Last week, presidential hopefuls from the Republican Party gathered for the second presidential debate. Education, which is at the forefront of many Americans’ minds, made no appearance during the second debate and only a brief appearance during the first debate that occurred in early August.
NO QUESTIONS were asked about education from CNN moderators at the most recent debate. FOX News debate moderators worked in a question about the much-debated Common Core during the August debate. Moderators posed their question at former Florida Governor, Jeb Bush, as he had advocated for Common Core standards in the past. Bush stated his beliefs very candidly: states should control education; standards should be high. School choice, vouchers and increasing graduation rates were also important to his agenda. He was not necessarily in approval of federally mandated education reform, but the high standards that Common Core provided for his state.
In the first debate, Marco Rubio, a U.S. Senator from Florida, was asked to refute Bush’s support for Common Core at the federal level. Rubio stated that he was also an advocate for curriculum reform. His problem with Common Core lay in the fact that it’s federally monitored and will continue to be more tightly monitored, even mandated that states adhere to it by the Department of Education.
At this point in the primaries, candidates are still forming their educational platforms. Over the next four months, we expect (and hope) to see more discussion from candidates surrounding Common Core, improving the current education system, and school choice to name a few. As the road to the 2016 presidential primaries moves along, we’ll keep you updated on where all candidates stand on education issues, especially parental choice in public education.