Neither of the Presidential candidates attended public schools for their K-12 education, hardly the norm for recent Presidential candidates. The Hoover Institute's article in Education Next explains that Democratic candidate Barack Obama had a private school education while Republican candidate John McCain was educated in military schools.
Neither candidate has talked much about public education policy during his campaign. People have tried to surmise policy positions by the people advising the campaigns on education issues.
According to OpenSecrets.org, university professors spent their summer vacations contributing to the Obama campaign. In fact, educators were only topped by lawyers in Obama's top contributors list.