Published Online: August 28, 2000


Exclusive Interviews From the Republican and Democratic National Conventions 2000

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From the Democratic National Convention:

Wednesday, August 16:

  • audioJonathan Kozol,
    Author, Children's Advocate:

    Education Week's Joetta Sack interviews noted author and children's advocate Jonathan Kozol at the so-called Shadow Convention, where he shares his provocative views on the Democratic platform, the candidates, and their promises.
  • audioDelaware Gov. Thomas R. Carper:
    Education Week reporter Joetta Sack tracks down Gov. Carper to discuss Delaware's accountability plan—and how such measures are likely to play out in the campaign.
  • audioNorth Carolina Gov. James B. Hunt Jr.:
    Education Week reporter Linda Jacobson gets Gov. Hunt's reaction to Mr. Gore's proposal for universal preschool and his response to the rumor that he is a possible candidate for secretary of education.

From the Republican National Convention:

August 4:

  • audio U.S. Rep. Michael N. Castle, R-Del.,
    Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Youth, and Families:
  • From the floor of the First Union Center, reporter Erik Robelen captures Mr. Castle's immediate reaction to Republican presidential nominee Gov. George W. Bush's acceptance speech. Mr. Castle praises the governor's repeated emphasis on education and helping children. At the same time, he acknowledges that some GOP hard-liners would have a hard time accepting the continued federal role in education planned by Mr. Bush. Listen to the interview with Mr. Castle.

  • audioMargaret D. La Montagne,
    Senior advisor to Gov. George W. Bush:

    Ms. La Montagne emphasizes the governor's view that education should be largely locally controlled, in exchange for increased accountability. She also defends the Texas education record, under recent attack by the Gore campaign, by citing last week's RAND study lauding Texas' math gains as higher-than- average. ("RAND Report Tracks State NAEP Gains," Aug. 2, 2000.) Listen to reporter Erik Robelen's interview with Ms. La Montagne. (2:26)

  • audioBob Chase,
    President of the National Education Association:
    Mr. Chase shares his thoughts with reporter Erik Robelen on the GOP's "more moderate" platform items (passed Monday night) concerning education, noting some areas of agreement with the NEA, but taking continued exception to GOP's support for vouchers. He also lauds the "largest number of NEA delegates ever" at a Republican convention. Listen to Mr. Chase's exclusive interview with Education Week. (4:53)

August 2:

  • audioChester E. Finn Jr.,
    President, Thomas B. Fordham Foundation; former assistant secretary of education, Reagan administration:

    Education Week reporter Erik Robelen sounds out Mr. Finn, noted conservative education policy expert, on the new GOP platform, what it portends for the education community, and how the candidates differ when it comes to education policy. Listen to the Mr. Finn's interview. (2:38)

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