Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Romney Edges away from Bush Legacy in Education

The New York Times reports on the dissatisfaction of some Bush education advisors with Mitt Romney's seeming opposition to a federal top-down approach to education "reform":
One notable skeptic is Margaret Spellings, a former education secretary under Mr. Bush, who this year was an informal adviser to Mr. Romney. She said she withdrew once the candidate rejected strong federal accountability measures.
“I have long supported and defended and believe in a muscular federal role on school accountability,” Ms. Spellings said. “Vouchers and choice as the drivers of accountability — obviously that’s untried and untested.” 
Romney seems to be emphasizing vouchers rather than federal standards.

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