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Presidential pedagogy

"Presidential pedagogy" Continued...

Issue: "AIDS: Africa's affliction," Sept. 9, 2000

Even when the candidates seem to agree on the numbers, there are often major differences just below the surface. For instance, both candidates want to spend hundreds of millions of dollars building charter schools, which receive public funding but operate without many of the restrictions that hamper traditional public schools. One of those restrictions is teacher certification. Some states want to jettison federal certification requirements for their charter schools, arguing that

mid-career professionals with real-world experience sometimes make better teachers than education graduates with all the bureaucratic paperwork. But Mr. Gore has already promised the teachers unions that he would "require states to guarantee that all teachers are fully certified"-in effect

reestablishing federal controls over charter schools and making them more like their struggling, traditional counterparts.

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