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Topic - Hardin Coleman
Mitt Romney kept academic standards high, pushed for more charter schools and took other steps during his time as Massachusetts governor to keep the state in the top tier of student performance — but he stumbled in his efforts to institute merit pay for teachers, revamp the tenure system and other aims.
"There is a core movement in Massachusetts around accountability and responsibility, and Mitt Romney was a vocal advocate for that," said Hardin Coleman, dean of the School of Education at Boston University.
"You don't have to drop your standards if you're willing to pay for what it takes," Mr. Coleman said. "If you're going to be a classic fiscal conservative and not raise taxes, you're going to have to lower your standards or you're setting yourself up your failure."