Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan split on key education elements

In roundtables with teachers and visits to classrooms, President Barack Obama is continuing to attack the GOP ticket on education this week, from Mitt Romney’s record to the snip-happy budget of vice presidential pick Paul Ryan, the Huffington Post reports. Obama for America released an advertisement that is playing in Ohio and Virginia on Thursday, asserting that Romney “cannot relate” to public school issues, such as the need for smaller class sizes. The video also criticizes “teaching to some test,” referring to an oft-repeated criticism of the No Child Left Behind law, which ties school funding to standardized test scores. The Romney campaign quickly shot back with a statement calling the education ad one of several “misleading and hypocritical attacks.” While Romney’s statement responded to the ad — such as Obama’s references to Ryan’s cuts and class size — Romney is, in fact, a big proponent of standardized testing. “I like testing in our schools,” Romney said in a 2007 debate. “I think it allows us to get better schools, better teachers.”

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