Education: Where the 2008 Presidential candidates stand
- The No Child Left Behind Act
- The complaint from the democratic candidates
- Clinton education plan
- Obama education plan
- McCain education plan
There are 76.6 million children under the age of 17 currently enrolled in school in the United States. In 2008, education reform ranked as the third most important issue for voters, behind the war in Iraq and the economy. The No Child Left behind Act, passed in 2001 by President Bush, is an attack point for both Democratic presidential hopefuls. NCLB measures student performance using standardized tests.
[...] Opposes merit pay for individual teachers, supports merit pay for entire schools Award scholarships to teachers who choose to teach in urban areas Provide more funding for IDEA, the individuals with disabilities education act, most recently amended in 2004: develops programs for special needs students $100 million for new public/private summer internship program $500 million to improve community colleges Tax breaks for ?green schools' Clinton has also proposed that her administration will cut the minority drop out rate in half, but provides no outline for how that drop out rate can be reduced. [...]