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Democrats Debate in Texas

By Alyson Klein — February 22, 2008 1 min read

If education voters were hoping that last night’s Democratic debate on CNN might give Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York and Barack Obama of Illinois a chance to hash out their views on school choice, teacher pay, or any other hot button education issue ... they were sorely disappointed.

There wasn’t a single question on education in the second-to-last scheduled debate between the two remaining Democratic contenders. Still, Obama did use one question as an opportunity to express his support for bilingual education - an issue that’s likely to be important to the sizeable number of Hispanic voters who will be key to winning March 4 primary in Texas. And Obama managed to get in another dig on the No Child Left Behind Act, saying that the law’s narrow focus on reading and math has edged out foriegn languages, and that he would “put more resources” into language study.

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