ERIC Number: EJ798516
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun-18
Reference Count: N/A
Two New Coalitions Seek Influence on Campaigns
Hoff, David J.
Education Week, v27 n42 p1, 24 Jun 2008
Should schools be held primarily responsible for improving student achievement, or do they need help from health and social programs to ensure their students' success? Two sets of prominent educators and policy leaders released statements last June 2008 emphasizing different answers to that question. Both groups acted with the same purpose: to inform and highlight the debate over education in the 2008 presidential campaign and to influence the future of the No Child Left Behind Act and other policies of the next president. Leaders of the groups said release of their statements on consecutive days was a coincidence after months of work. Their unveiling one week after the end of presidential-primary season was a sign that advocates hope to raise the level of debate over education in the general election. In the primaries, education played a low-key role in the debates and speeches of the candidates. The leaders of both groups hope to change that low profile now that Senator John McCain and Senator Barack Obama are preparing for the November 4 election.
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Academic Achievement, Political Campaigns, Public Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Accountability
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001