Obama, GOP gov­er­nors share many ed­u­ca­tion views

The Washington Times Daily - - Politics -

When it comes to ed­u­ca­tion, Pres­i­dent Obama and many Repub­li­cans are find­ing com­mon ground.

GOP gov­er­nors are push­ing some of the most ag­gres­sive changes in ed­u­ca­tion pol­icy to­day. Many credit Mr. Obama with help­ing to pave the way.

The ar­eas where they tend to agree in­clude cre­at­ing teacher eval­u­a­tion sys­tems with con­se­quences, merit pay for teach­ers, hold­ing schools more ac­count­able for stu­dent learn­ing, and the use of char­ter schools that use public dol­lars but are run by an in­de­pen­dent third party.

They tend to dis­agree on the use of tax­payer-funded vouch­ers par­ents can use to help send their chil­dren to pri­vate schools. The ad­min­is­tra­tion op­poses them, but many gov­er­nors say par­ents need more choices.

The ad­min­is­tra­tion also op­poses roll­backs to col­lec­tive bar­gain­ing rights for teach­ers that some gov­er­nors sup­port.

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