Monday, October 22, 2012


Posted by Josh Hicks, Washington Post  Campaign 2012  Blog |

October 22, 2012 at 10:22 pm::  As he did during a previous debate, Romney pointed out that Massachusetts students led the nation in standardized test scores for math and reading while he was governor. He is correct, but many educational experts credit the scores to a comprehensive education overhaul that the state began a decade before the Republican presidential candidate became governor. The president mentioned that the reforms pre-dated Romney’s term.

Obama also said that Romney reduced education funding when the Republican was governor. Romney did indeed enact cuts to schools while dealing with a fiscal emergency he inherited during his first year in office. He then approved a budget that included $249 million in additional cuts with the first budget he signed. But those reductions were first approved by a veto-proof Democrat-led legislature that essentially called its own shots.

2cents smf smf:  Romney likes to brag about how he was the the Republican governor who forged consensus with the Democratic lawmakers who controlled the Massachusetts legislature.. Some forgery. While governor for four years Romney issued some 800 vetoes, and the legislature overrode nearly all of them, sometimes unanimously …which I guess means the Republican minority went along with the override.

Romney sent none of his five sons to the Massachusetts public schools of which he is so proud. He never attended public school himself, neither did his wife or his kids. Barack Obama never attended public school in the US;neither have his daughters.. That’s why Ed policy is foreign policy to both presidential candidates..

In her book Plutocrats, The Rise of the new Global Super Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else, author Chrystia Freeland points out that Obama fits in with the 1%/plutocracy so well because he shares their educational background: Exclusive prep school, elite liberal arts college (Occidental), Ivy League university (Columbia), Harvard Law.

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