by Colleen Flaherty/SlideRocket presentation by Johntel Greene
After this week’s presidential debate, Education Votes spoke with educators from across the country to get their reactions to the candidates and their respective views on education.
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“Governor Romney did not tell the truth about education in the debate. His plans indicate he would decrease the amount of Pell Grants available and raise student loan interest rates. I believe he is trying to appear as if he cares about the American middle class, but is in fact an elitist snob who believes children get the education they can afford,” said Ohio educator Stacy Recker.
The inconsistencies between Romney’s extreme makeover at the debates and his “severely conservative” platform on the campaign trail have left some voters wanting.
“I was shocked at the first debate at the 180 degree change of Mr. Romney. If we cannot trust him to tell the truth trying to get elected, how can we trust them to tell the truth once he is elected?” said Lillian Flemming of Greenville, South Carolina.
“It is impossible to know Mitt Romney’s stand on anything because he changes his comments based on the level of conservatism of his audience,” said Michigan teacher Karen Zyczynski.
Massachusetts special education teacher Tracey Platt reacted to Romney’s education proposal of converting Title I and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act into a national voucher program.
“As a special educator who works in a district and in a school that receives Title I funding, I know turning these programs into voucher programs would negatively impact the education of most children who receive special education and Title I services. Turning IDEA and Title I into voucher programs would pull money and other resources away from our neediest public schools.”
Other educators were concerned about Romney’s record as governor of Massachusetts.
“Nothing he has done or said makes me trust that he won’t do the same thing at the national level. As governor, he gutted investments in education – which meant fewer teachers and more crowded classrooms – in favor of tax cuts for the wealthy,” said Colorado educator Barbara Clementi.