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Roseanne Barr on Education
Peace and Freedom Party nominee for President
Click here for 3 full quotes by Roseanne Barr OR click here for Roseanne Barr on other issues.
  • Oppose teacher-led prayer in public schools. (Sep 2012)
  • Supports parents choosing schools via vouchers. (Sep 2012)
  • Forgive all student loans; they're debt slavery. (Aug 2012)
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)
Jeb Bush on Education
Republican FL Governor; V.P. prospect
Click here for 45 full quotes by Jeb Bush OR click here for Jeb Bush on other issues.
  • Feds should not be involved with creation of content. (Aug 2015)
  • Allow opt-out of Common Core if states define standards. (Aug 2015)
  • Federal government should create choices, not standards. (Mar 2015)
  • Common Core is not a federal takeover. (Feb 2015)
  • I won't run from Common Core, even if GOP does. (Apr 2014)
  • 13,000 politicized unionized monopolies isn't the best model. (Apr 2014)
  • Common Core is the right thing to do for our country. (Apr 2014)
  • Advocate for Common Core education standards. (Mar 2014)
  • 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)
  • Education savings accounts: Fund students instead of schools. (Mar 2013)
  • 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)
  • Don't restrict creationism discussion, but don't require it. (Feb 2007)
  • School prayer OK if prayers are voluntary and student-led. (Mar 1999)
  • Grade inflation breeds culture of falsely perceived success. (Nov 1995)

    Florida Education

  • I created the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd voucher program in America. (Aug 2015)
  • 1994: cut Department of Education from 2,000 to 50 staff. (Jan 2015)
  • Ed reform: reading scores improved; parents got more choices. (Feb 2014)
  • 800,000 FL parents selected schools, not district zoning. (Mar 2013)
  • Teacher bonuses for students passing AP courses. (Mar 2013)
  • Florida Formula: schools graded A-to-F; extra funding for A. (Nov 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)
  • 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)
  • Instituted school voucher plan. (Jan 2000)
  • More funding for schools; merit pay for teachers. (Jul 1998)
  • Focus on abstinence; end social promotion. (Jul 1998)
  • Supports charter schools & vouchers. (Jul 1998)
Ben Carson on Education
Click here for 14 full quotes by Ben Carson OR click here for Ben Carson on other issues.
  • Our public education system has become a propaganda system. (May 2015)
  • Private schooling better than Common Core public schooling. (Feb 2015)
  • When you educate a man, you liberate a man. (May 2014)
  • College grads today fail a 6th-grade test from the 1800s. (May 2014)
  • School choice increases competitive nature of education. (Apr 2013)
  • Education worked for me; don't throw young people away. (Mar 2013)
  • Evolution and creationism both require faith. (May 2012)
  • Creationists have God's ethics; evolutionists must find them. (May 2012)
  • 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)
Lincoln Chafee on Education
Independent RI Governor; previously Republican Senator (1999-2007)
Click here for 16 full quotes by Lincoln Chafee OR click here for Lincoln Chafee on other issues.
  • $6 million for RI higher education: make tuition affordable. (Jun 2015)
  • Supports NCLB’s standardized testing, if federally funded. (Sep 2006)
  • Fund special education before tax cuts for the wealthy. (Aug 2006)
  • Supports parents choosing schools via vouchers. (Sep 2000)
  • Supports vouchers & charters, plus more public funding. (Jan 2000)
  • 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 YES 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 YES on spending $448B of tax cut on education & debt reduction. (Apr 2001)
  • Voted NO on Educational Savings Accounts. (Mar 2000)
  • Focus educational resources to help those with greatest need. (Jul 2001)
  • Require state standards, regular assessments, and sanctions. (Jul 2001)
  • Support Ed-Flex: more flexibility if more accountable. (Jul 2001)
  • Rated 55% by the NEA, indicating a mixed record on public education. (Dec 2003)
Hillary Clinton on Education
Secretary of State; previously Democratic Senator (NY)
Click here for 72 full quotes by Hillary Clinton OR click here for 7 older headlines OR click here for Hillary Clinton on other issues.
  • Teach Bible as history & literature; not science or religion. (Apr 2015)
  • OpEd: Common Core recycled from Clintons in 1980s and 1990s. (Jun 2013)
  • Parents are a child’s first teachers. (Jan 2008)
  • We have not yet reached consensus on education reform. (Sep 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)
  • Teachers need more peer consulting & more recognition. (Jul 1999)
  • Social promotion cheats our children. (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

  • Hillary emphasized education reform without political agenda. (Oct 2007)
  • AR Ed Reform taught that there is a place for testing. (Sep 2007)
  • 1986: HIPPY program empowers parents as kids' first teach. (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)
  • Get more teachers into hard-to-serve areas. (Nov 2007)
  • Incentive pay for school wide performance. (Aug 2007)
  • Universal pre-kindergarten; and make family the best school. (Aug 2007)
  • Working families cannot participate in school between 9 & 3. (Jul 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)
  • More after-school; smaller classes. (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
Click here for 5 full quotes by Ted Cruz OR click here for Ted Cruz on other issues.
  • Right to education: public, private, charter, or homeschool. (Mar 2015)
  • We should thank parents who homeschool. (Mar 2015)
  • Local control of education instead of Common Core. (Mar 2015)
  • Education decisions best made at local level. (Jun 2012)
  • Denounce the Common Core State Standards. (Feb 2014)
Carly Fiorina on Education
Click here for 7 full quotes by Carly Fiorina OR click here for Carly Fiorina on other issues.
  • Supports No Child Left Behind & Race to the Top. (May 2015)
  • Make sure that every parent has a choice. (Mar 2015)
  • Synthesis of public school system and competitive vouchers. (Mar 2015)
  • Education crisis:we're behind on teaching skills & character. (Mar 2015)
  • Dropped out of UCLA Law School at age 22. (Sep 2007)
  • To truly understand something, explain it to someone else. (Sep 2007)
  • Supports less federal & more local control of education. (Sep 2010)
Jim Gilmore on Education
Senate challenger 2008; previously Republican Governor (VA)
Click here for 8 full quotes by Jim Gilmore OR click here for Jim Gilmore on other issues.
  • Claims Warner said home-schooling threatens America. (Sep 2008)
  • Begin an honest conversation about college costs. (Apr 2007)
  • College scholarships for every qualified needy student. (Jan 2001)
  • Expand Algebra Readiness Initiative; hire more teachers. (Jan 2001)
  • Raise teacher pay with local funds. (Jan 2001)
  • More support for traditional African-American universities. (Jul 2000)
  • Moment of silence does not infringe on students’ rights. (Feb 2000)
  • Calls for a voucher plan in Virginia schools. (Jul 1999)
Lindsey Graham on Education
Republican Sr Senator; previously Representative (SC-3)
Click here for 15 full quotes by Lindsey Graham OR click here for Lindsey Graham on other issues.
  • States were bribed and coerced into adopting Common Core. (Jun 2015)
  • Voted NO on additional $10.2B for federal education & HHS projects. (Oct 2007)
  • 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 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)
  • Let schools display the words "God Bless America". (Oct 2001)
  • Supports requiring schools to allow prayer. (Jan 2001)
  • Rated 27% by the NEA, indicating anti-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Sponsored $110M per year to teach abstinence in public schools. (Feb 2013)
  • Sponsored denouncing the Common Core State Standards. (Feb 2014)
  • Supports a Constitutional Amendment for school prayer. (May 1997)
Mike Huckabee on Education
Former Republican AR Governor; possible draft candidate
Click here for 38 full quotes by Mike Huckabee OR click here for Mike Huckabee on other issues.
  • College creates mountains of debt but not lifelong careers. (May 2015)
  • No constitutional authority for Department of Education. (May 2015)
  • School choice for all: public or private for all kids. (May 2015)
  • Some homeschooled kids are the most successful kids. (May 2015)
  • I'm against Common Core; it differs from its original intent. (Jan 2015)
  • Common Core morphed into a frankenstandard that I oppose. (Jan 2015)
  • 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)
Bobby Jindal on Education
Republican Governor; previously Representative (LA-1)
Click here for 21 full quotes by Bobby Jindal OR click here for Bobby Jindal on other issues.
  • If it's not about student achievement, what's it about? (Jun 2015)
  • Money follows the child, instead of child following money. (Jun 2015)
  • Shrink Dept. of Education, and reduce its power. (Jun 2015)
  • Teach kids the best science; but no comment on evolution. (Sep 2014)
  • Local control instead of Common Core. (Sep 2014)
  • I am for standards, but against Common Core. (Jun 2014)
  • Supported Common Core initially; now opposes it. (Jun 2014)
  • $141M more to train students for the jobs of the future. (Mar 2014)
  • Fight to give parents choices in schools. (Mar 2014)
  • For school choice & tenure reform. (Feb 2014)
  • 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)
John Kasich on Education
Republican Governor; previously Representative (OH-12); 2000 candidate for President
Click here for 18 full quotes by John Kasich OR click here for John Kasich on other issues.
  • $120 million student debt relief fund; plus online college. (Feb 2015)
  • Daughters attend a Christian school. (Jun 2010)
  • Bible stories are historical facts. (Jun 2010)
  • Did earth come about on its own? Evidence says No. (Jun 2010)
  • Our broken public school system is beyond fixing. (May 2006)
  • Competition is what's missing from public school monopoly. (May 2006)
  • Not enough money for public schools? Aw, give me a break!. (May 2006)
  • Send 95% of federal funds to classrooms. (May 1999)
  • Redirect AmeriCorps funds to college and mentoring. (May 1999)
  • Teach character in public school classrooms. (May 1999)
  • More after-school programs with federal plus local funding. (May 1999)

    School Choice

  • Empower local people instead of bureaucrats. (May 1999)
  • Create competition in public schools. (May 1999)
  • Tax money for entrepreneurial private schools. (Apr 1999)
  • 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 a Constitutional Amendment for school prayer. (May 1997)
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 7 full quotes by Martin O`Malley OR click here for Martin O`Malley on other issues.
  • Allow refinancing college loans & income-based repayments. (Jun 2015)
  • Encourage more public charter schools. (Feb 2015)
  • Tax credits for contributions to private & parochial schools. (Feb 2015)
  • 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 72 full quotes by Barack Obama OR click here for Barack Obama on other issues.
  • Lower the cost of community college to zero. (Jan 2015)
  • 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)
  • Race to the Top: 46 states competed for creative reform. (Oct 2005)
  • 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)
  • OpEd: Study visas for foreigners means brain drain abroad. (Jan 2011)
  • 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)
George Pataki on Education
Republican NY Governor
Click here for 6 full quotes by George Pataki OR click here for George Pataki on other issues.
  • Common Core is a horrible idea. (Jun 2015)
  • Expand charter schools throughout the state. (Jan 2006)
  • Fund charter schools as independent non-profit entities. (Jun 2001)
  • Focus educational resources to help those with greatest need. (Jul 2001)
  • Require state standards, regular assessments, and sanctions. (Jul 2001)
  • Support Ed-Flex: more flexibility if more accountable. (Jul 2001)
Rand Paul on Education
Click here for 8 full quotes by Rand Paul OR click here for Rand Paul on other issues.
  • Don't constrict kids to one-size-fits-all Common Core. (Apr 2015)
  • Charters & flexibility instead of federal one-size-fits-all. (Jan 2015)
  • Washington-based metrics stifle new ideas & innovation. (Oct 2013)
  • Why tax federally to send money back to local schools? (Oct 2013)
  • Federal student loans are ok, if within spending limits. (Apr 2013)
  • Allow school choice for everyone, white, brown, or black. (Feb 2013)
  • No Child Left Behind is federal takeover of schools. (Feb 2012)
  • Support homeschooling and parental responsibility. (Jul 2010)
Rick Perry on Education
Republican Governor (TX)
Click here for 17 full quotes by Rick Perry OR click here for Rick Perry on other issues.
  • Supported homeschooling; and scholarships for choice. (Jun 2015)
  • Supported Texas dropping out of Common Core. (Jun 2015)
  • 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)
Marco Rubio on Education
Click here for 25 full quotes by Marco Rubio OR click here for Marco Rubio on other issues.
  • Common Core will convert from suggestions to mandate. (Aug 2015)
  • Too many 4-year college grads; focus on vocational careers. (Apr 2015)
  • Private lenders get percentage of student's income. (Feb 2015)
  • Professor of political science at Florida International U. (Feb 2015)
  • Outdated educational systems must be updated to meet needs. (Jan 2015)
  • The poor benefit most from parental choice in education. (Jan 2015)
  • Turn over Head Start to states. (Jan 2014)
  • 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)
  • Supports No-Child-Left-Behind Opportunity Scholarships. (Nov 2010)
  • Supports No Child Left Behind Opportunity Scholarships. (Nov 2010)
  • 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)
Bernie Sanders on Education
Socialist Jr Senator; previously Representative (VT-At-Large)
Click here for 19 full quotes by Bernie Sanders OR click here for Bernie Sanders on other issues.
  • $18B to fund two years free tuition at state colleges. (Apr 2015)
  • College loan repayment is regressive; refinance & forgive. (Apr 2015)
  • Quality affordable education, from child care to higher ed. (Mar 2015)
  • Make college affordable for everyone. (Jan 2015)
  • 1976: produced educational filmstrips on New England history. (Jun 1997)
  • Voted YES on additional $10.2B for federal education & HHS projects. (Oct 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)
  • Voted NO on allowing school prayer during the War on Terror. (Nov 2001)
  • Voted YES on requiring states to test students. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on allowing vouchers in DC schools. (Aug 1998)
  • Voted NO on vouchers for private & parochial schools. (Nov 1997)
  • Voted NO on giving federal aid only to schools allowing voluntary prayer. (Mar 1994)
  • Reduce class size to 18 children in grades 1 to 3. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 83% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
  • $25B to renovate or repair elementary schools. (Sep 2011)
  • Sponsored extending subsidized federal student loan rates until 2015. (Apr 2013)
  • Make employee educational assistance tax-deductible. (Jan 1993)
  • Don't count combat pay against free school lunch. (Mar 2009)
Rick Santorum on Education
Republican Jr Senator (PA); 2012 presidential frontrunner
Click here for 34 full quotes by Rick Santorum OR click here for Rick Santorum on other issues.
  • Reform education; only 30% get college degrees. (Jan 2015)
  • Governments running our local schools is a bad idea. (Apr 2014)
  • Schools with collective bargaining are worse for students. (Apr 2014)
  • The Bible is at the heart of Western civilization. (Apr 2014)
  • Common Core is another version of mass-produced education. (Apr 2014)
  • 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)
Jill Stein on Education
Green Party presidential nominee; Former Challenger for MA Governor
Click here for 19 full quotes by Jill Stein OR click here for Jill Stein on other issues.
  • Common Core empowers contractors over teachers. (Jul 2015)
  • Charter schools assault the treasure of our public schools. (Jul 2015)
  • End high stakes testing. (Jun 2015)
  • Mobilize to simply keep public education in existence. (Feb 2015)
  • Bail out the students instead of bailing out the banks. (Oct 2012)
  • Supports evolution; supports sex education. (May 2012)
  • Establish basic right to free college education. (Jan 2012)
  • Students are on the receiving end of generational injustice. (Jan 2012)
  • College loans trap students in financial prison of debt. (Jan 2012)
  • Right to a tuition-free public education, pre-K thru college. (Jan 2012)
  • Focus on student needs, not corporate needs. (Dec 2011)
  • Move school decisions from national to grassroots level. (Dec 2011)
  • Charter school siphon resources from public schools. (Dec 2011)
  • Opposes teacher-led prayer in public schools. (Dec 2011)
  • Vital public system under attack from privatization. (Sep 2010)
  • Stop blaming teachers for "underperforming schools". (Sep 2010)
  • Standardized tests are misused; they hurt students. (Sep 2010)
  • No economic barriers to quality college education. (Sep 2010)
  • Boost public schools, and hold them accountable. (Oct 2002)
Donald Trump on Education
2000 Reform Primary Challenger for President
Click here for 8 full quotes by Donald Trump OR click here for Donald Trump on other issues.
  • Common Core is a disaster. (Jun 2015)
  • Cut the Department of Education way, way down. (Jun 2015)
  • Founded Trump University to teach the art of deal-making. (Jun 2015)
  • Opposes Common Core. (Feb 2015)
  • 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)
Scott Walker on Education
Click here for 13 full quotes by Scott Walker OR click here for Scott Walker on other issues.
  • Tuition cap on University of Wisconsin; then reform tenure. (Mar 2015)
  • Politicians shouldn't be involved with evolution. (Feb 2015)
  • High school football is ok if practiced responsibly. (Feb 2015)
  • Choose schools based on objective info, not Common Core. (Jan 2015)
  • Over past 4 years, graduation rates & ACT scores are up. (Jan 2015)
  • Liberate schools from the grip of the unions. (Nov 2013)
  • Schools should choose teachers based on merit, not seniority. (Nov 2013)
  • Breaking union monopoly saved schools $10M. (Nov 2013)
  • Expand options at charter schools and choice schools. (Nov 2013)
  • Expand school choice from Milwaukee statewide. (Nov 2013)
  • Expand vouchers statewide for low-income families. (Nov 2013)
  • UW FlexOption: family-friendly flexible degree program. (Jan 2013)
  • Supports charter schools and choice, not one-size-fits-all. (Sep 2010)
James Webb on Education
Democratic Sr Senator
Click here for 2 full quotes by James Webb OR click here for James Webb on other issues.
  • Public education levels the playing field. (May 2006)
  • Voted YES on additional $10.2B for federal education & HHS projects. (Oct 2007)

                                                                                                                                                                               
  


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