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Presidential Politics and Bilingual Education (Plus NCLB)

By Michele McNeil — November 27, 2007 1 min read

Over at Learning the Language, my colleague, Mary Ann Zehr, has a must-read about the presidential candidates’ views on bilingual education.

While all of the Democratic frontrunners said they supported bilingual education, only Republican Mitt Romney and the lesser-known Tom Tancredo responded in time to the survey Mary Ann featured in her post. They came out against bilingual education.

While some may disagree with Romney, the former Massachusetts governor who supported a 2002 voter-approved initiative against bilingual education, at least he responded to the survey. And although his campaign’s response was a little murky, he has staked out a clear stance against bilingual education on the campaign trail.

Update: The presidential candidates are providing a lot of fodder for EdWeek bloggers. Over at NCLB: Act II, my colleague, David Hoff, writes about how NCLB is still the candidates’ favorite punching bag.