09/28/2012 01:42 pm ET Updated Nov 28, 2012

Presidential Politics and Education

On the campaign trail this week, President Obama and Mitt Romney gave television interviews focused on education. They discussed their policy differences and ideas.

Both men shared their thoughts abut the teacher's unions, teacher training, school choice, student loans, parent engagement, federal funding and the common core curriculum.

This week on Bloomberg EDU, Jane Williams got reactions from national teachers union leaders (listen here) Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers and Dennis Van Roekel of the National Education Association. She also sat down with the Romney campaign's top education advisor, Phil Handy, co-chairman of the Education Policy Committee for the Romney campaign, former chairman, Florida State Board of Education, chief executive officer of Strategic Industries, Inc. (You can listen here).

Meanwhile, reporters around the country covered the candidates' ideas on education. Here's a round-up of stories, starting with the National Education Writers Association (of which I am a member). EWA prepared a handy summary with contextual links to articles to support or refute the politician's talking points.

Obama and Romney: Education Agenda in context
EdMedia Commons -- Sep 25, 2012

When it Comes to Campaign Financing

Politico -- Sep 25

The candidates differ on school choice and funding

Fort Worth Star Telegram -- Sep 25, 2012

Romney, Obama disagree on how to pay for quality education
Charlotte Observer‎ -- Sep 26, 2012

Romney, Obama Clash Over Education

Wall Street Journal -- Sep 25, 2012

Romney Pushes Parents' Role in Education

Wall Street Journal (blog) -- Sep 25, 2012

Romney on Common Core, Obama on "No Child"
Education Week (K-12blog) -- Sep 25, 2012

Romney on Unions, Class Size, Obama on Merit Pay
The Hechinger Report (blog) -- Sep 25

Disclosure: Susan Sawyers works with Jane Williams, host and producer, Bloomberg EDU. Education reporting is Susan's primary focus. And yep, it's about the kids, and the teachers, and the parents, and the community, and the nation's future. And transparency.