Romney shifting focus from economy to education

Romney also changed his position on the Bush-era education overhaul known as No Child Left Behind. He said he supported the law as a candidate in 2007, but he has since generally come out against the policy many conservatives see as an expansion of the federal government.

Romney continues to support the federal accountability standards in the law, however. And he has said the student testing, charter-school incentives, and teacher evaluation standards of Obama’s “Race to the Top” competition “make sense,” although the federal government should have less control over education. The campaign in recent days has emphasized his support for charter schools while governor of Massachusetts, a theme likely to play out in his May 23 address.

The speech represents Romney’s first public event in four days. Working to close Obama’s cash advantage, he’s coming off a three-day fundraising swing in the New York area that his chief finance aide said netted $15 million.

The education speech follows a relatively quiet phase for the Romney campaign, which has focused on fundraising but usually delivers one major address a week. Most of his recent speeches, however, have focused on the economic themes that have so far defined his campaign.

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