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Why I'm Following Romney's Campaign Through Art, and Giving Away My Undecided Vote

Artist Casey Jex Smith, an undecided voter, will stage a performative battle and give his swing state Ohio vote to the challenge winner.

Tonight, at Allegra LaViola Gallery, is the opening of my exhibition “Fiend in the Void,” which focuses on religion, politics, and the upcoming election. As an undecided voter, I will stage a performative battle that will give my swing state Ohio vote to the challenge winner.

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Where Does Mitt Romney Really Stand on Standardized Testing?

Romney doesn't know of a better way to evaluate students than high stakes tests.

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You'd expect the man who could very well be the next leader of the free world, Governor Mitt Romney, to have a solid answer to a question about the trend of high-stakes testing. It costs school districts billions of dollars, and results in teaching to the test and the killing of creativity. Unfortunately, at the recent Education Nation summit when I asked Romney about how he’d change the way testing is used in our schools, he didn't come close to meeting that expectation.

As you can see in the video above, Romney told me that in my life I would find that there are many tests. I would have loved to fire back with, “Mr. Romney, how many high stakes tests have you taken since you graduated from Harvard Business School?” Most likely none.

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Is Admitting You'll Cut Education the New Political Kiss of Death?

Mitt Romney's claims that he won't cut education are already coming back to haunt him.

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Ever since President George H. W. Bush made his "Read my lips: No new taxes" promise at the 1988 Republican National Convention, only to raise taxes once elected and get subsequently booted out of office by Bill Clinton, it's been conventional wisdom that if a political candidate admits he plans to raise taxes on middle class Americans, he might as well forget about winning. With communities reeling from years of education cuts, could saying you're going to slash funding to public schools be becoming the modern "no new taxes" death wish?

If a new television advertisement running in swing states from Priorities USA Action, a pro-Obama Political Action Committee is any indication, the answer might be "yes." The ad hammers Mitt Romney on statements and policy proposals he or running mate Paul Ryan have made that indicate they would cut early childhood education, money for K-12 schools, and cut college aid—all of which directly contradicts Romney's claim in the first Presidential debate that "I'm not going to cut education funding. I don't have any plan to cut education funding and—and grants that go to people going to college... I'm not planning on making changes there."

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Romney's Solution for College Costs? Just Borrow from Your Parents

If the Romney-Ryan budget takes effect, you can forget about Pell grants as well.

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It's the time of year when students and stressed out parents are scrambling to make sure they have enough money to pay those college bills. Which presidential candidate will help ease that burden? According to President Obama's latest campaign ad, which is set to air in Colorado, Iowa, Nevada, Ohio, and Virginia, if you're looking for a president who wants to make sure college is affordable for as many students as possible, Mitt Romney isn't your guy.

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