The 2012 presidential campaign has focused more on the economy, jobs and national debt than education.
One reason is that President Barack Obama and presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney differ more on other issues than they do on education.
And unlike in 2008, education advocates are not spending millions to promote the issue.
But education will get the spotlight at a handful of events held at the Republican National Convention in Tampa and the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte.
Hillsborough County schools superintendent MaryEllen Elia, University of South Florida student body president Brian Goff and George P. Bush, eldest son of Florida’s former governor, will join a panel on issues facing young Americans.
The event will be held in Ybor City during the RNC and will be moderated by Chelsea Clinton and National Journal’s Jim Tankersley.
StudentsFirst founder and former D.C. schools chancellor Michelle Rhee will appear at both the Tampa and Charlotte events. Both will be broadcast on National Journal and The Atlantic’s websites. The Tampa event is August 29 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. The Charlotte panel is September 5 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
The Lumina Foundation is hosting an invitation-only discussion on the rising education demands on workers and how to increase the number of U.S. college graduates. The Lumina Foundation event is August 28 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.