“Millions of kids are getting a third-world education. And America’s minority children suffer the most,” Romney declared. “This is the civil-rights issue of our era.” And it’s the great challenge of our time.” “President Obama has made his choice, and I have made mine. As president, I will be a champion of real education reform in America.”
Seriously, Mitt Romney? how cavilier of you to throw in the education is a Civil Rights issue. That’s true, yet you don’t get to pick and chose when, where, and how it suddenly becomes a Civil Rights issue.
Let’s refresh Mitt Romney’s memory on EDUCATION:
Re-read this April 24, 2012 post by Ametia
ROMNEY WOULD GUT THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AND MAKE ITS ROLE TO PUSHBACK ON TEACHERS UNIONS
Romney Said He Would Either Consolidate The Education Department With Another Agency Or Make It “A Heck Of A Lot Smaller.”“On Sunday, Mr. Romney said he would look to the education department and HUD for potential cuts. ‘That might not be around later,’ Mr. Romney said of HUD. Mr. Romney said he would either consolidate the education department with another agency or make it ‘a heck of a lot smaller.’” [Wall Street Journal, 4/15/12]
Romney Said He Would Not Get Rid Of The Department Of Education Entirely To Maintain A Federal Role In Pushing Back Against Teachers’ Unions. “‘The Department of Education: I will either consolidate with another agency, or perhaps make it a heck of a lot smaller. I’m not going to get rid of it entirely,’ Romney said, explaining that part of his reasoning behind preserving the agency was to maintain a federal role in pushing back against teachers’ unions.” [First Read, NBC News, 4/15/12]
AS GOVERNOR, ROMNEY CUT HIGHER EDUCATION BY MILLIONS AS TUITION AND FEES INCREASED
Romney Cut $140 Million – 14 Percent – Of The Higher Education Budget During His Tenure. “Another shift hit students at state colleges and universities, where fees soared 63 percent during Romney’s tenure, from an average of $2,959 in 2003 to $4,836 in 2007, according to the state Board of Higher Education. The fee hikes were enacted by each campus to offset deep budget cuts of about $140 million, or about 14 percent, during the fiscal crisis.” [Boston Globe, 6/29/07]
During Romney’s Tenure State Colleges And University “Fees Soared 63 Percent.” “Another shift hit students at state colleges and universities, where fees soared 63 percent during Romney’s tenure, from an average of $2,959 in 2003 to $4,836 in 2007, according to the state Board of Higher Education. The fee hikes were enacted by each campus to offset deep budget cuts of about $140 million, or about 14 percent, during the fiscal crisis.” [Boston Globe, 6/29/07]
Does any of the above read like REAL EDUCATION REFORM under a Romney administration?
Stay tuned for more from the Obama camp on Mitt’s OUTLANDISH statements on education.
Updates & RECAP from conference call today:
- Romney Economics Bad for Education
Ben LaBolt,Press Secretary: We’ve already seen what Romney Economics means for students at every level of their education. Mitt Romney might not want to talk about his lackluster record in Massachusetts, but it’s an important window into what he would bring to the White House. Let’s start with K-12 education. By his second year as governor, Romney had already forced Massachusetts schools to take the second largest cuts per pupil in the country. Those cuts forced school districts to lay off thousands of teachers along with librarians and even police officers, 14,500 in all. Not exactly the record of the job creator. When he got elected he tried to cut funding for early literacy in kindergarten programs, vetoed a bill to create universal pre-k in Massachusetts and questioned the value for early education. As governor he vetoed programs that would’ve helped reduce class sizes in the earliest grades where individual attention is the most important. Romney still believes against all evidence that smaller class sizes are harmful. None of this helps students in Massachusetts get ready for college and the workforce.”
- Romney’s Policies:
James Kvaal, Policy Director: Mitt Romney today outlined a very different set of proposals. As a reminder, his budget would make big cuts in the things we need to invest in our future, including education. He’s proposed some $5 trillion in tax cuts above and beyond the cost of extending the Bush tax cuts. And those tax cuts are slanted to the wealthiest Americans and big corporations. He has told his donors that he would merge or dramatically downsize the Department of Education, and he supports the House Republican budget offered by Paul Ryan that would require cuts in domestic spending, including education, by almost 20%. Think of what we’ve learned today, the most troubling aspect was his proposal to stop the clock on decades of reform by no longer insisting that action be taken when a school is struggling, and struggling for years. Instead he would return to the days when failing schools were tolerated for year after year. His proposal – his only proposal in this area is to create school report cards. But it’s not clear how those reports cards are different from the school report cards that are already required by federal law. Moreover, while President Obama strongly supports transparency and has proposed steps to expand transparency, that alone is not going to improve our schools who need tools to help failing schools improve. Governor Romney has also proposed steps to expand school choice. President Obama has also worked to expand school choice, in his case, in public schools. In fact Race to the Top, encouraged states to lift caps on charter schools and expanded and strengthened charter schools in many states. Governor Romney’s proposal also appears to be open to private schools voucher, however, which is troubling because we know from experience that private school vouchers have failed to raise achievement and they drain resources from the public schools that serve the vast majority of children.”
- Romney’s Claim on 6% Unemployment:
Ben LaBolt,Press Secretary: Government economists have been clear that under current law their projection today is that unemployment will hit 6 % by that point. What I think was interesting about this is that Romney moved the goal post in just a matter of weeks. He said that he was going to get it down to 4 % several weeks ago. Now he’s at 6%, and he’s already moved the goal post on a critical promise that he has made. The second question is how he gets to 6% without supporting the programs that the President has put on the table to create jobs now.”
UPDATE of another good article: The Truth About Governor Willard and Education
And the final grade for Mitt Romney is: