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7July 26, 2016
Looking for Education in the 2016 Election
Surprisingly, substantive debate about education in grades K-12 has largely been absent from this year’s presidential election. Whatever your thoughts about the 2016 nominees, the absence of discussion around education issues like knowing if students are on track to graduate from high school prepared for success in their post-secondary education is a concern for us all. Many of our major challenges, from race relations to greater economic growth to our global standing, connect to education. Candidates in past presidential elections certainly embraced education as a part of their campaigns. Consider the 1960 race between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon, which came on the heels of Russia’s launch of Sputnik in 1957 and communism’s gathering momentum around the world. Facing a critical time, the candidates considered education an essential tool to solidify the U.S. position as a global leader. We needed enough engineers, scientists, and mathematicians toTop Story
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