This election is going to be a big one. For many reasons, this election will decide the immediate and long-term future of our country. On one hand, we have a Democrat who has spent billions of dollars on education and has proposed new legislation to create competition between schools. On the other hand, we have a Republican who wants to reinvigorate No Child Left Behind and who also supports having states take over more educational issues.
Shedding Some Light: Differences in Funding Education & Methods of Reform
I am not going to try and tell anyone who to vote for; I can merely shed some light on issues that I see. First, President Obama believes that it is difficult for education to be a top-down system. He believes that education reform should start at a smaller level like the states. Romney also agrees with this, stating on his website that states should take over programs like Head Start. The main difference comes in funding. Obama has started Race to the Top, providing billions of dollars in funding to states, which they can use at their discretion (with oversight). Romney believes that the federal government should provide a limited amount of funding to states, as they should be creating their own programs. Programs like charter schools and school scholarships should be backed more and more by corporations.
School Choice: Bi-Partisan Support
Both candidates believe strongly in the charter school system. President Obama has given millions of dollars to finance new charter schools and conduct research on their effectiveness. Romney promises support of charter schools and touts his backing of the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Fund, which provides tuition to underprivileged children to go to private school in D.C.
How Does the President Impact Student Loans?
Something we may care about as college students, Obama has made huge strides in reducing our tuition rates and has capped federal student loan payments at 10%, making it easier for students to get higher education and not be crippled by debt. Unfortunately, while looking through Romney’s website, I was unable to locate any specifics of how he would reform higher education. He suggested Obama has spent billions of dollars, that we as a society don’t have, on education reform that hasn’t shown immediate results but does not have any other figures. Personally, I want a vision, I want plans, and I want results. I have seen results from what President Obama has done and they are positive despite what Romney says.
Resources: Be an Informed Voter
All the stances and opinions of the candidates can be found on their respective websites and in major news publications. I have provided a few links below. However, we must be wary of what each candidate promises. Do not be fooled by over generalizations and empty promises you know they can’t deliver on. I am voting for the person with a proven track record that shows positivity in the education sector. The choice is yours, just get out and vote!