Thursday, July 28, 2016

The Candidates on the Department of Education

Education, being one of the top issues debated by the presidential candidates, is very much on the minds of all Americans. In an important new book, education reform expert Vicki E. Alger, Ph.D., author of FAILURE: The Federal Misedukation of America's Children, shows us what the problems are and offers sound strategies toward improving on the failures of America's educational system.

Both candidates have yet to release comprehensive K-12 policy plans.  But one of Clinton's overall campaign messages is that her administration would continue to build on Obama's legacy. She's also reiterated some of her past positions, including saying that tying teacher pay and evaluations to test scores isn't such great policy - a key difference between her and Obama.  She says of The Dept. of Education: "That agency doesn't always get it right. But it provides vital support for programs from pre-K to Pell Grants and crucial resources that help low-income students, students with disabilities, and English-language learners."

Trump, of course, doesn't want the bureaucrats in Washington telling you how to manage your child's education. At a CNN town-hall event earlier this year, he said that education was one of the three most important priorities of the federal government. He has pledged to drastically cut or eliminate the U.S. Department of Education during his presidency.

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