April 30th, 2012
06:08 AM ET

Presidential battle for youth vote heats up

Christine Romans speaks with University of Iowa upperclassmen about President Obama's recent speech about student debt.

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April 6th, 2012
02:22 PM ET

Young politicos run for school board seats in Maryland

by Athena Jones and Stacey Samuel, CNN

Upper Marlboro, MD (CNN) - Edward Burroughs is only 19 years old, but he isn't new to the political scene. He's held elected office for more than a year.

Burroughs won his seat on the Prince George's County, MD school board back in 2010, at just 17. By the time his term began, he was old enough to serve.

Now the college sophomore is hoping voters will give him a chance to do so again. The tall, lanky teen, who wears his hair in twists, donned khakis, a coat and a backpack to spend primary day greeting voters and handing out literature outside the polls. By that night, he had won his district's primary, pulling in 67 percent of the vote. Burroughs' chief concerns are teacher quality and shielding students in the classroom from the effects of deep budget cuts.

"At the end of the day, it's about student success, so I think that's really my role as a member of the school board," said Burroughs, who is studying Education Policy at the University of Maryland Baltimore County and hopes to become a teacher. "My number one priority is going to be hiring and retaining highly-qualified teachers, and the ones that we have, we need to pay them more, and the ones that are struggling we need to provide them professional development.  If they're not able to be successful after that, they have to exit our system."

Burroughs is one of three young candidates running for seats on the school board in one of the state's lowest-performing counties. All three won their primaries and are gearing up for the November election. They believe their youth is a plus, arguing that they were students in these schools not long ago and know what is needed to improve them.
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