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Joe Biden on Education
Vice President; previously Democratic Senator (DE)
Click here for 29 full quotes by Joe Biden OR click here for Joe Biden on other issues.
  • $500M for businesses partnerships at community colleges. (Feb 2012)
  • $500M for Race to the Top's Early Learning Challenges. (May 2011)
  • No Child Left Behind was left behind. (Oct 2008)
  • Hire more teachers and pay them for smaller classes. (Dec 2007)
  • Laid out a $30 billion plan over five years for education. (Nov 2007)
  • For longer school day & school year, & 16-year minimum. (Oct 2007)
  • $3000 tax credit for college for anyone earning under $150K. (Sep 2007)
  • There needs to be performance-based pay for teachers. (Aug 2007)
  • Teach sex ed in schools; including prevention methods. (Aug 2007)
  • Sent kids to private school after death of their mother. (Jul 2007)
  • Overcome racial achievement gap with early education. (Jun 2007)
  • Pay teachers more to get better educational results. (Apr 2007)
  • FactCheck: Japan pays teachers more, but not India & China. (Apr 2007)
  • NCLB needs more resources, but also is fundamentally flawed. (Feb 2007)
  • Princeton was last Ivy holdout to admit women & minorities. (Jan 2006)

    Voting Record

  • Voting for No Child Left Behind was a mistake. (Jul 2007)
  • Voted YES on $52M for "21st century community learning centers". (Oct 2005)
  • Voted YES on $5B for grants to local educational agencies. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted YES on shifting $11B from corporate tax loopholes to education. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted YES on funding smaller classes instead of private tutors. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on funding student testing instead of private tutors. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on spending $448B of tax cut on education & debt reduction. (Apr 2001)
  • Voted YES on Educational Savings Accounts. (Mar 2000)
  • Voted YES on education savings accounts. (Jun 1998)
  • Voted NO on school vouchers in DC. (Sep 1997)
  • Voted YES on $75M for abstinence education. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted NO on requiring schools to allow voluntary prayer. (Jul 1994)
  • Voted YES on national education standards. (Feb 1994)
  • Rated 91% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
Mike Bloomberg on Education
Mayor of New York City (Independent)
Click here for 15 full quotes by Mike Bloomberg OR click here for Mike Bloomberg on other issues.
  • Creationism boggles the mind, two centuries after Darwin. (Apr 2013)
  • Included among celebrity philanthropists who fund schools. (Feb 2011)
  • Pushed for mayoral control of city school system. (Feb 2011)
  • Liberate 1.1 million students from deadly bureaucracy. (Sep 2010)
  • All social problems are ameliorated by better education. (Sep 2010)
  • Increased school budget from $12B to $20B. (Sep 2010)
  • Ban the use of cell phones in public schools. (Sep 2010)
  • Slash bureaucracy; reward principal & teacher excellence. (Jan 2008)
  • End the shameful practice of social promotion. (Jan 2008)
  • No more tinkering at margins: cut bureaucracy; add charters. (Jun 2007)
  • Replaced school board with direct mayoral control. (May 2007)
  • No social promotion; more after-school. (May 2007)
  • Strengthened cell-phone ban in city schools. (May 2007)
  • Focus on increasing high school graduation rates. (Apr 2007)
  • Debated against eliminating social promotion. (Jan 2007)
John Bolton on Education
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  • 1966: Opposed coeducation at all-male Yale University. (Nov 2007)
Jeb Bush on Education
Republican FL Governor; V.P. prospect
Click here for 34 full quotes by Jeb Bush OR click here for Jeb Bush on other issues.
  • No Child Left Behind got states to start reforms. (Oct 2013)
  • Common core lets 1,000 different curriculum flowers bloom. (Oct 2013)
  • We test too much; focus on accountability instead. (Oct 2013)
  • More STEM grads, to maintain global technology leadership. (Mar 2013)
  • Civics & government for high school graduation. (Mar 2013)
  • Full immersion for English learners. (Mar 2013)
  • 800,000 FL parents selected schools, not district zoning. (Mar 2013)
  • Teacher bonuses for students passing AP courses. (Mar 2013)
  • Education savings accounts: Fund students instead of schools. (Mar 2013)
  • Florida Formula: schools graded A-to-F; extra funding for A. (Nov 2012)
  • Restore schools via standards for teachers instead of tenure. (Nov 2012)
  • Let's give every parent in America a choice about schools. (Aug 2012)
  • School choice is about unions versus kids. (Aug 2012)
  • Pushed 1st statewide voucher program & school testing. (Jun 2012)
  • Guarantee college admission for top 20% of high school grads. (Dec 2009)
  • Catholic Conference sought more voucher accountability. (Dec 2009)
  • 60% of FCAT-passed schools failed to meet NCLB standards. (Dec 2009)
  • OpEd: Stacked Board of Regents with Republican donors. (Feb 2007)
  • Repeal class size limit state constitutional amendment. (Feb 2007)
  • Co-founded a charter school in poor Miami neighborhood. (Feb 2007)
  • Make school plan more punitive and more vouchers. (Feb 2007)
  • 1997: Smaller schools are better schools, but also cost more. (Feb 2007)
  • Don't restrict creationism discussion, but don't require it. (Feb 2007)
  • Voluntary universal Pre-K: fund 9,600 pre-school teachers. (Mar 2004)
  • A+ Plan: Make "F" schools disappear; make more "A" schools. (Jan 2002)
  • Push for gains among minority and disadvantaged students. (Jan 2002)
  • Social promotion doesn't do our kids any favors. (Jan 2002)
  • Restrict grade inflation by imposing minimum standards. (Jun 2000)
  • School prayer OK if prayers are voluntary and student-led. (Mar 1999)
  • More funding for schools; merit pay for teachers. (Jul 1998)
  • Focus on abstinence; end social promotion. (Jul 1998)
  • Grade inflation breeds culture of falsely perceived success. (Nov 1995)
  • Instituted school voucher plan. (Jan 2000)
  • Supports charter schools & vouchers. (Jul 1998)
Ben Carson on Education
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  • Education worked for me; don't throw young people away. (Mar 2013)
  • As child, mother required written book reports. (Jan 2012)
  • Southern slaveowners knew education would empower slaves. (Jan 2012)
  • Maintaining American pinnacle requires math, not athletics. (Jan 2012)
  • Carson Scholars Fund: for humanitarian & superior academics. (Jan 2012)
  • THINK BIG: Talent, Honesty, Insight, Nice, Knowledge.God. (Jan 2012)
  • Carson Reading Rooms: 4,800 scholarships totaling $2 million. (Jan 2012)
Hillary Clinton on Education
Secretary of State; previously Democratic Senator (NY)
Click here for 72 full quotes by Hillary Clinton OR click here for 6 older headlines OR click here for Hillary Clinton on other issues.
  • OpEd: Common Core recycled from Clintons in 1980s and 1990s. (Jun 2013)
  • Parents are a child’s first teachers. (Jan 2008)
  • Get more teachers into hard-to-serve areas. (Nov 2007)
  • Hillary emphasized education reform without political agenda. (Oct 2007)
  • We have not yet reached consensus on education reform. (Sep 2007)
  • 1986: HIPPY program empowers parents as kids' first teach. (Sep 2007)
  • Universal pre-kindergarten; and make family the best school. (Aug 2007)
  • Working families cannot participate in school between 9 & 3. (Jul 2007)
  • It takes a village; American village has failed our children. (Jun 2007)
  • Establish right to education from pre-school thru college. (Jun 2007)
  • Early education affects things from IQ to lifelong earnings. (Dec 2006)
  • 2001: Proposed and passed National Teacher Corps. (Dec 2006)
  • Teacher testing only for new teachers. (Oct 2000)
  • Testing only new teachers respects professionalism. (Oct 2000)
  • Hold kids to high standards, starting at home. (Jul 1999)
  • Teachers need more peer consulting & more recognition. (Jul 1999)
  • Social promotion cheats our children. (Jul 1999)
  • More after-school; smaller classes. (Jul 1999)
  • Read to young kids 20-30 minutes daily. (Jul 1999)
  • Entire school staff should focus on school safety. (Jul 1999)
  • Metal detectors at school are not much of an intrusion. (Jun 1999)
  • Arts education is needed in our schools. (Sep 1998)
  • Give kids after-school activities to prevent gangs. (Apr 1998)
  • Allow student prayer, but no religious instruction. (Sep 1996)
  • Character education: teach empathy & self-discipline. (Sep 1996)
  • Supports Goals 2000: hardly the stuff of revolution. (Sep 1996)
  • Supports structured inner-city schools, with uniforms. (May 1996)
  • 1960s: Taught reading in poor Boston neighborhoods. (Aug 1993)

    Arkansas Ed Reform

  • AR Ed Reform taught that there is a place for testing. (Sep 2007)
  • Sent Chelsea to public schools in Arkansas, but not DC. (Jul 2007)
  • 1983: Teacher testing as part of AR education reform. (Jun 2007)
  • 1983: AR reforms fixed unconstitutional school financing. (Jun 2004)
  • AR Reform plan pushed mandatory teacher testing. (Nov 2003)
  • Arkansas education: improvement against great odds. (Oct 2000)
  • Pushed teacher testing in Arkansas. (Dec 1999)
  • AR ed reform: mandate kindergarten, no social promotion. (Dec 1999)
  • 1983: Challenged low education expectations. (Aug 1999)
  • 1993: Public accepted First Lady as education reformer. (Aug 1999)
  • Long journey for reform, not isolated initiatives. (Jun 1994)
  • HIPPY: Home Instruction Program for Preschool Youngsters. (Aug 1993)
  • Passing illiterate students is educational fraud. (Sep 1983)

    Education Funding

  • End predatory student college loan rates over 20%. (Apr 2008)
  • Fully fund special education & 21st century classrooms. (Dec 2007)
  • Incentive pay for school wide performance. (Aug 2007)
  • Transfer tax cuts from rich & corporations to student aid. (Jun 2006)
  • Reforms: teacher corps; more federal funding; modernize. (Sep 2000)
  • Opposes merit pay for individual teachers. (Apr 2000)
  • Supports merit pay for entire schools. (Apr 2000)
  • Scholarships for teachers who go to urban schools. (Mar 2000)
  • Increase resources to meet increased standards. (Mar 2000)
  • Address teacher shortage with salary increases. (Jul 1999)

    School Choice

  • Total change in No Child Left Behind. (Aug 2007)
  • Supports public school choice; but not private nor parochial. (Oct 2006)
  • More teachers, smaller classes, no vouchers. (Oct 2000)
  • Vouchers would take money from public schools. (Oct 2000)
  • Vouchers drain money from public schools. (Sep 2000)
  • Vouchers will not improve our public schools. (Jul 1999)
  • Let’s build up our schools-not tear them down. (Jul 1999)
  • Charter schools provide choice within public system. (Jul 1999)
  • Charters meet needs of failing public school students. (Aug 1998)
  • Vouchers siphon off much-needed resources. (Aug 1998)
  • Parents can choose, but support public schools. (Feb 1997)
  • Supports public school choice and charter schools. (Sep 1996)

    Voting Record

  • Solemn vow never to abandon our public schools. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted YES on $52M for "21st century community learning centers". (Oct 2005)
  • Voted YES on $5B for grants to local educational agencies. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted YES on shifting $11B from corporate tax loopholes to education. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted YES on funding smaller classes instead of private tutors. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on funding student testing instead of private tutors. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on spending $448B of tax cut on education & debt reduction. (Apr 2001)
  • Offer every parent Charter Schools and public school choice. (Aug 2000)
  • Rated 82% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
Ted Cruz on Education
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  • Education decisions best made at local level. (Jun 2012)
Andrew Cuomo on Education
Democratic Governor
Click here for 9 full quotes by Andrew Cuomo OR click here for Andrew Cuomo on other issues.
  • Replace 1950s bureaucracy with 2020 performance organization. (Jan 2014)
  • Tie 4% funding increase to teacher evaluation system. (Jan 2013)
  • Additional SUNY Challenge Grants. (Jan 2012)
  • Replace formula-based grants with performance incentives. (Jan 2011)
  • Follows federal lead in education by emphasizing performance. (Jan 2011)
  • Double the charter school cap. (Nov 2010)
  • Vouchers undermine existing public schools. (Oct 2003)
  • Universal 3-K: pre-school for all 3-year-olds. (Oct 2003)
  • Mayor should be accountable for NYC schools. (Mar 2002)
Rahm Emanuel on Education
Democratic Rep. (IL-5); Chief of Staff-Designee
Click here for 8 full quotes by Rahm Emanuel OR click here for Rahm Emanuel on other issues.
  • OpEd: Faced down teacher's unions to push needed reforms. (Mar 2013)
  • Provide more choices within the public school system. (Jan 2009)
  • Increase college graduation rates, like all other countries. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted YES on additional $10.2B for federal education & HHS projects. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted YES on allowing Courts to decide on "God" in Pledge of Allegiance. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted YES on $84 million in grants for Black and Hispanic colleges. (Mar 2006)
  • Offer every parent Charter Schools and public school choice. (Aug 2000)
  • Rated 100% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
Newt Gingrich on Education
Former Republican Representative (GA-6) and Speaker of the House
Click here for 32 full quotes by Newt Gingrich OR click here for Newt Gingrich on other issues.
  • Gingrich's education stances compared to Ron Paul's. (Jan 2012)
  • College students should work and graduate with no debt. (Nov 2011)
  • Dramatically shrink the federal Department of Education. (Sep 2011)
  • I liked charter school programs in Obama's Race to the Top. (Sep 2011)
  • Let parents choose public, private, parochial, or homeschool. (Jun 2011)
  • School prayer ban shows secular socialists oppose God. (May 2010)
  • Since 1963 school prayer ban, teen pregnancy & drugs are up. (May 2010)
  • Don't ban Bibles from public schools. (May 2010)
  • More learning options: community college-run charter schools. (Dec 2007)
  • Offer coupons to send kids to schools that work best. (Dec 2007)
  • America’s high schools are obsolete. (Sep 2007)
  • Pay kids as incentive to learn math and science. (Sep 2007)
  • Removing God from Pledge of Allegiance assaults our identity. (Dec 2006)
  • Removing “God” from Pledge assaults our identity. (Dec 2006)
  • Replace multiculturalism with patriotic education. (Dec 2006)
  • Reference to God in Pledge of Allegiance is not ceremonial. (Dec 2006)
  • Introduce competition among schools and teachers. (Dec 2006)
  • Encourage private sector in math and science education. (Dec 2006)
  • Teach evolution as science; intelligent design as philosophy. (Oct 2006)
  • Waive interest on student loans for math & science grads. (Sep 2003)
  • Support charters; insist on change for failing schools. (Jul 1998)
  • Private scholarships for students at hopeless schools. (Jul 1998)
  • Adopt vouchers to break unionized monopoly of inner city. (Jul 1996)
  • End college tenure; focus on students over teachers. (Jul 1996)
  • Constitutional amendment to protect right to school prayer. (Apr 1996)
  • 1984: All-night Congressional vigil on school prayer vote. (Jun 1995)
  • Voucherize inner-city programs from schools to groceries. (Jun 1995)
  • Voluntary school prayer creates bond between you and Creator. (Jun 1995)
  • 1963 Supreme Court school prayer ban was just wrong. (Jun 1995)
  • Voted YES on giving federal aid only to schools allowing voluntary prayer. (Mar 1994)
  • Make employee educational assistance tax-deductible. (Jan 1993)
  • Supports a Constitutional Amendment for school prayer. (May 1997)
Nikki Haley on Education
Click here for 3 full quotes by Nikki Haley OR click here for Nikki Haley on other issues.
  • Make a real investment in our charter schools. (Jan 2012)
  • Educate kids not based on where they happen to live. (Jan 2011)
  • Expand charter schools. (Nov 2010)
Mike Huckabee on Education
Former Republican AR Governor; possible draft candidate
Click here for 32 full quotes by Mike Huckabee OR click here for Mike Huckabee on other issues.
  • Establish merit pay and abolish tenure. (Feb 2011)
  • In AR, instituted charter schools & abstinence education. (Nov 2008)
  • Develop both sides of students' brains: music AND math. (Nov 2008)
  • Courted home-schoolers in Iowa caucus. (Nov 2008)
  • Differentiates microevolution from macroevolution. (Nov 2008)
  • Ivy League founded by spiritual people for Christian purpose. (Nov 2008)
  • Increased school taxes, by court order, and schools improved. (Dec 2007)
  • Education is a state issue, not a federal issue. (Dec 2007)
  • Focus on what’s good for students, not good for school. (Dec 2007)
  • Weapons of Mass Instruction: more science AND more arts. (Dec 2007)
  • Impeach judges for barring legislature prayers to Jesus. (Sep 2007)
  • Equal funds for abstinence as contraceptive-based education. (Sep 2007)
  • Tax-credited programs for Christian schooling. (Sep 2007)
  • I’m running for president, not writing science curriculum. (Jun 2007)
  • Ending school prayer was one step in society’s moral decay. (Jun 2007)
  • Does not believe in evolution. (May 2007)
  • Incorporate character education into school curriculum. (Jan 2007)
  • Authorize & advance more charter schools. (Jan 2007)
  • Replace entire school board for failing schools. (Jan 2007)
  • Support displaying the Ten Commandments in public schools. (Nov 2002)
  • SmartStart focuses on high standards and accountability. (Oct 2000)
  • Decline in school quality due to NEA union. (Jun 1998)
  • NEA opposes school prayer despite teachers' conservatism. (Jun 1998)
  • Emphasis on socialization is abominably subversive. (Jun 1998)
  • Don't ignore building character in our classrooms. (Sep 1997)

    Arkansas Ed Reform

  • FactCheck: AR improved test scores, but still below-average. (Dec 2007)
  • SmartStart: early character-based education. (Jun 2007)
  • Sends his kids to public school; says other officials should. (Jan 2007)
  • Reformed AR education with Smart Start & Next Step. (Jan 2007)
  • Supported creation of Arkansas charter schools. (Dec 2006)
  • Raise teacher salaries; hire more teachers. (Nov 2002)
  • First priority: Raise teacher salaries. (Jan 2001)
Jon Huntsman on Education
Republican UT Governor
Click here for 6 full quotes by Jon Huntsman OR click here for Jon Huntsman on other issues.
  • I signed the second voucher bill in the US. (Sep 2011)
  • No Child Left Behind has failed; we need vouchers. (Aug 2011)
  • UCAT system: technical college for industry needs. (Jan 2009)
  • Early learning is critical; so are languages & math. (Jan 2009)
  • To produce first-rate students, pay for first-rate teachers. (Jan 2007)
  • School choice & competition is healthy for public schools. (Nov 2006)
Bobby Jindal on Education
Republican Governor; previously Representative (LA-1)
Click here for 11 full quotes by Bobby Jindal OR click here for Bobby Jindal on other issues.
  • Reward good teachers with flex pay. (Nov 2010)
  • Pay 90% of public school cost as private & parochial tuition. (Nov 2010)
  • Tap faith-based groups to run charter schools. (Nov 2010)
  • I favor whatever works, including vouchers & charters. (Nov 2010)
  • Reinvented New Orleans with private/parochial scholarships. (Feb 2009)
  • Increase completion rate above 6% for GED-OPTIONS program. (Jan 2009)
  • Performance-based funding for schools to meet industry needs. (Jan 2009)
  • Too many of our campuses have buildings with leaking roofs. (Mar 2008)
  • Tax deductions for tuition & qualified educational expenses. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on allowing Courts to decide on "God" in Pledge of Allegiance. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted NO on $84 million in grants for Black and Hispanic colleges. (Mar 2006)
Gary Johnson on Education
Libertarian presidential nominee; former Republican NM Governor
Click here for 13 full quotes by Gary Johnson OR click here for Gary Johnson on other issues.
  • Public education system needs major reform. (Aug 2012)
  • Vouchers OK for church childcare & church schools. (Aug 2012)
  • $3,500 voucher for every K-12 student. (Aug 2012)
  • Vouchers are as constitutional as pre-school and day-care. (Aug 2012)
  • Competition would make our schools better. (Aug 2012)
  • I support evolution; but no federal involvement. (May 2012)
  • No student loans; they cause higher tuition. (Nov 2011)
  • Education Dept. takes 16 cents for every 11 cents it gives. (Sep 2011)
  • Abolish Departments of Education and HUD. (Aug 2011)
  • Give every student in New Mexico vouchers worth $3,500. (Jul 2011)
  • Put educational funds in the hands of the people who use it. (May 2011)
  • End the Department of Education. (May 2011)
  • No student loans; they cause higher tuition. (Feb 2011)
Peter King on Education
Rep./Ind./Cons./Right-To-Life Representative (NY-3)
Click here for 12 full quotes by Peter King OR click here for Peter King on other issues.
  • $5,000 per year in pre-tax earnings to repay student loans. (Sep 2013)
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the DC opportunity scholarship program. (Mar 2011)
  • Voted YES on $40B for green public schools. (May 2009)
  • Voted NO on additional $10.2B for federal education & HHS projects. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted NO on allowing Courts to decide on "God" in Pledge of Allegiance. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted NO on $84 million in grants for Black and Hispanic colleges. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted YES on allowing school prayer during the War on Terror. (Nov 2001)
  • Voted YES on requiring states to test students. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on allowing vouchers in DC schools. (Aug 1998)
  • Voted YES on vouchers for private & parochial schools. (Nov 1997)
  • Voted YES on giving federal aid only to schools allowing voluntary prayer. (Mar 1994)
  • Rated 18% by the NEA, indicating anti-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
Martin O`Malley on Education
Democrat
Click here for 4 full quotes by Martin O`Malley OR click here for Martin O`Malley on other issues.
  • Complete College Maryland: incentives to finish on time. (Feb 2011)
  • Give students, teachers & parents resources they need. (Nov 2006)
  • Offer every parent Charter Schools and public school choice. (Aug 2000)
  • Opposes education vouchers for public or private school. (Aug 2010)
Barack Obama on Education
Democratic incumbent President; IL Senator (2004-2008)
Click here for 69 full quotes by Barack Obama OR click here for Barack Obama on other issues.
  • Race to the Top for our youngest: pre-K available to all. (Jan 2014)
  • Re-equip high schools to train for jobs right now. (Feb 2013)
  • We reformed schools in 46 states, with their governors. (Oct 2012)
  • Recovery Act avoided layoffs; now hire more teachers. (Sep 2012)
  • 100,000 new science & math teachers over the next decade. (Sep 2012)
  • Educate to Innovate: new national STEM Master Teacher Corps. (Sep 2012)
  • To make a difference for kids, become a teacher. (Feb 2011)
  • Educate to Innovate campaign: make US top in math & science. (Sep 2010)
  • Quitting high school is quitting on your country. (Feb 2009)
  • Invest in early childhood education and higher education. (Aug 2008)
  • Fight for social & economic justice begins in the classroom. (Jul 2008)
  • Make math & science policy a national priority. (Jul 2008)
  • We need real commitment to education; instead we got NCLB. (Jun 2008)
  • $10 billion to guarantee early childhood education for all. (Jun 2008)
  • Evolution & science aren’t incompatible with Christian faith. (Apr 2008)
  • Mother home-schooled Obama in English while in Indonesia. (Apr 2008)
  • Children’s First Agenda: zero to five early education. (Feb 2008)
  • Put billions of dollars into early childhood education. (Jan 2008)
  • Need after-school and summer programs with good parenting. (Jan 2008)
  • Get parents re-engaged in educating the children. (Dec 2007)
  • Nationwide program to reconstruct crumbling school buildings. (Sep 2007)
  • STEP UP: summer learning opportunities for disadvantaged. (Aug 2007)
  • We left the money behind for No Child Left Behind. (Aug 2007)
  • Supreme Court was wrong on school anti-integration ruling. (Jul 2007)
  • Cut banks out and add $4.5 Billion to college loans. (Mar 2007)
  • Guarantee affordable life-long, top-notch education. (Jun 2006)
  • Sex education needed to help children discuss molestation. (Oct 2004)
  • Provide decent funding and get rid of anti-intellectualism. (Jul 2004)
  • Address the growing achievement gap between students. (May 2004)
  • Will add 25,000 teachers in high-need areas. (May 2004)

    College

  • College Scorecard: compare schools by affordability. (Feb 2013)
  • 2 million more slots in our community colleges. (Oct 2012)
  • Cut out the middleman on student loans from banks. (Oct 2012)
  • More education funding from early childhood thru Pell grants. (Sep 2012)
  • Michelle: We were so young, so in love, and so in debt. (Sep 2012)
  • Make community colleges into community career centers. (Jan 2012)
  • Jobs today require at least a bachelor's degree. (Sep 2010)
  • $10K college tax credit; forgive loans for public service. (Jan 2010)
  • $2,500 tax credit for all four years of college. (Feb 2009)
  • Refundable $4000 tax credit for community college tuition. (Aug 2008)
  • To compete, students need at least H.S. & college degree. (Jun 2008)
  • Pay for college education for those who commit to teaching. (Jun 2008)
  • $4,000 college tuition for 100 hours’ public service a year. (Feb 2008)

    Merit Incentives

  • Romney education stances compared to Obama. (Jan 2012)
  • FactCheck: Race to the Top has only rewarded 12 states. (Jan 2011)
  • Race to the Top: reward innovation in public schools. (Jan 2011)
  • Reward successful schools, instead of funding the status quo. (Jan 2010)
  • Volunteer in your neighborhood & we help pay for college. (Feb 2009)
  • Merit pay ok if based on career instead of a single test. (Apr 2008)
  • Pay “master teachers” extra, but with buy-in from teachers. (Aug 2007)
  • Incentives to hire a million teachers over next decade. (Jun 2007)
  • Pay teachers more money & treat them like professionals. (Jun 2007)
  • More teacher pay in exchange for more teacher accountability. (Oct 2006)
  • Free public college for any student with B-average. (Jul 1998)

    School Choice

  • Opposes D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program. (Feb 2012)
  • Increase school choice & accountability within NCLB. (Feb 2011)
  • I doubled charter schools in Illinois; but no vouchers. (Oct 2008)
  • Vouchers don’t solve the problems of our schools. (Oct 2008)
  • FactCheck: McCain for national reforms & also DC vouchers. (Oct 2008)
  • Supports charter schools; it’s important to experiment. (Feb 2008)
  • We need a sense of urgency about improving education system. (Sep 2007)
  • Sends kids to private school; but wants good schools for all. (Jul 2007)
  • Public school system status quo is indefensible. (Oct 2006)
  • Supports charter schools and private investment in schools. (Jul 1998)

    Voting Record

  • First Senate bill: increase Pell Grant from $4,050 to $5,100. (Aug 2007)
  • Sponsored legislations that recruit and reward good teachers. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on $52M for "21st century community learning centers". (Oct 2005)
  • Voted YES on $5B for grants to local educational agencies. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted YES on shifting $11B from corporate tax loopholes to education. (Mar 2005)
Sarah Palin on Education
Republican Governor (AK); 2008 nominee for Vice President
Click here for 31 full quotes by Sarah Palin OR click here for Sarah Palin on other issues.
  • All "winners" creates generation of entitled little whiners. (Nov 2010)
  • Forward Funding: let districts plan based on advance budget. (Nov 2009)
  • Supports microevolution, but not that humans came from fish. (Nov 2009)
  • Supports abstinence ed plus contraception vs.explicit sex ed. (Nov 2009)
  • Believes in evolution; "My father's a science teacher". (Aug 2009)
  • 3-year plan: $1B for early learning, vo-tech, accountability. (Jan 2009)
  • We need more flexibility in No Child Left Behind. (Oct 2008)
  • Never tried to ban books in the Wasilla Library. (Sep 2008)
  • Science teacher as dad; believes in teaching evolution. (Sep 2008)
  • Teach creationism alongside evolution in schools. (Aug 2008)
  • Supports teaching intelligent design in public schools. (Aug 2008)
  • 294 Alaska public schools progressed under NCLB. (Aug 2008)
  • School debate should focus on accountability. (Jan 2008)
  • Committed to providing strong education, including morals. (Jan 2008)
  • Budget funds education, but will to work is also critical. (Jan 2008)
  • Court ruling against NEA: state adequately funds education. (Jun 2007)
  • Fully fund K-12 and support early funding of education. (Jan 2007)
  • Supports $20 million needs-based aid for U. Alaska. (Nov 2006)
  • Forward-fund K-12 schools to allow better planning. (Nov 2006)
  • Supports charter schools, home schools, & other alternatives. (Nov 2006)
  • Target early education programs to at-risk groups. (Nov 2006)
  • Alignment between parents, teachers, schools, & business. (Nov 2006)
  • Faith-based materials ok in homeschooling. (Nov 2006)
  • ABC method: back to basics, plus patriotism & ethics. (Nov 2006)
  • Supports parental choice for what is best for their children. (Nov 2006)
  • Don’t push school boards on creationism but allow discussion. (Oct 2006)
  • I believe we have a creator; and many theories of evolution. (Oct 2006)
  • Support charters & home schools; not private school vouchers. (Oct 2006)
  • Let parents opt out of schoolbooks they find offensive. (Jul 2006)
  • Parents know best, about school spending & school age. (Jul 2006)
  • Pledge of Allegiance with ‘Under God’ is good enough. (Jul 2006)
Deval Patrick on Education
Democrat
Click here for 13 full quotes by Deval Patrick OR click here for Deval Patrick on other issues.
  • Invest in education, innovation, infrastructure. (Jan 2013)
  • Favors MCAS, but not as only measure of education reform. (Sep 2006)
  • Incentives & merit pay on school-wide basis only. (Sep 2006)
  • Veto moratorium, but cap charters until funding is reformed. (Sep 2006)
  • Supports unionized Horace Mann charter over regular charters. (Jun 2006)
  • Supports MCAS but would add a science test and other tests. (Jun 2006)
  • Cap charter schools until funding formulas improved. (Apr 2006)
  • Expand early education opportunities. (Sep 2005)
  • Extend the school day, and explore extending the school year. (Sep 2005)
  • Reduce class sizes; offer more after-school programs. (Sep 2005)
  • Supports charter schools. (Sep 2005)
  • Improve assessment tools including MCAS and beyond. (Sep 2005)
  • Reinvest in public higher education. (Sep 2005)
Rand Paul on Education
Click here for 2 full quotes by Rand Paul OR click here for Rand Paul on other issues.
  • Allow school choice for everyone, white, brown, or black. (Feb 2013)
  • Support homeschooling and parental responsibility. (Jul 2010)
Rick Perry on Education
Republican Governor (TX)
Click here for 15 full quotes by Rick Perry OR click here for Rick Perry on other issues.
  • Promote school choice all across this country. (Sep 2011)
  • We reduced school spending in TX and raised graduation rates. (Sep 2011)
  • Choose from mix of public, charter & private schools. (Nov 2010)
  • OpEd: School choice laudable at local level but not federal. (Nov 2010)
  • Public prayer is not establishing a religion. (Nov 2010)
  • Turned down $700M in federal aid due to strings attached. (Nov 2010)
  • No "Race to the Top" funding; too many strings attached. (Jan 2010)
  • Best teachers, accountability, math & science prep. (Jan 2009)
  • New discoveries make evolutionary explanation less plausible. (Feb 2008)
  • My parents didn't sue when I was paddled at school. (Feb 2008)
  • Boy Scouts granted right to use schools in 2002 NCLB law. (Feb 2008)
  • $305 million for public schools and colleges. (Jan 2001)
  • Start a pilot voucher program in Texas. (Jun 2002)
  • Supports vouchers, but didn't push proposal through. (May 1999)
  • Supports voluntary prayer in public schools. (Aug 2010)
Rob Portman on Education
Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative (OH-2)
Click here for 7 full quotes by Rob Portman OR click here for Rob Portman on other issues.
  • Voted YES on allowing school prayer during the War on Terror. (Nov 2001)
  • Voted YES on requiring states to test students. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on allowing vouchers in DC schools. (Aug 1998)
  • Voted YES on vouchers for private & parochial schools. (Nov 1997)
  • Voted YES on giving federal aid only to schools allowing voluntary prayer. (Mar 1994)
  • Supports requiring schools to allow prayer. (Jan 2001)
  • Rated 17% by the NEA, indicating anti-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
Condoleezza Rice on Education
Secretary of State
Click here for 13 full quotes by Condoleezza Rice OR click here for Condoleezza Rice on other issues.
  • Parental choice in schools is civil rights issue of our day. (Aug 2012)
  • National standards rather than local school curriculum. (Feb 2012)
  • Grandfather funded Rice Schools from rich white community. (Jan 2012)
  • Ad hoc participant in homeschooling in 1960s. (Jan 2012)
  • Suspicious of the predictive power of standardized tests. (Jan 2012)
  • Center for a New Generation: reduce poverty in E. Palo Alto. (Jan 2012)
  • Encourage critical languages: Faris, Chinese, Arabic. (Nov 2011)
  • Spotlight the importance of foreign exchange student program. (Nov 2011)
  • Started after-school program in East Palo Alto. (Oct 2007)
  • Under segregation, blacks prepared for integrated college. (Mar 2007)
  • Experienced educator, as teacher and administrator. (Oct 2005)
  • Keep funding for arts in school budgets. (May 2005)
  • Economic class means nothing in US colleges. (Jun 2000)
Mitt Romney on Education
Former Republican Governor (MA); presidential nominee-apparent
Click here for 34 full quotes by Mitt Romney OR click here for Mitt Romney on other issues.
  • Teachers unions need to go behind parents & kids. (Oct 2012)
  • Free college for the top quarter of high school graduates. (Oct 2012)
  • Let IDEA and Title I funds follow disabled child. (Oct 2012)
  • No cuts to college funding. (Oct 2012)
  • Put kids & teachers first; teachers' unions go behind. (Sep 2012)
  • Free tuition at MA college for top 1/4 of high school grads. (Sep 2012)
  • Cap Pell Grants to increase only at rate of inflation. (Sep 2012)
  • Don't overwhelm college students with loan debt. (Sep 2012)
  • Higher spending rarely correlates with better results. (Sep 2012)
  • Every parent should have a choice of schools. (Aug 2012)
  • Abigail Adams scholarships: H.S. Top 25% get college tuition. (Aug 2012)
  • Gov. Perry's education policy stances compared to Romney's. (Jan 2012)
  • Smaller classroom size only matters to teachers' unions. (Sep 2011)
  • We should insist that teachers get evaluated. (Sep 2011)
  • China & India graduate more science & engineering PhDs. (Mar 2010)
  • Failure to educate minorities is a civil rights issue. (Mar 2010)
  • 2003: Bold reforms: required H.S. graduation test. (Mar 2010)
  • Vetoed abandoning three new Massachusetts charter schools. (Mar 2010)
  • Teachers' union has deadening impact on student achievement. (Mar 2010)
  • School choice over fat-cat CEOs of teachers' unions. (Feb 2010)
  • FactCheck: US scores at 50% internationally, not 10%-25%. (Dec 2007)
  • FactCheck: MA 1st in test scores, but was 1st before Romney. (Dec 2007)
  • Education is not just the teachers’ union. (Dec 2007)
  • Bush was right on No Child Left Behind. (Dec 2007)
  • Identify failing schools; push choice & English immersion. (Dec 2007)
  • Principles: choice; parental involvement; merit scholarships. (Dec 2007)
  • Supports English immersion & abstinence education. (May 2007)
  • Changed from closing Education Dept. to supporting NCLB. (May 2007)
  • God created universe, but evolution created human body. (May 2007)
  • Reform underperforming schools or replace with charters. (Sep 2002)
  • Supported abolishing the federal Department of Education. (Mar 2002)
  • Schools can teach family values, but not religion or prayer. (Aug 1994)
  • Supported means-tested vouchers for public & private schools. (Mar 2002)

    Massachusetts

  • MA schools were #1 in the nation while I was governor. (Oct 2012)
Marco Rubio on Education
Click here for 16 full quotes by Marco Rubio OR click here for Marco Rubio on other issues.
  • Give parents chance to send kids to school of their choice. (Feb 2013)
  • Give info to students on costs & benefits of student loans. (Feb 2013)
  • Became serious college student after football injury. (Jun 2012)
  • 1999: Pushed for early education for at-risk children. (Jun 2012)
  • Silent on voluntary school prayer. (Jun 2012)
  • Presided over $2.3B cut to Florida public education. (Jun 2012)
  • Voted for more scholarships for private schools. (Apr 2007)
  • Incentivize foreign language curriculum in elementary school. (Nov 2006)
  • Prepare students for the Global Marketplace. (Nov 2006)
  • More options for student and parent choice in education. (Nov 2006)
  • Integrate competition principles into education marketplace. (Nov 2006)
  • A+ Plan for Education: charters and choice. (Nov 2006)
  • 2+2 System: AA degree guarantees admission to university. (Nov 2006)
  • $4,500 voucher saves state $10,000 in per-student cost. (Nov 2006)
  • Private partnerships for provision of school services. (Nov 2006)
  • Supports less federal & more local control of education. (Sep 2010)
Paul Ryan on Education
Republican nominee for Vice President; U.S. Rep. (WI-1)
Click here for 12 full quotes by Paul Ryan OR click here for Paul Ryan on other issues.
  • No Child Left Behind spends more money, but without results. (Aug 2012)
  • Stop pushing God from the public realm & public schools. (Aug 2012)
  • A-PLUS: Local decisions, not one-size-fits-all mandates. (Aug 2012)
  • Student loan increases just translate into increased tuition. (Apr 2012)
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the DC opportunity scholarship program. (Mar 2011)
  • Voted NO on $40B for green public schools. (May 2009)
  • Voted NO on additional $10.2B for federal education & HHS projects. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted NO on allowing Courts to decide on "God" in Pledge of Allegiance. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted NO on $84 million in grants for Black and Hispanic colleges. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted YES on allowing school prayer during the War on Terror. (Nov 2001)
  • Voted YES on requiring states to test students. (May 2001)
  • Rated 8% by the NEA, indicating anti-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
Rick Santorum on Education
Republican Jr Senator (PA); 2012 presidential frontrunner
Click here for 29 full quotes by Rick Santorum OR click here for Rick Santorum on other issues.
  • 2006: college for all; 2012: college for all is snobbish. (Feb 2012)
  • I should not have voted for No Child Left Behind. (Jan 2012)
  • Our education system doesn't serve the customer. (Sep 2011)
  • 2001: Keep Department of Education; 2012: it's unnecessary. (Jun 2011)
  • One-time $500 contribution to every low-income child. (Apr 2006)
  • Rich people already have school choice; give it to the poor. (Apr 2006)
  • 1990s: School uniforms happen to be a good idea. (Apr 2006)
  • Family, religion, and schools: most fundamental institutions. (Apr 2006)
  • Comprehensive sex ed has no impact on pregnancy or STD rates. (Apr 2006)
  • Home-schooled six children with wife Karen. (Apr 2006)
  • Multiculturalism insists we teach about comic books. (Apr 2006)
  • Expose kids to legitimate debate of evolution & creationism. (Mar 2005)
  • Teach about disagreements in biological evolution theories. (Jun 2001)
  • Kids are trapped without choice in the public schools. (Jun 2001)
  • More teachers & more funding just means more of the same. (Apr 1998)
  • Voted NO on $52M for "21st century community learning centers". (Oct 2005)
  • Voted NO on $5B for grants to local educational agencies. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted NO on shifting $11B from corporate tax loopholes to education. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted NO on funding smaller classes instead of private tutors. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on funding student testing instead of private tutors. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on spending $448B of tax cut on education & debt reduction. (Apr 2001)
  • Voted YES on Educational Savings Accounts. (Mar 2000)
  • Voted YES on allowing more flexibility in federal school rules. (Mar 1999)
  • Voted YES on education savings accounts. (Jun 1998)
  • Voted YES on school vouchers in DC. (Sep 1997)
  • Voted YES on $75M for abstinence education. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted YES on giving federal aid only to schools allowing voluntary prayer. (Mar 1994)
  • Rated 27% by the NEA, indicating anti-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Make employee educational assistance tax-deductible. (Jan 1993)
Donald Trump on Education
2000 Reform Primary Challenger for President
Click here for 4 full quotes by Donald Trump OR click here for Donald Trump on other issues.
  • Teach citizenship; stop “dumbing down”. (Jul 2000)
  • End “creative spelling,” “estimating,” & “empowerment”. (Jul 2000)
  • Bring on the competition; tear down the union walls. (Jul 2000)
  • School choice will improve public schools. (Jul 2000)
Jesse Ventura on Education
Former Independent MN Governor
Click here for 19 full quotes by Jesse Ventura OR click here for Jesse Ventura on other issues.
  • Evolution for science teachers & Creation for Sunday school. (Apr 2008)
  • Requiring the Pledge of Allegiance brainwashes students. (Apr 2008)
  • Focus on results and standards. (Dec 2000)
  • Lifelong learning; college & training for work & life. (Dec 2000)
  • More money for class size reduction. (Jul 2000)
  • Public schools can’t advocate religion; private prayer OK. (Jul 2000)
  • Teach “creation science” in church, not schools. (Jul 2000)
  • Fund schools at state level instead of via property taxes. (Jul 2000)
  • Mainstrean special-ed kids, like his daughter did. (Jan 1999)
  • Reducing class size solves many educational problems. (Jan 1999)
  • Mainstream disabled students. (Jan 1999)
  • Commonsense steps to improve public education. (Jan 1999)
  • No government money for higher education. (Jan 1999)

    School Choice

  • Erase the word voucher from the vocabulary. (Dec 2000)
  • Public dollars belong to public schools. (Jul 2000)
  • Loosen federal control; leave more to state & locals. (Jan 1999)
  • Neighborhoods shouldn’t abandon their public schools. (Jan 1999)
  • Public schools are inefficient; but fix them, don’t end them. (Nov 1998)
  • Choosing private school includes responsility to pay. (Feb 1998)

                                                                                                                                                                               
  


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