Its rewarding read this:

Contrary to what you’ll hear from Mitt Romney, President Obama has laid down a series of profound challenges to the teachers’ unions and their interests. He’s promotedperformance-based pay for teachersandbonusesfor high-caliber math and science teachers. He’schampioned charter schools. He’s pushed for high, common core standards across the 50 states. Nor is this idle talk; via the Race to the Top program, he’s dangled billions of dollars in awards to states and localities that hew to this aggressive reform vision.In fact, this strong pro-testing, pro-accountability agenda — all the more important coming from a Democrat — has led the likes of Diane Ravitch to call Secretary of Education Arne Duncan “Margaret Spellings [Bush’s secretary of education] in drag.”So count me disappointed that Obama is campaigning for reelection with education rhetoric that is ripped right out of a dusty old Democratic Party playbook. He’s assailing Romney for budget choices that would supposedly force local governments to cut back on the number of teachers in the classroom. He’s suggesting that money, not ideas, will cure to what ails the country’s underperforming schools.It all fits in the overarching Obama campaign narrative: that Romney wants to give millionaires and billionaires big new tax breaks even as he slashes the social safety net and government services that help the middle class and poor, from medical research to college fianancial aid to public schooling.

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