President Obama and Governor Romney sparred during last night’s presidential debate, sometimes offering such differing views that resulted in highly charged, emotional exchanges between the two. But when it comes to education, few details were offered to lend any additional insight into the education platforms of the two candidates, beyond what we already know (see more here and here.).
That said, the first question did come from a college student who asked both men what they would do to make sure college graduates were able to find employment. In similar answers, the candidates offered their support for the Pell grant program and interest in strengthening the economy. Aside from a few other brief mentions, education remained on the periphery of last night’s debate.
But, education policy wonks should not despair. A Columbia University, Teachers College debate hosted earlier this week featured surrogates for the Obama and Romney campaigns who got into the weeds of education policy touching on their overall vision for the direction of education; common core state standards; education funding; early learning; and much more.
Click here to watch Columbia University – Teachers College hosted debate with Phil Handy, Higher Education Co-Chair of Gov. Romney’s Education Policy Advisory Group and Jon Schnur, Education Advisor to the Obama Campaign.
Also, don’t forget to view CEC’s Voter Education Guide which includes the platforms of the candidates and political parties, a polling place locator, and classroom resources to get students ready for Election Day!