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Obama for America Releases New Television Ad: "Children"

Obama for America Releases New Television Ad: "Children"

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Halperin, Mark - Time U.S. <Mark_Halperin@timemagazine.com>
Wednesday, August 22, 2012 6:29 AM
Seher, Jason - Time U.S. <jason_seher@timemagazine.com>
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: Obama for America Press [mailto:press@barackobama.com]
: Wednesday, August 22, 2012 05:58 AM
: Obama for America Releases New Television Ad: "Children"
For Immediate Release:
Wednesday, August22, 2012
Obama for America Press (312) 985-1198
Obama for America Releases New Television Ad: “Children”CHICAGO
 —Obama for America today released a new television advertisement titled “Children”that highlights the clear choice for voters between Mitt Romney and President Obama’s vision for  public education. The President believes a strong education system is critical to creating an economy built to last,keeping America competitive, and growing our economy from the middle class out. TheRomney-Ryan plan could gut investments in education by 20 percent and risk as many as 65,000educators’ jobs to pay for tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires, the Romney-Ryan plan denieswhat every parent knows: class size matters, education funding matters, and, most of all, teachersmatter.
The President has provided temporary support for more than 400,000 educator jobs in the face of state budget cuts caused by the recession, and he is calling on Congress to provide support to 325,000more – a step that would help the recovery and strengthen state schools for years to come. This is partof a wave of education reform spurred by President Obama – including encouraging nearly every stateto raise academic standards with a modest investment through the Race to the Top initiative, offeringstates committed to reform flexibility from the most unworkable parts of No Child Left Behind, andreforming the student loan system by ending billions of dollars in wasteful taxpayer subsidies to banks and instead using that money to directly help more Americans pay for college.
“Children” will air in Virginia and Ohio on Thursday. Please click 
to watch the new ad.
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Washington Times Headline: Romney DownplaysValue Of Small Class Size”
[Washington Times,5/24/12] 
Romney: “The Effort To Reduce Classroom Size
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May Actually Hurt Education More Than It Helps.”
Romney wrote, “In The United States, then, the effortto reduce classroom size may actually hurt educationmore than it helps.” [Romney, No Apology, Pg. 216] 
Romney Was Asked About His View On ClassSizes, And Referenced A McKinsey Study, Saying“It’s Not The Classroom Size That’s Driving TheSuccess Of Those School Systems” Around TheWorld.
Questioner: “What is your view on that?”Romney: “On class size? Well, clearly outside a band – if you had a class of 5, that would be terrific, if youhad a class of 50, that’s impossible. So, there arepoints where I think those that have looked atschools in this country, and schools around the world – McKinsey, for instance, the consulting firmMcKinsey Institute, which is a think-tank typeorganization, went around the world and looked atschools in Singapore, and Finland, and South Korea,and the United States. And, looked at differences atsaid, ‘gosh, at schools that are the highestperforming in the world, their classroom sizes areabout the same as in the United States.’ So, it’s notthe classroom size that’s driving the success of thoseschool systems.” [Education Roundtable,Philadelphia, PA,5/24/12] 
Romney Cited A McKinsey Study Showing“Classroom Size Wasn't Related To TheQuality Of Education.”
Romney: “There havebeen great institutions like the McKinseyInstitute. You may have heard of McKinsey, is agreat consulting firm. They have an institute thatgoes around the world, does studies. Theylooked at education in some of the most effectiveplaces in the world; Finland, South Korea,Singapore, Chicago, actually Boston, other places. And what did they find? They found that
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