Campaign '08

Follow Education Week's print and online-only coverage of the 2008 presidential campaign to learn more about where the major candidates stand on education. Also read the edweek.org blog, Campaign K-12, for more analysis of the candidates' views. Also, check our election multimedia resources and coverage.


Debate: Education and the Next President

Watch the complete video archive of this event here.

Analyzing the Election: What’s at Stake for Schools?
View the post-debate discussion with leading education analysts, moderated by Education Week's David Hoff.

INTERACTIVE RESOURCES | more
How well do you know the candidates' views on education?
Campaign K-12 Blog: Your education road map to the 2008 state and national elections
McCain and Obama on Education. A Voter's Guide.

Voters approved slot machines to fund schools in Maryland, rejected limits on bilingual instruction in Oregon, and shook up statehouses elsewhere.
November 11, 2008 - Education Week

The new class of governors, state legislators, and chief state school officers elected last week will face formidable challenges in dealing with the squeeze the nation’s sagging economy—and ballooning state budget deficits—is putting on K-12 education.
November 11, 2008 - Education Week

Former teacher says Obama showed no obvious signs of ambition, but was "thoughtful and bright."
November 11, 2008 - Education Week

President-elect Obama can look forward to working with a beefed-up Democratic majority in Congress when he seeks to enact his education agenda after taking office in January.
November 11, 2008 - Education Week

There’s already a children’s book about the new president-elect. Barack Obama: America’s 44th President was shipping out to stores shortly after Election Day.
November 7, 2008 - Education Week

William Ayers has resisted interviews, but broke his silence when a reporter for The Washington Post knocked on his door on Election Day.
November 7, 2008 - Education Week

In an election marked by high voter turnout, school officials around the country found themselves making some last-minute decisions on how to best manage public access to school-based polling places.
November 7, 2008 - Education Week

The Democrat’s sweeping Election-Day triumph may lift the prospects for his K-12 policy plans.
November 7, 2008 - Education Week

High school students in the Washington area celebrate and dissect the meaning of the nation’s first black president-elect. Video
November 5, 2008 - Education Week

Voters approved slot machines to fund schools in Maryland, rejected limits on bilingual instruction in Oregon, and shook up statehouses elsewhere.
November 5, 2008 | Updated: April 6, 2012 - Education Week

The Democrat’s agenda includes expanding preschool, recruiting teachers, increasing funding for charter schools, and amending the No Child Left Behind Act.
November 4, 2008 - Education Week

State-by-state detailed voting results of the 2008 Presidential election. Part of our Campaign '08 coverage.
November 4, 2008 - Education Week (Web)

Voters are choosing governors in 11 states and state superintendents in five. The gubernatorial contests include three open seats. State school board members also are up for election. Part of our Campaign '08 coverage.
November 4, 2008 - Education Week (Web)

Ballot questions and proposed constitutional amendments in more than a dozen states will affect K-12 public education policy. Part of our Campaign '08 coverage.
November 4, 2008 - Education Week (Web)

The campaign winner will have a major role in reauthorizing the No Child Left Behind Act.
November 3, 2008 - Education Week

November 1, 2008 - Education Week

A federal district judge has ruled that the New York City school system’s prohibition against teachers’ wearing of campaign buttons in school is likely constitutional.
October 28, 2008 - Education Week

The Teachers College debate last week between Ms. Darling-Hammond and Ms. Keegan, which was webcast live by edweek.org, resulted in a vigorous, and at times pointed, discussion about merit pay, early-childhood education, and other issues under the title “Education and the Next President.”
October 28, 2008 - Education Week

A spokeswoman for Sen. Barack Obama sparked a mini-debate over testing last week when she suggested on a national radio show that the Democratic presidential nominee endorses the use of student portfolios.
October 28, 2008 - Education Week

When voters line up at school-based polling places Nov. 4, some students will have a front-row seat, and others will watch what is widely predicted to be a historic turnout from home. It all depends on where they live.`
October 28, 2008 - Education Week

October 28, 2008 - Education Week

Congressional candidates from both major parties are largely sidestepping the key education questions that await the next Congress.
October 28, 2008 - Education Week

National Education Association and American Federation of Teachers affiliates have been campaigning with every tool at their disposal to reach out to more than 4 million members and their families.
October 27, 2008 - Education Week

The presidential and vice presidential nominees all have close relatives who are, or have been, teachers.
October 27, 2008 - Education Week

"Education and the Next President" was a live debate that took place Oct. 21, 2008 at Teachers College, Columbia University, between Linda Darling-Hammond, education adviser to Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama, and Lisa Graham Keegan, education adviser to Republican presidential nominee John McCain. The event was exclusively Webcast by edweek.org.
October 24, 2008 - Education Week

Education Week's Associate Editor David Hoff hosted this Oct. 21 post-panel analysis "What's at Stake for Schools," following the debate, "Education and the Next President," hosted by Teachers College, Columbia University. Guests on this panel included:
October 23, 2008 - Education Week

Transcript of a debate between Lisa Graham Keegan, education advisor to Republican Presidential nominee John McCain, and Linda Darling-Hammond, education advisor to Democratic Presidential nominee Barack Obama, held at Teachers College, Columbia University in the Cowin Conference Center on Tuesday evening, October 21st, 2008
October 22, 2008 - Education Week

October 22, 2008 - Education Week

Sen. John McCain, the Republican presidential nominee, and Sen. Barack Obama, the Democratic nominee, take sharply contrasting views on a number of key education policy issues.
October 22, 2008 - Education Week

In Perspective
Education on the Ballot
Education will be on the ballot Nov. 4, even if the subject hasn’t been on voters’ minds much during the 2008 campaign season.
October 21, 2008 - Education Week

The new class of governors and state legislators to be elected Nov. 4 will inherit financial problems that threaten existing education programs and limit possible new initiatives.
October 21, 2008 - Education Week

The controversy over Sen. Barack Obama’s ties to William C. Ayers took center stage last week during the third and final presidential debate.
October 21, 2008 - Education Week

If children could vote, Barack Obama would be the next president, according to the Scholastic Presidential Election Poll for Kids.
October 20, 2008 - Education Week

The Oct. 15 event gave school issues their highest profile yet in the the presidential campaign, as the candidates had their first and probably only chance for a face-to-face exchange over education.
October 17, 2008 - Education Week

Recent incidents have reignited questions about the scope of teachers’ free-speech rights and the place of politics in the classroom and the rest of the school building.
October 14, 2008 - Education Week

Parents play vital roles in their children’s education, John McCain and Barack Obama agree. But the presidential candidates disagree on what a president should do to encourage parents to participate in the educational experiences of their children.
October 14, 2008 - Education Week

Amid tight budgets and shrinking revenue, states are wagering that voters in next month’s elections will agree to expand state-sanctioned gambling in exchange for increased school aid.
October 13, 2008 - Education Week

Months after conservative commentators began hammering Sen. Barack Obama over his connections to William C. Ayers, Sen. John McCain is clearly making the controversy a part of his campaign strategy.
October 10, 2008 - Education Week

Their plans for using technology to improve schools differ on specifics, but Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain have each taken the position that educational improvement efforts should be firmly supported using technology.
October 10, 2008 - Education Week

Founders of the project chaired by Barack Obama say it has been distorted in the presidential campaign.
October 9, 2008 | Updated: April 6, 2012 - Education Week

The Annenberg Challenge sought to address time, size, and isolation in schools.
October 9, 2008 | Updated: April 6, 2012 - Education Week

McCain and Obama both want to boost teacher training in the subjects, but budget realities may intervene.
October 7, 2008 - Education Week

The vice-presidential candidates insert education into their debate, third-party candidates outline their education proposals, and a major campaign comes to a close.
October 7, 2008 - Education Week

Education issues are poised to break through the din of presidential politics and economic anxiety in more than a dozen states next month, as voters confront ballot questions and constitutional amendments involving K-12 policy and school finance.
October 6, 2008 - Education Week

Sen. Barack Obama pledged last week to spend $2 billion to help eliminate the international “education gap” by 2015, if he is elected president.
September 30, 2008 - Education Week

The No Child Left Behind Act has been the subject of intense debate in school board meetings, state legislatures, and Washington policy circles. Everywhere, it seems, but the presidential campaign.
September 26, 2008 - Education Week

Sen. John McCain has an idea for Head Start that is sure to generate broad support in Congress—because lawmakers have already passed it.
September 23, 2008 - Education Week

Despite heightened interest in presidential politics this election year, “down ballot” races such as the state chiefs’ contests in Indiana, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, and Washington still won’t get much attention.
September 23, 2008 - Education Week

Sen. Barack Obama wants to start a new program supporting an innovative-schools fund—but the campaign’s summary of the proposal omits the requirement linking teacher pay with students’ academic growth.
September 22, 2008 - Education Week

How much money one state spends on special education is an unlikely focus of controversy in a presidential race. But when a previously little-known governor makes a splash as the mother of a special-needs child after getting her party’s vice presidential nod, that seemingly parochial topic can suddenly make news.
September 16, 2008 - Education Week

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