A Chance for Every Child: Mitt Romney
’s Plan fo
r Restoring the Promise of American Education
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.
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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