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Project for an Informed Electorate

Education Policy

Education policy debates tend to follow the typical ideological divisions where conservatives favor individualism and privatization, while liberals see the government as the best way to provide education.  It's never quite that simple though, and the Obama Administration has followed in the footsteps of the Bush Administration, favoring many policies that used to be considered conservative (and arguably still are).

How do we improve quality?

Diane Ravitch is a prominent thinker on this topic.  She switched from supporting Bush's No Child Left Behind to arguing that charter schools and testing are damaging to education.  She explains in a piece in the Wall Street Journal.

Randi Weingarten is president of the American Federation of Teachers, and probably the most prominent teacher's union representative. Get a sample of what she believes from her blog.