'Developing a 21st century education system ... is a national priority, but achieving that goal will take a real partnership with local schools.'
Clinton calls for an end to No Child Left Behind (NCLB), which she voted for in 2001. As an alternative, she supports broader assessments of progress in schools than the formulas set out by NCLB. Clinton would also provide incentives for community groups to get involved in education.
Would devote $1 billion for programs to reduce dropout rates among minority students
No Child Left Behind
No: Wants to end it. Says it is underfunded and puts too much emphasis on standardized tests
No: Believes that vouchers divert resources from the public-school system
Maybe: Favors schoolwide performance-based pay but not merit pay for individuals
Longer School Day or Year
Yes: Supports the concept but doesn't specify it in her education plans
Next Senator Barack Obama