Would add $10 billion a year to No Child Left Behind, hire 500,000 more teachers over the next four years, cut class sizes, offer 3.5 million children after-school programs, and issue $24.8 billion in school modernization bonds.
Supports public-school choice and charter schools.
Will give $5,000 pay increases to teachers in high-need areas, provide more training and career development, require tougher teacher-screening tests, and offer incentive pay to teachers who improve student achievement.
Wants continued expansion of preschool and early education through the Early Learning Opportunities Act of 2000.
George W. Bush ON EDUCATION
Supports the Reading First and Early Reading First programs, with the aim of all children reading by third grade.
No Child Left Behind sets standards for states to prove proficiency in math and reading and requires schools to measure progress individually, while helping improve schools not making the grade.
Intends to increase spending by 49 percent for reading and special-education programs in elementary and secondary schools between 2001 and 2005.
Proposed 2004 budget allows a school-choice program for 1,700 low-income students in Washington D.C.
George W. Bush ON THE ECONOMY
Would open new markets overseas and cut the tariffs that make American goods more expensive.
Calls for $23 billion for job training and employment-assistance programs and more than $500 million for Jobs for the 21st Century initiative--half of which would go to train workers for new jobs.
Points out that his tax plan allows families to keep more of what they earn, doubling the child credit to $1,000, and reducing the marriage penalty.
John Kerry ON THE ECONOMY
Proposes a tax cut for about 98% of Americans.
Would cut taxes for 99% of businesses that create jobs here and not overseas.
Advocates rescinding tax cuts to the wealthy, enforcing trade agreements, and creating 10 million new jobs.
Intends to cut the deficit in half within the first four years of his presidency.
Calls for increasing the Child Care Tax Credit, raising the federal minimum wage to $7, and capping spending in Washington.
John Kerry ON SECURITY
Calls for forging better alliances with other countries to fight terrorism.
Would double the Special Forces, while reforming intelligence, particularly with technology, to crack down on terrorist funding, and to secure the homeland by tasking the National Guard with the job.
Would put another 40,000 soldiers on active duty, but not in Iraq, and work to make seaports, chemical and nuclear plants, trains, subways, airports, and borders more secure.
Plans to free America from Mideast-oil dependence and secure nuclear weapons and materials in the former Soviet Union.
George W. Bush ON SECURITY
Advocates reliance on the USA Patriot Act to improve intelligence and law-enforcement efforts and the Terrorist-Threat Integration Center and Terrorist-Screening Center to improve the process of fielding threats.
Points to his creation of the Department of Homeland Security for streamlining security at the nation's borders, water supplies, power plants, bridges, subways, and seaports.
Intends to improve rail security using screening technologies and points out that 50,000 federal screeners have improved airport security.
John Kerry ON HEALTH CARE
Would lower prescription costs by allowing drugs in from Canada, overhauling the Medicare drug plan, and a stop blocking access to less expensive generic drugs.
Calls for lowering family health-insurance premiums by $1,000 a year and cut waste by addressing administrative expenses and paperwork.
Would employ targeted tax cuts to extend health-care coverage to 95% of Americans and children.
George W. Bush ON HEALTH CARE
Calls for Health Savings Account to give people with high-deductible health plans a tax-free savings account in which they'll have money saved for premiums and other health-care expenses.
Plans for small business to band together to buy coverage at lower rates.
Intends to bring down health-care costs by limiting excessive and expensive lawsuits against doctors and hospitals.
*All information from candidates' official Web sites.