Open letter to debate moderators: Candidates should talk education

Believe it or not, it wasn’t until the very last question of the very last debate when the 2008 presidential candidates were finally asked about education policy, says Carol Rasco, president and chief executive officer for Reading is Fundamental. At Reading Is Fundamental (RIF), we’re urging the debate moderators to ask the question early and often. Even though the lion’s share of policy discourse is focused on other issues, a recent Rasmussen survey shows 61 percent of likely voters rate education as very important. At the same time education is not being raised in election chatter, headlines related to this issue are grabbing our attention, like the one last week showing 2012 high school graduates scored lower in reading on the SATs than they have in four decades…

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