Hoover fellow discusses presidential candidates’ views on education

Monday, October 29, 2012
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With the election just over a week away, Stanford’s Education and Society Theme House highlighted the presidential candidates’ education policies at a discussion last Thursday, September 25. Eric Hanushek, the Hoover Institution’s Paul and Jean Hanna Senior Fellow in Education and a member of the Koret Task Force on K–12 Education and Michael Kirst, a professor emeritus in education and business administration and current president of the California State Board of Education, discussed the candidates’ views on issues in education. Although Obama and Romney have opposing views on issues including school vouchers, student grants and loans, and for-profit education, Hanushek and Kirst ultimately agreed that little separates the candidates’ overall education policies. Furthermore, with the candidates’ nearly identical proposed budgets for school funding, we may see little change in education, at least on the federal level, regardless of what happens on November 6. Click here to read the article in the Stanford Report.