Some educators worried by would-be VP Ryan’s budget proposal

Ryan would enact major reforms to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and eliminate programs that are duplicative or too similar.

His education stance also includes more local control.

“The current structure for K–12 programs at the Department of Education is fragmented and ineffective,” Ryan says on his website. “Rather than relying on the federal government to ensure that students are given the capability to fulfill their potential, education ought to be governed by state and local boards more ably qualified to determine student need.”

Ryan supports the A-PLUS Act, which lets states opt out of No Child Left Behind mandates as long as they can prove an increase in academic achievement and provide performance data.

Education leaders instantly reacted to Ryan’s voting record and budget proposal.

“Ryan’s position on fundamental education issues like funding for early childhood education and efforts to keep class sizes small don’t speak to ensuring that every child in this country gets a quality education, it continues Romney’s misguided and out of touch mentality that class size doesn’t matter and children should get as much education as they can ‘afford,'” said National Education Association President Dennis Van Roekel in a statement. “The three million members of NEA know you can’t put Americans back to work by cutting jobs, educate our kids by laying off teachers, or level the playing field for small businesses by rigging it in favor of big corporations.

“These are the positions and policies of Governor Romney. And so NEA members know enough to know that a Romney-Ryan administration is bad for our students, families, and the wrong direction for America,” he said.

Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, said in a statement that Ryan “would reduce, not expand, real opportunities for all students to have access to high-quality public education…Romney’s selection of Rep. Ryan is a clear signal that the Republican ticket doesn’t understand the needs and challenges Americans are facing right now.”

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