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Partisans On Opposing Sides Come Together For Education Discussion

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MINNEAPOLIS–A panel featuring partisans from left wing and right wing of U.S. politics discussed the need for education reform in a forum at the Marriott City Center here.

Speakers included Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Democratic National Committee Chairman and Colorado Gov. Roy Romer, Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings and Rev. Al Sharpton.

“We need to get on the solution side of the problem,” Pawlenty said during his remarks, adding that education needs to be tailored to the individual needs of students.

Gingrich said lagging math and science test scores are a major priority for him, second only to national security concerns.

He praised Barack Obama’s handling of the situation involving Palin’s teenage daughter when answering questions before his presentation.

“It’s a human situation, which they’re dealing with in a human way,” Gingrich said. “And I think anyone who tries to take political advantage of that will suffer substantially from the American people because it will be so despicable.”

“And I think, frankly, Sen. Obama did a beautiful job yesterday of indicating how decisively and strongly he felt that children are not part of this debate.’

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Sharpton made his only appearance here at the Republican National Convention to discuss education problems in urban areas, especially New York City. When only 33 percent of black students graduate high school in Detroit, he said, “something just isn’t working,” and received a stunningly huge ovation, considering the ideology of the crowd. Then he said he couldn’t stay for the whole event, because he had to do his “fair and balanced” coverage of “your convention.”

Sharpton was flagged down by reporters, including The Chronicle, as he left the Marriot:

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After he spoke, Pawlenty answered questions from the news media, and he had no comment on The Chronicle’s question about whether Sarah Palin’s pregnant daughter should mean anything to educators, especially of sex education.

–Samuel Rubenfeld


Written by chroniclenews

September 2, 2008 at 1:36 pm

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  1. here’s another interesting take on the panel:


    September 2, 2008 at 2:45 pm

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