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Romney unveils education reform plan heavy on ‘parental choice’

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May 24, 2012

By , Christian Science Monitor

Mitt Romney called for an expansion of parental choice in America‘s school system Wednesday, pivoting to a subject he has discussed little so far in his presidential campaign.

Mr. Romney spoke in Washington, taking his message on education to a city that is home not only to his electoral rival – President Obama – but also to one of the nation’s important experiments with school vouchers.

He criticized Mr. Obama for failing to pursue deeper education reforms, saying the president has been “unable to stand up to union bosses, and unwilling to stand up for kids.”

“As president, I will pursue bold policy changes,” said Romney. “Dramatically expanding parental choice, making schools responsible for results by giving parents access to clear and instructive information, and attracting and rewarding our best teachers – these changes can help ensure that every parent has a choice and every child has a chance.”

The speech comes as both Obama and Romney, the presumptive Republican nominee, are starting to vie intensely for the middle-ground swing voters who will decide the election in key states. Education ranks far behind jobs and the economy on voters’ priority list, but for many voters it’s been on par with things like health care and gas prices, among the everyday issues they care about.

Romney’s speech also coincides with fresh signs that the US is struggling to keep up with other advanced nations on schooling.

For example, US eighth-graders are doing a bit better in science than they were two years ago, but 7 in 10 still are not considered proficient, the Education Department said this month in its latest report card, known as the National Assessment of Educational Progress.

Obama has made headlines about education this year more often than Republican candidates, in part because he’s been coaxing Congress to extend low-interest loans for college students getting subsidized federal aid. Since being elected, Obama has also promoted a “race to the top” in which states compete to improve their education systems, in return for extra federal dollars.

During the Republican primaries, the Education Department came up during debates as an agency ripe for budget cutting or even outright elimination. Now, as Romney is shifting toward general election mode, he’s talking up ideas that he says can make the US education system stronger.

The Romney campaign released a series of bullet-point proposals alongside his speech, with many ideas framed around the appeal of parental choice and control. Its statement called for “tying federal funds directly to dramatic reforms that expand parental choice, invest in innovation, and reward teachers for their results instead of their tenure.”

To read more, visit: http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Education/2012/0523/Mitt-Romney-unveils-education-reform-plan-heavy-on-parental-choice

3 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Harlee says:

    @Paul Felix Schott
    Christianity is not the only religion that believes in G-d. So do Jews who knew him first.
    If you want a Totally Christian country, and leaders that MUST believe in Jesus, start one.
    Here in American, we support diversity. Too many have died for their religious beliefs (Holicaust, Spanish Inquisition, hatred of Jews for millenia, etc.)
    You are a hater, sir. You do NOT have all the answers. Go back to preaching and stay out of politics.

  • Paul Felix Schott says:

    The very many Men and Women that have and are serving this Nation are doing it For GOD Family and then Country not for the Wicked.

    Our GOD Has A Name you Know Not and the Day will come Obama when our LORD GOD and Savior JESUS CHRIST will say i know you not. This is sad and all should tell Obama to read the Lord’s Word from the Bible. As all of the founding fathers of this One Nation Under GOD did. To Get Our Independence from the Wicked and ungodly.

    The Mexico border must be open to all the wicked, anyone can do what ever they want Drugs go to the USA and Money and Guns go to Mexico. Anyone gets in their way then kill them. Do you think the wicked leaders that let this go on think no one can see. It is about time all on both sides really do some thing about it for the good Of All. Not the pocket book of the wicked.

    DO NOT TRUST A ONE OF THEM EVER. TRUST IN OUR LORD GOD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST. The best counsel on all of Earth is the Bible. Tell all to read it daily.
    The next time you vote do not vote for a promise vote a man that will tell the
    world his LORD and Savior is JESUS CHRIST, and that he will serve him, family then Country. For with out GOD and Family we will have no Country!
    And will tell all this on a Bible the truth of what was and is to come from are Lord GOD.
    Read the Bible and tell the lost to do so to. The Bible the truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
    So help you GOD He will send his Son to Judge all.

    All Taxes need to be lowered cut in half or there will be a lot more Poor and needy and not in just other countries. This 2012 year the World will see hunger like never before. More then 100 million will be sick from malnutrition going with out food and safe drinking water, many will die. Taxing the poor and taking there Land away from them is Wicked. Very soon the Rich will become the Poor.

    If your Legislature will not lower Taxes vote them out of office and VOTE in someone that will Lower your Taxes. If your Son or Daughter was raised in a Christian Home we need them in our Government as Leaders.

    May our Lord Jesus Christ and GOD the Father that is in Heaven,
    Guide and Watch over us.

    In this time of TRIBULATION, Strengthen your Faith, and encourage
    all to Pray for their souls. The strong in the word of our Lord will Now
    Help the World and be the disciples of our Lord’s Word. It is time to
    gather the lost sheep while you can and there still is so little time.
    Daniel 12:3

    The Governments of all Nations need to read.
    John 14:6 Jesus said ……….

    United We Will Always Stand That
    In GOD We Trust
    True Patriots

    The Lord’s Little Helper
    Paul Felix Schott

    P.S.
    Many a Nation have fallen from taxing their people to Death. You want Prosperity and for thing to Flourish and grow lower all taxes. You want thriving, success, or good fortune for only a few, keep over taxing all.

    Solar, Wind and Renewable Energy Freedom from OIL. The Humanitarian thing to do. Solar Energy.

    Why let the Wicked in office in our Nation if they do not believe in GOD and the Bible vote them out of office.

    United We Will Always Stand In GOD We Trust
    George Washington and Johann Paul Schott 12/24/1776. 3:45AM
    In GOD We Trust
    The United States of America’s Motto July 30, 1956.
    King David’s Motto 3,000 years ago.
    Soon all the World will Pray to Our Lord GOD and Savior Jesus Christ.
    Sad for many HE will say I know you not.

  • Rattlerjake says:

    Get rid of the teacher tenure act and privatize education. Politicians and the teachers and teachers unions have created a job that a person cannot be fired by using the 14th amendment as a crutch. Teachers who are not government employees, (private and charter) are guaranteed a job only if they meet the requirements for teaching, if not then they need to find another job. Are law enforcement tenured?, are firefighters tenured?, are DOT employees tenured? No wonder everyone wants to be a teacher, after four years you have less than a 0.001% chance of losing your job.

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