Federal Federal File

Democratic Field Turns to Education

By Mark Walsh — August 28, 2007 1 min read

Slowly but surely, the presidential debates are getting around to more questions about education.

George Stephanopoulos, the moderator of the recent Democratic debate in Iowa on his Sunday-morning ABC News show, “This Week,” told the candidates that education is “an issue that hasn’t been discussed enough in these debates so far.”

A question about performance pay for teachers gave the eight Democratic contenders a bit of running room.

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York said at the Aug. 19 debate, held at Drake University in Des Moines, that she has long supported “incentive pay for schoolwide performance.”

See Also

Watch clips from the Democratic debate in Iowa.

Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois repeated his call for a system of performance pay for “master teachers” who are helping newer, younger teachers, as long as the teachers themselves “have some buy-in in terms of how they’re measured.”

Their Delaware colleague Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. floated an apparently novel idea: Start with performance-based pay “at the front end” by offering higher pay to strong-performing undergraduate students who want to become teachers. Such students who seek to teach mathematics or science, Sen. Biden suggested, should receive the same starting salaries as new engineers.

Gov. Bill Richardson of New Mexico proposed a minimum wage of $40,000 a year for teachers. But, as did some of the other candidates, he quickly turned his focus to the No Child Left Behind Act.

“I also have a one-point plan, like I do on Iraq, on No Child Left Behind: Scrap it,” he said. “It’s a mess; it’s a disaster.”

Sen. Christopher J. Dodd of Connecticut said the federal law shouldn’t be reauthorized without fundamental changes.

Marc Lampkin, the executive director of Strong American Schools, a group promoting education as an issue in the presidential campaign, said he was pleased with the extent of the attention in the debate.

“The candidates have really been bursting at the seams” to discuss education, Mr. Lampkin said. “We were heartened to see that the media finally popped the question, and it was one the candidates were willing to engage on and for which they had differences of opinion.”

Related Tags:

Events

This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
Student Well-Being Webinar
Measuring & Supporting Student Well-Being: A Researcher and District Leader Roundtable
Students’ social-emotional well-being matters. The positive and negative emotions students feel are essential characteristics of their psychology, indicators of their well-being, and mediators of their success in school and life. Supportive relationships with peers, school
Content provided by Panorama Education
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
School & District Management Webinar
Making Digital Literacy a Priority: An Administrator’s Perspective
Join us as we delve into the efforts of our panelists and their initiatives to make digital skills a “must have” for their district. We’ll discuss with district leadership how they have kept digital literacy
Content provided by Learning.com
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
School & District Management Webinar
How Schools Can Implement Safe In-Person Learning
In order for in-person schooling to resume, it will be necessary to instill a sense of confidence that it is safe to return. BD is hosting a virtual panel discussing the benefits of asymptomatic screening
Content provided by BD

EdWeek Top School Jobs

Teacher Jobs
Search over ten thousand teaching jobs nationwide — elementary, middle, high school and more.
View Jobs
Principal Jobs
Find hundreds of jobs for principals, assistant principals, and other school leadership roles.
View Jobs
Administrator Jobs
Over a thousand district-level jobs: superintendents, directors, more.
View Jobs
Support Staff Jobs
Search thousands of jobs, from paraprofessionals to counselors and more.
View Jobs

Read Next

Federal CDC: Nearly 80 Percent of K-12, Child-Care Workers Have Had at Least One COVID-19 Shot
About four out of five teachers, school staffers, and child-care workers had first COVID-19 vaccine doses by the end of March, CDC says.
2 min read
John Battle High School teacher Jennifer Daniel receives her COVID-19 vaccine on Jan. 11, 2021. Teachers received their first vaccine during an all-day event at the Virginia Highlands Higher Education Center in Abingdon, Va.
John Battle High School teacher Jennifer Daniel receives her COVID-19 vaccine on Jan. 11at the Virginia Highlands Higher Education Center in Abingdon, Va.
David Crigger/Bristol Herald Courier via AP
Federal Ed. Dept. to Review Title IX Rules on Sexual Assault, Gender Equity, LGBTQ Rights
The review could reopen a Trump-era debate on sexual assault in schools, and it could spark legal discord over transgender student rights.
4 min read
Symbols of gender.
iStock/Getty
Federal Q&A EdWeek Q&A: Miguel Cardona Talks Summer Learning, Mental Health, and State Tests
In an interview after a school reopening summit, the education secretary also addressed teachers' union concerns about CDC guidance.
10 min read
Education Secretary Miguel Cardona speaks during a press briefing at the White House on March 17, 2021.
U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona speaks during a press briefing at the White House on March 17.
Andrew Harnik/AP
Federal Senators Press Deputy Education Secretary Nominee on School Closures, Lost Learning Time
If confirmed, San Diego Unified Superintendent Cindy Marten would be the Education Department's number two as it urges in-person learning.
5 min read
San Diego Unified School District Superintendent Cindy Marten speaks at Lincoln High School in San Diego during the State of the District Address on Oct. 20, 2015.
San Diego Unified School District Superintendent Cindy Marten would be second in command at the U.S. Department of Education if confirmed as deputy secretary.
Misael Virgen/San Diego Union-Tribune