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The Issue: Education

Many teachers feel that the focus on standardized multiple-choice tests has hurt the quality of teaching and learning. Only 70 percent of high school students graduate. It is extremely expensive to go to college, and Congress is giving less money for financial aid. Here’s what the candidates say:

Less focus on standardized testing; more funding for Head Start (for low-income students), after-school and summer learning programs; better trained teachers; financial aid for college
Less focus on standardized testing; more funding for Head Start (for low-income students), after-school and summer learning programs; better trained teachers; financial aid for college
Give parents the option to send their child to any school; money to move children from public to private schools
Give parents the option to send their child to any school; money to move children from public to private schools
Standardized tests hurt real learning; wants other kinds of student assessments; provide full funding for Head Start and guarantee pre-school education for all children
Standardized tests hurt real learning; wants other kinds of student assessments; provide full funding for Head Start and guarantee pre-school education for all children
Free high-quality education for all from pre-school through college; opposes efforts to take away public education
Free high-quality education for all from pre-school through college; opposes efforts to take away public education

Locally managed education without funding or regulation from the federal government; end free public education and make education a private system that you pay for
Locally managed education without funding or regulation from the federal government; end free public education and make education a private system that you pay for
Free, high-quality education for all from pre-school through college; standardized tests should not be used to decide which schools get funding
Free, high-quality education for all from pre-school through college; standardized tests should not be used to decide which schools get funding