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ERIC Number: EJ815735
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct-22
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0277-4232
Education on the Ballot
Hoff, David J.; Klein, Alyson
Education Week, v28 n9 p24-27 Oct 2008
This article reports that education will be on the ballot November 4, even if the subject hasn't been on voters' minds much during the 2008 campaign season. The results of the elections are likely to have a significant impact on the way schools are financed, governed, and held accountable for the academic performance of their students. At the polls, voters will be choosing the next president and members of Congress, who will decide the future of the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act. They will elect governors in 11 states, state legislators in 44 states, and local officials in hundreds of cities, towns, counties, and school districts across the country. They will also weigh a host of education policy issues, including school financing and charter schools, through dozens of state and local ballot measures. But candidates aren't always giving clear indications of what they would do to improve the quality of American schools. On the biggest item of education business the next president is expected to face, the already-overdue NCLB reauthorization, the two major-party candidates have not been specific about such key questions as how they might change the law's accountability measures, improve the quality of its assessments, or finance it.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001