The Democratic Party’s education platform breaks with the teachers’ unions on some key issues, reports Greg Toppo in USA Today. (Someone read the platform!)
Among them: paying teachers more if they raise test scores, teach in “underserved areas” or take on new responsibilities such as mentoring new teachers.
The black big-city mayors are fed up with the status quo.
John McCain’s education advisor, former Arizona school chief Lisa Keegan, tells Ed Week’s Alyson Klein that McCain will strengthen accountability.
. . McCain has signed onto the Education Equality Project’s statement, which seeks to advance the idea that schools are primarily responsible for student achievement and promotes greater accountability for teachers and public school choice. Obama has not signed that statement, a move McCain attributed to union opposition in a speech last month.
Keegan says McCain will get conservatives on board for No Child Left Behind and work with Democrats to ensure that struggling students get help quickly.