I Educate, I Participate

2012 Presidential Election Voter Education Guide

CEC has unveiled its “I Educate. September 10. !"#!$%&'()&*+(. I Participate: 2012 Presidential Election Voter Education Guide.sped.-. I Participate” initiative to illustrate the strong voice of special educators as active participants in our society.cec. As special educators. 2012 Dear CEC Member.+(0*32()& Deborah A. For additional information. CEC is pleased to provide you with I Educate. it is our role to promote civic responsibility and participation in our democracy. With Election Day quickly approaching. your resource to the upcoming presidential elections. and classroom resources.org/LAC. To exemplify this. Together we can make a difference.-&/+(0*10+&%. While CEC does not take a position supporting or opposing any candidate or political party. voter registration information. Ziegler Associate Executive Director Policy and Advocacy Services 1 . we do want to provide members with general information on the presidential candidates. please visit CEC’s Legislative Action Center online at www.)2/.

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1991 Birthdate: 08/04/1961 Birthplace: Honolulu. The President created and extended the American Opportunity Tax Credit. President Obama has made education a national priority. invest in teachers. The law also allows any remaining debt to be forgiven after 20 years. JD Harvard University. Making College Affordable President Obama made college more affordable by doubling funding for Pell Grants. new borrowers will pay no more than 10 percent of their disposable income. Lecturer Prev. The college tax credit is expected to have helped an estimated 9. 2004-08 Education: BA Columbia University.+(0*32()& Understanding that America has to out-educate the rest of the world to be competitive in the global economy. Supporting Teachers and Students In his State of the Union address.000 over four years of school. and turn around low-performing schools so that children are prepared for college and careers. IL Marital Status: Married (Michelle) Prev. He achieved this in part by eliminating the middlemen from the college-loan program. 1983. The Obama administration fought to save the jobs of hundreds of thousands of educators across the country. Student Loan Reform The President signed a new law that makes it easier for students to pay back their federal college loans.)2/. HI Religion: Christian !"#!$%&'()&*+(. US Senate (IL). Occupation: Attorney. and the President recently proposed accelerating this benefit for current students. increasing the number of recipients from 6 million to 9 million since 2008. nurses. President Obama has doubled our investment in scholarships and financial aid so students from working. President Obama challenged schools and states to keep good teachers on the job and keep students in school until they graduate or turn 18. Those engaged in publicservice professions—such as teachers.and middleclass families can access and complete the college education they need to get the good jobs of the future. 1996-2004. Starting in 2014. taking away billions of taxpayer dollars that were going to the banks instead of students.com/barackobama Residence: Chicago. President Obama has worked to raise K-12 standards. worth as much as $10. Political Exp.-&/+(0*10+&%.4 million students and families in 2011.-.facebook. or members of the armed forces—will have any remaining debt forgiven after 10 years if they make their payments on time.The information below comes directly from the candidate’s website President Barack Obama Democratic Party @BarackObama http://www.: IL Senate. 4 .

helping teachers improve. the Race to the Top competition has encouraged states to adopt a high-quality framework of educational standards—and 46 states have already adopted the reforms. the administration has awarded Race to the Top grants. For more information.The Obama administration also fought to save the jobs of hundreds of thousands of educators across the country. including Early Learning Challenge grants. which rewards states for making tough reforms—raising standards. http://www. click here. and allows for education benefits to be transferred to family members. which serve 65 percent of the nation’s children and 59 percent of all low-income students in the country.+(0*32()& Race to the Top: Partnering with States to Raise Standards The administration implemented the Race to the Top program. Bill. (http://www.whitehouse. Overall. Post 9/11 GI Bill President Obama signed into law an update to the post-9/11 G.gov/the-press-office/2012/02/13/factsheet-blueprint-train-two-million-workers-high-demand-industries-th) !"#!$%&'()&*+(. and turning around struggling schools. Barack Obama proposed the creation of a community college partnership program to support institutions that provide a stepping stone to better jobs for millions of Americans. Giving All Students a Shot Along with proposing other common-sense immigration reforms.-&/+(0*10+&%.000 teacher and school staff layoffs.)2/. As a candidate. The Recovery Act supported roughly 300. As President.I. Since 2010. supporting partnerships between community colleges and employers to provide pathways to good jobs. President Obama acted to offer states relief from No Child Left Behind mandates.000 education jobs. Community Colleges President Obama is investing in competitive grants to reform community colleges.-. and to see videos on these subjects. to 21 states and the District of Columbia. Reforming No Child Left Behind To give states the flexibility to use local solutions to improve their schools. President Obama is committed to giving the hundreds of thousands of hardworking students who aren’t yet American citizens a chance to earn their citizenship. and in 2010 President Obama helped school districts prevent 161. and in the face of congressional inaction.barackobama.com/record/education?source=primary-nav 5 . he kept his word and created a new Community College to Career Fund to build on that progress. which makes it easier for National Guard members who performed active service to qualify for benefits.

Forty-six states responded.)2/.-. The Democratic Party understands the importance of turning around struggling public schools. who do a heroic job for their students every day. We are committed to ensuring that every child in America has access to a world-class public education so we can out-educate the world and make sure America has the world's highest proportion of college graduates by 2020. This includes raising standards for the programs that prepare our teachers. charter schools.-&/+(0*10+&%. and career academies. We will continue to strengthen all our schools and work to expand public school options for low-income youth. We Democrats honor our nation's teachers. Public education is one of our critical democratic institutions. If we want high-quality education for all our kids. recognizing and rewarding good teaching. and Democrats know we must address the dropout crisis with the urgency it deserves. It means we must close the achievement gap in America's schools and ensure that in every neighborhood in the country. The President has laid out a plan to prevent more teacher layoffs while attracting and rewarding great teachers. particularly students of color and disadvantaged students drop out of our schools. We also believe in carefully crafted evaluation systems that give struggling teachers a chance to succeed and protect due process if another teacher has to be put in the classroom. including magnet schools. children can benefit from high-quality educational opportunities. teacher-led schools. Because there is no substitute for a great teacher at the head of a classroom. we must listen to the people who are on the front lines.000 educator jobs. the President helped school districts save more than 400. We also recognize there is no substitute for a parent's involvement in their child's education.The following is excerpted from the Democratic National Committee’s 2012 Platform An Economy that Out-Educates the World and Offers Greater Access to Higher Education and Technical Training Democrats believe that getting an education is the surest path to the middle class. leading groundbreaking reforms that will deliver better education to millions of American students. To that end. !"#!$%&'()&*+(. giving all students the opportunity to fulfill their dreams and contribute to our economy and democracy. and retaining good teachers. This requires excellence at every level of our education system. the President challenged and encouraged states to raise their standards so students graduate ready for college or career and can succeed in a dynamic global economy. Too many students. 6 .+(0*32()& This is why we have helped states and territories develop comprehensive plans to raise standards and improve instruction in their early learning programs and invested in expanding and reforming Head Start. from early learning through post-secondary education. President Obama and the Democrats are committed to working with states and communities so they have the flexibility and resources they need to improve elementary and secondary education in a way that works best for students.

#-'. 1975 Birthdate: 03/12/1947 Birthplace: Detroit. accountability for results. Political Exp. In order to achieve this goal.5%+*'!*"(3 <=(++705*&: http://www.. and students must be encouraged to pursue that dream and work 7 . 2002-06 Education: BA Brigham Young University. and increased parental choice. He proposed the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship. students must have the skills to succeed in the workforce. MI Religion: Mormon !"#!$%&'()&*+(. Mitt vetoed the bill. States should recruit the best and brightest into the classroom and reward them for a job well done. Mitt believes education is a key to the American dream. During the third year of his term. the state’s fourth and eighth grade students ranked first in the nation in both reading and math. JD Harvard University. Global competitiveness begins in the classroom. MBA Harvard University.!"#$%&'()*+$'%. He also realizes that teacher quality is integral to student success. Part of an opportunity society is rewarding hard work and success. During his time in Massachusetts. When the 85% Democratic legislature passed a bill putting a moratorium on any new charter.-&/+(0*10+&%.facebook. taking the best ideas from states that are succeeding and replicating them across the country. Mitt also expanded access to high-quality public charter schools. Mitt also defended the requirement that high school students pass a rigorous test to graduate and saw students and educators respond to heightened accountability with dramatically improved performance. ensuring that the promise of opportunity in this country remains strong./')#01$(#/+-2&(')+"#/*%1$1*+#30. As governor of Massachusetts. Mitt promoted access to higher education for students. MA Marital Status: Married (Ann) Prev. 1971. Massachusetts was the first state to achieve this goal and has remained the nation’s educational leader to this day. providing a four-year tuition-free scholarship to any state institution for any Massachusetts students that scored among the top 25 percent in their school. Mitt saw what states can do with a culture of high expectations.+(0*32()& Mitt Romney believes that the long-term strategy for getting America’s economy back on track is ensuring a world class education for American students. Occupation: Business Executive Prev.#. 1975.-. Mitt’s experience in Massachusetts reinforced the importance of innovating and duplicating. He believes that no parent should be forced to send their child to a failing school and that increased choice translates into better outcomes for all students.0$+# 729#"'2"0%((12/'#3 1#:.com/mittromney Residence: Belmont.)2/.: MA Governor.

He knows what can be accomplished when governors are empowered to reform their education systems. instead. More resources: A Chance for Every Child !"#!$%&'()&*+(.-&/+(0*10+&%. when education entrepreneurs are given the freedom to innovate. ingenuity. and this attitude must apply to our education system.-.com/blogs/mittsview/2012/05/chance-every-child-0 8 .+(0*32()& http://www. and when students are empowered to select a school or education program that meets their needs. college must be available and affordable.mittromney.hard to achieve it. Improving education in America is a priority for Mitt. all students should have the opportunity to attend a college that best suits their needs. traditional or online. Whether it is public or private. when teachers are rewarded for boosting student achievement. Post-secondary education cannot become a luxury for the few.)2/. Americans have long been known for their creativity. and bold vision for our country.

career and technical education programs. college lab schools. Education is much more than schooling. full-day school hours.The following is excerpted from the Republican National Committee’s 2012 Platform Education: A Chance for Every Child Parents are responsible for the education of their children. It is the whole range of activities by which families and communities transmit to a younger generation. We support the promotion of local career and technical educational programs and entrepreneurial programs that have been supported by leaders in industry and will retrain and retool the American workforce. but they have done immense damage. been the focus of constant controversy. zip code. We do not believe in a one size fits all approach to education and support providing broad education choices to parents and children at the State and local level. !"#!$%&'()&*+(. with high standards. or economic status.+(0*32()& 9 . or tax credits – is important for all children. It recognizes the wisdom of State and local control of our schools. virtual schools. We support its concept of block grants and the repeal of numerous federal regulations which interfere with State and local control of public schools. not an address. On the other hand. It is the handing over of a personal and cultural identity. open enrollment requests. as centralizing forces outside the family and community have sought to remake education in order to remake America. including home schooling and local innovations like single-sex classes. Maintaining American preeminence requires a world-class system of education. It is also why American education has. Today’s education reform movement calls for accountability at every stage of schooling.)2/. but ethical and behavioral norms and traditions. Getting those youngsters into decent learning environments and helping them to realize their full potential is the greatest civil rights challenge of our time. Consumer Choice in Education The Republican Party is the party of fresh and innovative ideas in education. and it wisely sees consumer rights in education – choice – as the most important driving force for renewing our schools. In sum. for the last several decades. School choice – whether through charter schools. That is why education choice has expanded so vigorously. the common experience of families. in which all students can reach their potential. We believe the gap between those two realities can be successfully bridged.-&/+(0*10+&%. It affirms higher expectations for all students and rejects the crippling bigotry of low expectations. We support options for learning. vouchers. not just knowledge and skills. teachers. and year-round schools. and administrators forms the basis of what does work in education. especially for families with children trapped in failing schools. A young person’s ability to achieve in school must be based on his or her God-given talent and motivation. on the one hand enormous amounts of money are being spent for K-12 public education with overall results that do not justify that spending. and Congressional Republicans are pointing a new way forward with major reform legislation. which is the best in the world. They have not succeeded.-.

and life skills of both parents and children from low-income families. and related services for abortion and contraception.-. We deplore the efforts by Congressional Democrats and the current President to kill this successful program for disadvantaged students in order to placate the leaders of the teachers’ unions. We urge school districts to make use of teaching talent in business. We support legislation that will correct the current law provision which defines a “Highly Qualified Teacher” merely by his or her credentials. psychiatric. who should be protected against frivolous litigation and should be able to take reasonable actions to maintain discipline and order in the classroom. We oppose school-based clinics that provide referrals. STEM fields. Opportunity Scholarship Program should be expanded as a model for the rest of the country.C. The Republicanfounded D. To ensure that all students have access to the mainstream of American life. All personnel who interact with school children should pass background checks and be held to the highest standards of personal conduct. counseling. and in the military. or socioemotional screening programs. not results in the classroom. through open enrollment. We support keeping federal funds from being used in mandatory or universal mental health. we support the English First approach and oppose divisive programs that limit students’ ability to advance in American society. Because parents are a child’s first teachers. science-based. It is effective. We renew our call for replacing “family planning” programs for teens with abstinence education which teaches abstinence until marriage as the responsible and respected standard of behavior. we support family literacy programs. first out” policy should be replaced with a merit-based approach that can attract fresh talent and dedication to the classroom. Abstinence from sexual activity is the only protection that is 100 percent effective against out-of-wedlock pregnancies and sexually-transmitted diseases including HIV/AIDS when transmitted sexually. can bring their share of the funding with them. Rigid tenure systems based on the “last in.-&/+(0*10+&%. and empowers teens to achieve optimal health outcomes and avoid risks of sexual activity. especially among our returning veterans. !"#!$%&'()&*+(.+(0*32()& 10 . language. which improve the reading. We support putting the needs of students before the special interests of unions when approaching elementary and secondary education reform.)2/. We applaud America’s great teachers.The bulk of the federal money through Title I for low-income children and through IDEA for disabled youngsters should follow the students to whatever school they choose so that eligible pupils.

Jill Stein Green Party @JillStein2012 http://www.-&/+(0*10+&%.-.com/drjillstein Residence: Lexington.)2/.facebook. Political Exp.: no prior elected office Education: MD Harvard University. 1979 Birthdate: 05/14/1950 Birthplace: Chicago.+(0*32()& No Education issues listed on her website.The information below comes directly from the candidate’s website Dr. MA Marital Status: Married (Richard Rohrer) Prev. Occupation: Physician. 11 . IL Religion: Not Stated !"#!$%&'()&*+(. Environmental Activist Prev.

+(0*32()& LOCAL CONTROL MEANS THAT WE ALL WIN. THERE ARE practical reasons why it should be considered. 1975 Birthdate: 01/01/1953 Birthplace: Minot. ND Religion: Lutheran !"#!$%&'()&*+(.facebook.-. 1995-2003 Education: BA University of New Mexico. End the Department of Education ALTHOUGH IT MAY SOUND DRASTIC. It's time to free individuals and states from burdensome federal mandates and regulations so they can pursue the right educational strategies for their students. Unfortunately. Occupation: Construction Worker. NM Marital Status: Engaged (Kate Prusack) Prev. Schools should have the authority to decide how best to spend educational dollars. The Department of Education grants each state 11 cents out of every dollar it spends on education. and maintain after-school sports and music programs even during times of tight budgets. States that accept federal funding lose five cents for every dollar spent on education to pay for federal mandates and regulations. Businessman Prev. but the same old way of thinking won't cut it. every dollar of this money comes with 16 cents of strings attached. they can consider innovations that will drive student choice. educational competition. taking millions of dollars out of the classroom. All parents should have an opportunity to choose which school their children attend.com/govgaryjohnson Residence: Taos. Our children deserve the chance to succeed educationally. Putting educational funds in the hands of the people who use them gives parents and students a vote as to which schools are best and which need to improve. Without federal regulations and mandates. and better results. schools could choose to purchase new computers.The information below comes directly from the candidate’s website Governor Gary Johnson Libertarian Party @GovGaryJohnson http://www. Political Exp.-&/+(0*10+&%.: NM Governor. Once citizens and their local representatives have the freedom to decide how their educational funds will be spent.)2/. better lab equipment. 12 .

2012. Wyoming. Go to CEC’s Legislative Action Center and enter your zip code 2. Register to vote in 3 easy steps! 1. Go vote! 13 .-. To find it. Go to www. follow these steps 1.org 2. States except North Dakota. Fill out the form in its entirety and print it 3.+(0*32()& Each state has different deadlines to register to vote for the 2012 presidential election on November 6.Voter Registration Information !"#!$%&'()&*+(. Type your address into the sidebar on the left for personalized voting information 3.-&/+(0*10+&%. Mail it to the address provided Find your Polling Place Know where to go to vote on Election Day. and New Hampshire allow residents to register to vote online.)2/.vote411. Your polling place has been designated based on where you live.

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)2/.democrats.-&/+(0*10+&%.gop.org/edweek/campaign-k-12/ Education Week’s blog coverage of education in politics Voter Resources Debate Schedule http://www.edweek.gop.com Jill Stein www.com/index.gp.com www.-.org Gary Johnson www.org www.com/2012-republican-platform_home/ Democratic National Committee Platform http://www.com/2012-debate-schedule/2012-presidential-debateschedule/ Schedule of 2012 Presidential Election Debates.jillstein.2012presidentialelectionnews.+(0*32()& Barack Obama www.org/democratic-national-platform?source=DNC_TW 15 .educationnation.org Party Platforms Republican National Committee Platform http://www.org/voter_registration_deadlines#.com www.org Mitt Romney www.com www.cfm?objectid=49D84C76-F1F1-11E1-B7FE000C296BA163 Information on upcoming advocacy opportunity for teachers Voter Registration Deadlines http://www.Education Week: Politics K-12 Blog http://blogs.UEduFSIfsq4 Deadlines for voter registration and absentee ballot requests Candidate Websites !"#!$%&'()&*+(.longdistancevoter. including Vice Presidential Debates Teacher Town Hall http://www.garyjohnson2012.democrats.lp.mittromney.barackobama.