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120523-Education White Paper FINAL for PDF

120523-Education White Paper FINAL for PDF

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Published by Ezra Klein
Mitt Romney's education plan
Mitt Romney's education plan

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Published by: Ezra Klein on May 24, 2012
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 A Chance for Every Child: Mitt Romney 
’s Plan fo
r Restoring the Promise of American Education 
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Mitt Romney’s
Plan for Restoring thePromise of American Education
A Chance for Every Child
May 23, 2012
Foreword by
Governor Jeb Bush
 
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A Chance for Every Child
Mitt Romney’s
Plan for Restoring thePromise of American Education
FOREWORD by Governor Jeb Bush
 There is no more critical issue facing the United States than the need for education reform.Despite spending more on public ed
ucation than virtually every other nation, our students’ math and
science achievement lags well behind that of their peers abroad. One in four American students failsto graduate from high school within four years of entering, and far too many of those who dograduate are ill-prepared for the demands of college and careers. Once
the world’s leader in the
postsecondary degree completion, we now rank in the middle of the pack among industrializedcountries. Many American students suffer due to inadequate schooling, but the shortcomings of the American education system are most devastating for minorities and the poor. Our ability to meetthese challenges will determine not only the success of our economy, but our very future as ademocracy.
 There is no one “silver bullet” solution to our nation’s educational problems, but recent
experience clearly indicates what needs to be done. We must provide families with abundant schoolchoice, among both traditional public schools and charter and online alternatives. We must set highstandards for student achievement, regularly a
ssess students’ progress toward
meeting thosestandards, and be honest in reporting the results. Schools must be accountable for their contributionto student learning through policies that distinguish between abject failure, mediocrity, and success. And we must overhaul the teaching profession to make it attractive to our best college graduates,
 
 A Chance for Every Child: Mitt Romney 
’s Plan fo
r Restoring the Promise of American Education 
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basing evaluation and compensation decisions not on paper credentials but rather on classroomeffectiveness. During my tenure as governor of Florida, we embraced each of these strategies andsaw dramatic improvements in outcomes, especially for our most disadvantaged students. What we do not need are prescriptive top-down mandates emanating from WashingtonD.C.
, which are so fashionable among many in the nation’s capital.
The federal government cannotcontinue to spend borrowed money to prop up a failed status quo, as it has over the past four years
under President Obama’s leadership.
 
 America’s federal system
of government allows for a moredynamic approach to reform, with states serving as laboratories of democracy in competition withone another to provide the best education possible to their citizens. The federal government mustensure that states embrace the basic principles of expanded school choice, high standards, andeffective teaching while at the same time empowering them to carve their own paths towardexcellence for all students.
Mitt Romney knows what it will take to restore the promise of America’
s education system
and, in so doing, ensure the nation’s long 
-term economic success. During his time as governor of 
Massachusetts, the state’s students became the first to lead the nation in
both reading and math inboth fourth eighth grade. He also promoted greater school choice and increased access to highereducation. Governor Romney understands that leadership is required to create real change forstudents, and his time as governor is proof that he is willing and able to make tough decisions andput our kids first. The agenda set forth in this white paper focuses on increasing choice andtransparency for parents, addresses the rising cost of college and the growing amount of student
loans, and presents a broader vision to ensure our country’s future prosperity.
 
Governor Romney’s
plan gives all students the opportunity to succeed. I am confident that he is the right person to leadour country and put us back on a path to prosperity.
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