Earlier this week, Senator Barack Obama addressed the nation's oldest Civil Rights organization. Now, Senator John McCain is getting his chance.
The likely Republican presidential nominee addressed the annual convention of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
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McCain told the NAACP that he wants to expand education opportunities for children in failing schools.
That's a hot-button issue among the African-American community.
The Arizona senator said now is the time to support vouchers and merit pay for teachers.
"All of that went over well with the teachers union, but where does it leave families and their children who are stuck in failing schools?" he asked. "No entrenched bureaucracy or union should deny parents that choice and children that opportunity."
He also reiterated the need to break from conventional thinking on education policy.
"After decades of hearing the same big promises from the public education establishment, and seeing the same poor results, it is surely time to shake off old ways and to demand new reforms," he said. "That isn't just my opinion. It is the conviction of parents in poor neighborhoods across this nation who want better lives for their children."
Both the merit pay and voucher proposals have met stiff opposition from teachers unions.
Source: The Associated Press.