What effect does a president have on education?

Who ends up in the White House after the quickly upcoming election will make a large difference in what happens next for education. Head Start or early education programs have gotten the attention of both candidates. President Barack Obama has stated he has already put millions of dollars into early education and intends to do even more for the programs should he win a second term. On the other hand Governor Romney’s advisor Phil Handy has criticized Head Start calling it “…more as a social experience, not preparing children for school.”

Helping Students, Teachers & Staff To Achieve Higher Standards In Education

Obama has come out on the record as being opposed to tax support for private and parochial schools, while Romney has suggested that allowing families to use federal funds to help pay for private schools. When it comes to a tax-supported Washington, D.C. program which enables low-income families to attend public, private and parochial schools Obama is against it, while Romney supports the idea.

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Although the law passed with bipartisan support and was backed by some powerful figures including the late Senator Ted Kennedy and former President George Bush NCLB, or No Child Left Behind, has become both unpopular and ineffective. States that previously had to publish a “needs improvement” list are no longer required to do so because they have been granted waivers and both men seem to agree it needs to be addressed.

Education is far from the only issue that will be affected by the results of the upcoming election but it is an important one.