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On Funding NCLB, McCain’s Advisers Can’t Agree

By Michele McNeil — July 15, 2008 1 min read
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A month ago, John McCain’s top education advisor told a group of reporters that the presumptive GOP presidential nominee believes No Child Left Behind is “adequately funded.” In fact, she was so clear in her statement that it became the headline for the blog item I wrote summarizing Lisa Graham Keegan’s roundtable discussion with reporters.

But in a perplexing turn of events, another advisor said on Meet the Press this weekend that the senator wants to “fully fund” NCLB. (Hat tip to my colleague David Hoff for bringing this to my attention.)

So which is it? Does he want to spend more money on NCLB or not?

One huge difference between the two presidential candidates is spending. Sen. Barack Obama wants to spend an additional $18 billion a year to improve education, while McCain has said he wants to freeze discretionary spending (including on education programs.)

Did McCain’s advisor, Carly Fiorina, misspeak on Meet the Press when she was rattling off a list of changes the Arizona senator would like to see? Or, is McCain re-thinking his position on funding NCLB?

Stay tuned. Perhaps he’ll bring this up at tomorrow’s speech before the NAACP, which my fellow blogger Alyson Klein is covering from Cincinnati.

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