The nation's two main teachers unions, representing about 4.5 million educators and school personnel, support Obama's initiatives regarding school safety.
Leaders at both the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers backed Obama's proposal to give $150 million to communities to help them hire 1,000 new school resource officers as well as psychologists, counselors and social workers in the country's 100,000 public schools.
NEW YORK – Mitt Romney on Tuesday announced a team of education policy advisers that includes former education secretary Rod Paige and other top appointees from President George W. Bush’s administration.
Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Romney, who is attending a series of fundraisers in New York Tuesday, has not made education policy a focus of his campaign. But he plans to outline what he would do as president in an education policy address in Washington on Wednesday.
Romney is a proponent of expanding school choice – as governor of Massachusetts, he was a charter schools advocate -- and has been an outspoken critic of teachers’ unions.
Romney’s Education Policy Advisory Committee includes several prominent opponents of teacher’s unions, including Paige, who as secretary of education in 2004 labeled the National Education Association a “terrorist organization.”
Announcing the committee, Romney said in a statement: “Our education system is failing too many of our kids, and I look forward to working closely with these leaders to chart a new course that emphasizes school choice and accountability, the importance of great teachers, and access to quality, affordable higher education.”
Here are the advisers and their biographies, as provided by Romney’s campaign: