Although the economy will be far and away the deciding factor in the upcoming election, this does not mean that other issues will be ignored. The Romney camp is already preparing attacks on Obama’s record on foreign policy, and this week, the two campaigns have been trading barbs over education—specifically, the role of the private sector in K-12 schooling. The Huffington Post reports:
Romney argues that the public school system is broken and in desperate need of new ideas and new energy from the private sector. He is clear about whom he believes is to blame: A campaign policy paper calls public education “an antiquated system controlled to a disturbing degree by the unions representing teachers.”
Romney’s education plan is receiving the expected hostile reception from the MSM, but a new Gallup poll suggests that (surprise, surprise) the media may be out of step with public opinion on education. Poll respondents gave independent private K-12 schools top marks by a wide margin, with 78 percent believing that they provide an excellent or good education and only 37 percent saying the same of public schools.Education could be another winning issue for the GOP this fall.