Bush vs. Kerry on Education
The American public is being inundated with political advertisements, which will reach a peak this fall, leading up to the November elections. Among the myriad of issues that the candidates have addressed is the issue of education. Where do George W. Bush and John Kerry stand on this all-important issue? The bullet points below were taken directly from the candidates' Web sites.
George W. Bush
* Signed No Child Left Behind Act, which makes federal funding contingent on states giving standardized tests in math and reading and publishing results for third- through eighth-graders.
* Says when it comes to our schools, dollars alone do not always make the difference.
* Calls for zero tolerance on disruption, guns, and school safety.
* Says federal dollars should not follow failure.
Bush signed into law the No Child Left Behind Act, which creates education standards and accountability for each state. A common complaint among teachers is that the act created a new emphasis on testing, which they believe shifts the focus in the classroom from teaching to testing. Bush also advocates overhauling the Head Start program by increasing 2004 funding by $203 million, and requiring half its teachers to have college degrees by 2008. Bush's 2004 budget increases education funding to $53.1 billion.
* Proposes a National Education Trust Fund to guarantee the federal government meets its obligation to fully fund education priorities. …