Campaign Issues Testing Ideas on Education

The debate turns to the classroom

The declining quality of schooling that children receive, says Education Secretary William Bennett, "is arguably the No. 1 domestic concern of the American people." Presidential candidates have taken note. Last Friday, a few days after school bells called students to class around the country, a roster of White House hopefuls gathered at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for earnest seminars on the subject. In separate forums, all seven active Democratic campaigners and Republicans Jack Kemp and Pete du Pont debated the single topic of how to boost the failing grades being given to American education.

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