacher, than in a class with 22 kids, lead by a mediocre teacher.”

The Romney campaign said Obama’s attacks are “misleading and hypocritical” in light of Duncan’s comments.

“President Obama’s latest ad puts him directly at odds with his own education secretary, who has promoted teacher quality -- not class size -- as the most important factor in a good education,” said Romney spokeswoman Amanda Henneberg.

Education Department spokesman Justin Hamilton dismissed any hypocrisy, stressing that there remains a stark contrast between the candidates on education policy.

“Secretary Duncan has said that class-size efforts should be targeted where the evidence shows they’re most effective, especially the early years,” said Hamilton, “And that the most important thing we can do is have a great teacher in every classroom.”

“That’s a far cry from that saying class sizes don’t matter or that we don’t need more teachers as an excuse to slash investments in education and shower tax benefits on millionaires and billionaires as the House Republican budget does,” he said.

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Wednesday
Aug222012

Obama: Romney's Education Cuts 'Unfair to Our Kids'

JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images(LAS VEGAS) -- For the second day in a row President Obama slammed Mitt Romney on education cuts, telling supporters in Nevada his opponent’s budget plan is “unfair to our kids” and “foolish for our future.”

Obama told students at Canyon River High School that Romney would cut federal funding for education by 20 percent to pay for tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans.

“I’ve got a question for Governor Romney. How many teachers' jobs are worth another tax cut for millionaires and billionaires?” Obama asked. “How many grants and loans for college students are worth a tax cut for Governor Romney, who certainly doesn't need it?”

Obama touted his administration’s education reforms but said Republicans in Congress, led by Romney’s running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., have blocked efforts to help states hire and retain teachers.

The mention of Republicans in Congress was met with boos from the crowd of roughly 3,000. “Don’t boo. Vote,” Obama fired back.

Obama argued that Romney doesn’t understand the challenges facing teachers, a point his campaign is also making in a new TV ad.

“Governor Romney says we've got enough teachers, we don't need any more. You know, the way he talks about them, it seems as if he thinks these are a bunch of nameless government bureaucrats that -- that we need to cut back on. Those are his words,” the president said.

The president was also briefly interrupted by a heckler who was swiftly escorted off the premises. “That young man probably needed a good teacher,” Obama joked.

Earlier today, Obama personally thanked teachers for their hard work as they ready for the new school year.

“I see how hard you guys work and I know you don't do it for the money. You do it because you really deeply care about these kids,” he told three local teachers, according to pool reports.

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Tuesday
Aug212012

President Obama Shifts Aim to Mitt Romney-Paul Ryan Education Plan

JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/GettyImages(COLUMBUS, Ohio) -- President Obama kicked off a two-day campaign swing through Ohio and Nevada Tuesday by shifting the focus of his attacks from Medicare and taxes to education, slamming the Mitt Romney-Paul Ryan plan to cut student aid.

“Whether it’s a four-year college [or] a two-year program, higher education is not a luxury, it is an economic necessity that every family in America should be able to afford. And that’s what’s at stake in this election,” the president told supporters.

Obama’s education pitch, which he is outlining in visits to two colleges and a high school in critical battleground states, is part of a broader effort to show how the Romney-Ryan budget cuts would negatively impact Americans.

Speaking at Capital University, the president told students heading back to school that his rivals’ plan would slash education funding to pay for tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires, hurting the nation’s ability to compete in the global economy.

“It’s a vision that says we can’t help young people who are trying to make it because we’ve got to protect the folks who already have made it,” the president said to boos from the crowd of 3,000.

Arguing the GOP plan would leave you “on your own,” Obama recounted how Romney recommended students “borrow money if you have to from your parents” and “shop around” when asked how he would make college more affordable.

“What Gov. Romney is offering is not an answer,” Obama said. “As we’re fighting back from the worst economic crisis of our lifetimes, you’ve got a lot of parents who are out there struggling just to make ends meet. And I don’t accept the notion that we should deny any child the opportunity to get a higher education.”

The president drew stark contrasts with his opponent’s wealthy background as he explained how he and his wife understood “first hand” the burden of student loan debt.

“We’ve been in your shoes,” he said. “Neither of us came from wealthy families. Both of us graduated from college and law school with a mountain of debt. When we married, we got poor together.”

In response, the Romney campaign slammed the president’s track record on education, saying “too many young Americans are suffering from higher college costs, more debt and a lack of good jobs when they graduate.”

“Today’s policies are just more of the same from a president who hasn’t fixed the economy or kept his promises to the young people who supported him four years ago. The Romney-Ryan plan will deliver 12 million new jobs to help recent graduates -- and all Americans -- enjoy a more prosperous future,” a Romney campaign spokeswoman said.

The president also spent time visiting with Ohio students Tuesday. Before his speech, Obama made a surprise stop at Sloopy’s Diner, a popular Ohio State University hangout, for lunch.

The president then worked his way around the restaurant and posed for photos, including one with a group of three students pantomiming O-H-I-O for Ohio State. Obama put his hands up as the letter “I.”

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Wednesday
Jul182012

Obama Unveils Corps to Recognize Top Math, Science Teachers

JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/GettyImages(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama on Wednesday is announcing a plan to create a “Master Teacher Corps” to recognize outstanding math and science teachers and incentivize educators to enter the field.

“If America is going to compete for the jobs and industries of tomorrow, we need to make sure our children are getting the best education possible.  Teachers matter, and great teachers deserve our support,” Obama said in a written statement.

The president hopes to use $1 billion from his 2013 budget request -- currently before Congress -- to gather the best and brightest math and science teachers from across the country.  The corps would start with 50 teachers and expand over four years to include 10,000 “Master Teachers.”

Members of the corps would be chosen through a competitive process and, in exchange for their expertise and service, would receive a stipend of up to $20,000 on top of their regular salaries.

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Tuesday
Jul032012

Biden Says Teachers ‘Under Full Blown Assault’ from Romney

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — Seeking to mobilize support for the November election, Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday warned the nation’s public school teachers that they are “under full blown assault” from Mitt Romney and the Republican Party.

“Gov. Romney and his allies in the Congress, their plan for public education in America is to let the states use Title One dollars to boost enrollment in private schools,” Biden told a crowd of more than 15,000 delegates at the National Education Association convention in Washington.

“I’m not looking for boos,” he told the crowd, which was reacting to mention of Romney. “I think we should just have a straight honest to God talk about the difference between… how President Obama and I view education and how our Republican colleagues today view it.”

The NEA, one of the nation’s largest public sector unions, endorsed a second Obama term one year ago and is considered a key player in Democratic organizing efforts in swing states. Membership has slumped over the past two years – down 100,000 alone since 2010, according to the group — meaning potentially fewer bodies on the ground and money for advertising. But the group’s enthusiasm for Obama appears not to have waned.

Biden, deploying his characteristic folksy charm, energized the crowd by hammering his Republican opponent for not understanding the public teaching profession or how to make it better.

“I’m afraid the governor and his allies, they don’t get it,” Biden said. “They don’t get why you chose this profession.

“Look folks, they either directly call you — and I’m not quoting Gov. Romney now — but your critics have directly called you or implied that you’re selfish. That all this is about is an easy ride… As if you’re not part of the community, as if you decided to teach for fame or fortune,” he said.

“They criticize you and they blame you. They make you the fall guy. They should be thinking of ways to help you make your job easier, not more difficult,” he said.

Citing the House Republican budget, Biden said a President Romney would gut investments in public education and lead to more teacher layoffs. He hit Romney for recent comments opposing additional federal aid to states to boost teacher hiring and claims that smaller class sizes don’t matter in student success.

“If you really want to know how fundamentally out of touch he is with what made you choose your profession go to his website,” Biden said. “Here’s what he says about you, and I’m quoting. ‘When your cause in life,’ referring to you… ‘is preventing parents from having a meaningful choice, or children from having a real chance, then you’re on the wrong side.’ That’s what he thinks of you. Pretty astounding,” Biden said.

“Your cause in life is preventing parents from seeing their children have an opportunity to dream? Your cause in life is preventing children from having a real chance? Is he serious? He is though,” he added.  “I believe he means what he says. I can’t think of a candidate for president who has made such a direct assault on such an honorable profession.”

In May, Romney revealed his plan to overhaul the nation’s public education system, which would promote school choice. He would allocate federal education funds by student, allowing parents to pick where to send their child to school, including online institutions.

Romney opposes additional federal aid to states to boost jobs for teachers and first responders, and he has argued that smaller class sizes (and more teachers to run them) should not necessarily be a policy goal. “All the talk about we need smaller classroom size … that’s promoted by the teachers unions to hire more teachers,” he said at a GOP primary debate in Orlando last September.

At a campaign stop in Iowa last month, Romney criticized the Obama-Biden plan to promote teacher hiring on the state level.

“He says we need more firemen, more policemen, more teachers. Did he not get the message in Wisconsin? The American people did,” the former governor said of Obama, invoking the unsuccessful recall of Wisconsin’s Republican governor. “It’s time for us to cut back on government and help the American people.”

Romney campaign spokeswoman Amanda Henneberg, responding to Biden, sought to focus on the economic situation facing U.S. high school and college graduations.

“Vice President Biden today doubled down on the same policies that have failed to fix our economy and help the middle class,” she said in a statement.

“Instead of creating good jobs for graduates, this administration has presided over one of the bleakest jobs markets for young people. Mitt Romney has the plan and record to put students first and make sure that they have a job waiting for them when they graduate.”

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Thursday
May242012

Philadelphia Politicians to Romney: Walk Our Streets

Mario Tama/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) -- As Mitt Romney went on a tour of a charter school in urban Philadelphia, sitting in on a music class and participating in an alliteration exercise with an English class, outside on the curb the city’s mayor and a gaggle of protesters stood infuriated at the candidate’s absence on the streets of their city, suggesting it was a failure by the candidate to relate to urban America.

“I am glad the Republican candidate has come to West Philadelphia, but instead of just talking at the school and getting back on his huge bus, he should come out, he should walk 60th Street, he should talk to folks who are out here that are mad so maybe he could understand how real Americans, those that live here in urban America, the issues that are important to us,” said Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams in a press conference organized by President Obama’s campaign and also attended by the city’s mayor, Michael Nutter.

“So it’s important that he’s here, I’m not saying that he shouldn’t be here, but it’d be very important if he were to really meet real people and talk to them for more than just a press event,” said Williams, who stood flanked by a group of about 50 protesters, holding signs that read “We are the 99 percent” and “In Philly Schools No bullies allowed,” a reference to a recent Washington Post article that alleged that Romney was a bully during his own high school years.

Those protesters on the street told ABC News that some of them have children who attend the Universal Bluford Charter School, the site of Romney’s education roundtable and tour Thursday, but were not invited inside to meet Romney.  Thursday’s event marked one of just a handful of Romney’s events that have taken place in an urban setting.  The event was not open to the public and included only Romney and 11 educational leaders and teachers from the school.

Nutter, repeating many of the Obama campaign’s talking points challenging Romney’s record in Massachusetts, said that he wasn’t sure why Romney came to the city.

“I don’t know why this guy’s here,” said Nutter. “[He] has suddenly somehow found West Philadelphia, somehow now wants to talk about education,” said Nutter.

Talking about Obama, Nutter said the president “spent time in a bunch of cities all across the United States of America, in New York, served in the general assembly, has run this country during the worst recession since the Great Depression and has put millions of people back to work.”

“Mitt Romney running his financial services firm put people out of work, damaged Americans, damaged families, caused people to lose their jobs, possibly lose their homes and all of that,” said Nutter. “Let’s talk about that. You want to have an urban experience? You want to have a West Philly experience? Then come out here and talk to somebody in West Philly.”

Inside the school, Romney outlined his education platform, which promotes school choice and a more stream-lined approach to school report cards and teacher evaluations. Reducing the class sizes, Romney said, was not key to students success, a claim many of the teachers in the roundtable took issue with.

“It’s nice that he decided this late in his time to see what a city like Philadelphia is about…It’s May,” said Nutter. “The election’s in November. I’m not sure what he’s going to learn here today. I don’t know that a one-day experience in the heart of West Philadelphia is enough to get you ready to run the United States of America.”

The Romney campaign did not immediately respond to a request for a comment regarding Nutter’s press conference and the protest.

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Thursday
May242012

Romney, Philly Teacher Go Head-to-Head on Class Size

Mario Tama/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) -- During a visit to a struggling West Philadelphia charter school Thursday meant to highlight his newly unveiled education platform, Mitt Romney was challenged by teachers at the school on his claim that small class sizes is not key to students’ success. Instructors at the school told the candidate about the struggles of teaching effectively in packed classrooms.

“I heard your position on class size and testing,” said Steven Morris, a teacher at the Universal Bluford Charter School, which serves students in grades K thru sixth grade. “But you know, I can’t think of any teacher in the whole time I have been teaching, 13 years, who would say that more students [in the classroom] would benefit.”

Morris was one of eleven teachers and educational leaders who joined Romney in a library in the school for a roundtable discussion.  

“And I can’t think of a parent that would say I would like my teacher to be in a room with a lot of kids and only one teacher,” Morris continued. “So I’m wondering where this research comes from.”

Romney opened the roundtable with remarks about his own education policy, during which he detailed what he did during his time as governor of Massachusetts, noting that information he gathered across the states found that smaller classroom sizes did not correlate to student performance.

“I came into office and talked to people and said what do we do to improve our schools and a number of folks said we need smaller classroom sizes, that will make the biggest difference,” said Romney. “We had 351 cities and towns and I said let’s compare the average class size from each district with the performance of our students. Let’s test our kids and see if there is a relationship. And there was not.”

“As a matter of fact, the district with the smallest classrooms Cambridge had students performing in the bottom 10 percent,” said Romney. “So just getting smaller classrooms didn’t seem to be the key.”

Romney went on to say that teacher quality as well having kids raised in stable environments with a mom and a dad and school leadership were found to be “highly correlated with success in schools.”

Another teacher, Ronald Benner, also chimed in on the class size issue at Bluford, remarking, “It’s large enough, actually it’s too large.”

“It varies between classes but anywhere from 23 to 28 somewhere in there,” he said. “And you can give more personalized attention to each student if you have a smaller class size.”

Kenneth Gamble, the founder of the charter school, turned the discussion back to Romney, asking him bluntly, “What’s your view on it?”

“On class size?” Romney responded, before doubling down on his stance that class room size is not the defining factor in school success. “Well if you had a class of five that would be terrific, if you had a class of 50 that’s impossible. So there are points where I think those who have looked at schools in this country and schools around the world, McKenzie for instance, that consulting firm McKenzie Institute, which is a think tank type organization went around the world and looked at schools in Singapore and Finland and South Korea and the United States and looked at differences and said gosh, schools that are the highest performing in the world, their classroom sizes are about the same as in the United States.”

“So it’s not the classroom size that is driving the success of those school systems,” said Romney again. “And then they looked at it and said well what is driving the success of those school systems? It’s parents very involved and the idea of choice means you have chosen to be involved, parents are involved, excellent teachers, drawing teachers from the very best and brightest of graduates. And administrators that are able to guide the school with good policies of discipline and getting the right resources. So it was those things that tended to drive the most successful nations relative to those that were less successful.”

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Wednesday
May232012

Romney Unveils Education Plan

Mario Tama/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Mitt Romney unveiled his education plan on Wednesday, vowing to make sweeping changes to the public education system by expanding school choice by assigning federal money to low-income students who will then, in turn, be able to take that money to a school of his or her choice or use it for tutoring or digital education.

“I’ll be blunt,” Romney said during an address to The Latino Coalition’s Annual Economic Summit. “I don’t like the direction of American education, and as president, I will do everything in my power to get education on track for the kids in this great land.”

Romney, who said students in the U.S. are receiving a “third-world education” where “minority children suffer the most,” outlined Wednesday for the first time the specific steps he would take toward education reform.

“As president, I will pursue a very bold policy of change that will restore the promise of our nation’s education system,” he said, standing in front of a banner that read, “A Chance for Every Child.” “For the first time in history, federal education funds will be linked to the student, so that parents can send their child to any public or charter school of their choice.”

Romney outlined that states would have to provide students with “ample school choice” and that digital schools could not be barred from receiving the federal funds.  Students would be able to take the money to a school outside his or her district, but schools would have to be empowered to address capacity issues should they arise.

Mentioning the Bush-area education plan known as “No Child Left Behind,” Romney said that the legislation “helped our nation take a giant step forward in bridging the information gap,” but was “not without its weaknesses.”

“As president, I am going to break the political logjam that has prevented successful reform of the law,” said Romney.   “I’ll reduce federal micro management, but I’m going to redouble efforts to ensure that schools are held responsible for results.”

Romney’s plans will shift the responsibility of school report cards from the federal level to the state level in an attempt to give parents a clearer understanding of their child’s education. Additionally, Romney said he would consolidate the more than 80 federal programs that focus on teacher evaluation and provide incentives to states that “regularly evaluate” their teachers and reward those who are the most successful in the classroom.

“As president, I will make it my goal to ensure that every classroom has a quality teacher,” Romney said.

In a briefing call prior to Romney’s speech, the campaign’s domestic policy director, Oren Cass, said that the education plan would not involve any new spending.

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