McCain Campaigns in Michigan
Kid Reporter questions Republican candidate on education
U.S. Sen. John McCain shakes hands with a young member of the audience after he formerly announced his plans to seek the Republican nomination for president on Wednesday, April 25, 2007.
Although many consider Friday the 13th a bad omen, it was a lucky day for many Republican Party members in Kalamazoo, Michigan. They turned out to see their candidate for President, John McCain, at a press conference. A local hotel was packed with McCain supporters, most supporting his second bid for presidency in 2008.
The Senator from Arizona spoke at the press conference about his main issues for this Michigan stop: Iraq, immigration, and education. He also took questions from reporters. I asked Senator McCain what his first three acts to better our national educational system would be if he were elected to the White House next year.
“I feel the greater responsibility is at the state and local authority level,” McCain said. “I would limit the federal government’s involvement. However, I would first hold teachers and schools more accountable.”
McCain said he would continue many programs already in place. “You know ‘No Child Left Behind’ [NCLB] is up for reauthorization in 2009, and I would support that,” he said.
As President, McCain said he would support a student’s right to choose his or her school. He also supports expanding the number of charter schools, which are tax-supported schools established by a contract between a school board and an outside group like parents and teachers. These schools operate without some state educational regulations to achieve set goals. McCain said he likes that they set a tone of competition.
After his visit to Kalamazoo, McCain left for other campaign stops on Friday in Peoria, Illinois, and Dubuque, Iowa.
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Maeve Hammond is a member of the Scholastic Kids Press Corps.