Presumptive presidential nominees Barack Obama (D) and John McCain (R) have released more details about their education platforms in recent days, with both candidates making technology a focal point of their plans.

However, there are stark differences in their proposals that reflect deeply different philosophies about the government's role in education.

McCain favors federal funding for virtual schools and online courses as part of a larger focus on school-choice initiatives—including private school vouchers for low-income families. Obama, on the other hand, wants to invest more federal money into research and education for science, math, and technology.

McCain revealed details of his education plan


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