First off, your assumption that working with Democrats must be detrimental to education in general is insulting. But, on top of that I don't know that you can credit Mitt's governorship with the improvement in Massachussetts--it started earlier and continues to the present day. And despite the good showing in the US, Mass still doesn't approach the top of the heap internationally.<quoted text>
Romney proved he could work with the Democrats in MA but he still delivered with the Number #1 educational system out of #50 states! Thats a major accomplishment. Seeing that America is slipping to almost 30th in the world, I'd say we need him.
From the Atlantic (worth reading the whole article--it's short):
Is it because Massachusetts is so white? Or so immigrant-free? Or so rich? Not quite. Massachusetts is indeed slightly whiter and slightly better-off than the U.S. average. But in the late 1990s, it nonetheless lagged behind similar states—such as Connecticut and Maine—in nationwide tests of fourth- and eighth-graders. It was only after a decade of educational reforms that Massachusetts began to rank first in the nation.
What did Massachusetts do? Well, nothing that many countries (and industries) didn’t do a long time ago. For example, Massachusetts made it harder to become a teacher, requiring newcomers to pass a basic literacy test before entering the classroom.(In the first year, more than a third of the new teachers failed the test.) The state also required students to pass a test before graduating from high school—a notion so heretical that it led to protests in which students burned state superintendent David Driscoll in effigy. To help tutor the kids who failed, the state moved money around to the places where it was needed most.“We had a system of standards and held people to it—adults and students,” Driscoll says.