Now that we know who will be squaring off in this presidential race, it seems relevant to examine more closely the differences between the candidates. For a good summary of what we know so far, check out my colleagues’ story in this week’s issue of EdWeek. Campaign K-12 blogger Alyson Klein wasn’t able to squeeze everything from her notebook into the story, so this blog seemed a good place to add some additional perspective on the National Education Association’s better-late-than-never endorsement, especially since it involves Joel Packer (the man with ALL of the answers!) Alyson writes:
In its endorsement, the NEA has pledged to work for Sen. Obama during the general election campaign, and one union strategist said he’s found much to like in the presumptive nominee’s rhetoric on the school improvement law.
He’s raised some significant criticisms of [the NCLB] law" including that "tests shouldn’t be the be all and end all. ..that kids have to have a comprehensive education and access to a rich curriculum," said Joel Packer, the union’s chief NCLB lobbyist. "We’re pretty pleased with most of what he’s saying."
Another good read: For some really interesting reaction to last week’s debate between education advisers for Obama and John McCain, check out David Hoff’s post over at NCLB: Act II.