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Mitt Romney appears to be taking a break from defending his record of closing factories and eliminating jobs while at Bain Capital, and has instead decided to focus on bringing that same slash and burn mentality to our classrooms. In doing so, it looks like he has decided to promote the same bad idea that failed Governor Bill Haslam earlier this year.
When Haslam announced his intention to lift the cap on classroom sizes in Tennessee, teachers and parents from across the state made their voices heard and gave the Governor an education in the importance of small classes in developing the best and brightest minds for the future. After the uproar, Haslam backed away from his bad policy proposal this year, but it appears that Mitt Romney has learned no such lesson.
Talking to teachers at a charter school in Philadelphia, Romney was taken to task for his failed record as Governor of Massachusetts, which in addition to dropping to near last place in job creation, he oversaw the second largest cuts in education spending, per student, in the country. In addition, Haslam took heat for his laughably absurd comments that “the effort to reduce classroom size may actually hurt education more than it helps,” something teachers and parents in Tennessee and across the nation know is ridiculous and completely off-base.
Voters in Tennessee deserve to know where their Governor and representatives stand on expanding classroom sizes and reducing the quality of education. Will Republicans stand up to the leader of their party as he pushes to cut education funding and cram more students into over-crowded classrooms?
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