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Mark Warner on Education

Democratic VA Governor


Home-schooling is ok; my sister home-schools her kids

Gilmore accused Warner of describing the Christian Coalition, the National Rifle Association, home-schoolers and antiabortion activists as “threatening to what it means to be a American” during a 1994 speech to the National Jewish Democratic Council.

Warner, who was executive director of the Virginia Democratic Party when those comments were allegedly made, responded by noting that his sister home-schools her children and that he has long had a reputation for being a supporter of gun rights.

Source: 2008 VA Senate debate reported in Washington Post , Sep 2, 2008

2004: 14 of 32 failing schools graduated from NCLB program

The PASS initiative initially included 32 schools that consistently had failed to meet Virginia’s accreditation standards and faced federal school improvement sanctions under the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB). As a result of PASS, 18 of the original PASS schools--the most challenged--became fully accredited. By 2004, 14 of the 32 original PASS schools “graduated” from the program by meeting (NCLB) benchmarks for increased achievement in reading & mathematics for two consecutive year
Source: 2008 Senate campaign website, markwarner2008.com, “Issues” , Mar 9, 2008

2002 PASS initiative included private & faith-based groups

Launched in the summer of 2002, the PASS initiative started with the premise that every school could succeed if given the right tools. The PASS program broke down the competitive barriers between school divisions, and enlisted the private sector in the work of improving achievement for children in low-performing schools. In its first four years, the program raised student achievement in low-performing schools by creating partnerships between schools, communities, businesses, and faith-based group
Source: 2008 Senate campaign website, markwarner2008.com, “Issues” , Mar 9, 2008

Supports Standards of Learning, but not tests

Mark supports high standards and accountability, and Virginia’s new Standards of Learning are meant to provide that. Like any new system, the SOLs need constant oversight and refinement to make sure they are effective. Mark generally supports the existing SOL standards that outline the minimum grade level and subject matter objectives students are expected to learn. He has some concerns about the history and social studies tests.

While Mark supports teachers being accountable for teaching the Standards of Learning, and students being accountable for learning, he knows that often a single test is not the best way to measure such accountability. Mark believes that teachers shouldn’t be held accountable for things they cannot control. Virginia’s standards should be tools to improve the education of our children - not clubs with which to punish schools.

Mark also believes that the SOL system should promote real learning and analytical problem solving skills, not just rote memorization.

Source: Campaign web site, MarkWarner2001.org/issues , Nov 6, 2001

Require character education in public schools

There’s no question that teaching morals and character is the responsibility of parents, first and foremost. But parents need all the help they can get. Our schools should re-enforce the lessons that parents teach by promoting basic values - like tolerance, respect, hard work, and honesty. Mark supported legislation to require character education in Virginia’s public schools, and he’ll make sure Virginia keeps its commitment.
Source: Campaign web site, MarkWarner2001.org/issues , Nov 6, 2001

Involve whole communities in schools

Schools have the special responsibility of equipping young people with the skills they need to succeed. But schools cannot do it alone. Whole communities must be involved, from the groups that run after school activities to the businesses that understand the skills that today’s employers demand. [I support] Communities in Schools, Inc., a nationwide initiative that connects schools with community resources to help people learn, stay in school and prepare for life.
Source: MarkWarner2001.org, “Bringing Virginia Together” , Jan 8, 2001

High-Tech Partnership for Historically Black Colleges

Source: MarkWarner2001.org, “Leaving No One Behind” , Jan 8, 2001

No school prayer amendment

Q: Do you support amending the United States Constitution to allow voluntary prayer and/or moment of silence in public schools?

A: No.

Source: 1996 Congressional National Political Awareness Test , Jul 2, 1996

Supports public schools

Source: Campaign web site, MarkWarner2001.org/issues , Nov 6, 2001

Promote public school competition & choice

Mark believes that competition among public schools can produce some innovative approaches to learning. The fact is many Virginia public school systems offer innovative opportunities for students to learn in alternative environments best suited for them. Public charter schools, magnet schools, alternative schools, and distance learning programs are changing the way Virginia educates our children, and Mark wants to encourage new ideas.
Source: Campaign web site, MarkWarner2001.org/issues , Nov 6, 2001

Other governors on Education: Mark Warner on other issues:
VA Gubernatorial:
Bob McDonnell

Newly seated 2010:
NJ Chris Christie
VA Bob McDonnell

Term-limited as of Jan. 2011:
AL Bob Riley
CA Arnold Schwarzenegger
GA Sonny Perdue
HI Linda Lingle
ME John Baldacci
MI Jennifer Granholm
NM Bill Richardson
OK Brad Henry
OR Ted Kulongoski
PA Ed Rendell
RI Donald Carcieri
SC Mark Sanford
SD Mike Rounds
TN Phil Bredesen
WY Dave Freudenthal
Newly Elected Nov. 2010:
AL: Robert Bentley (R)
CA: Jerry Brown (D)
CO: John Hickenlooper (D)
CT: Dan Malloy (D)
FL: Rick Scott (R)
GA: Nathan Deal (R)
HI: Neil Abercrombie (D)
IA: Terry Branstad (R)
KS: Sam Brownback (R)
ME: Paul LePage (R)
MI: Rick Snyder (R)
MN: Mark Dayton (D)
ND: Jack Dalrymple (R)
NM: Susana Martinez (R)
NV: Brian Sandoval (R)
NY: Andrew Cuomo (D)
OH: John Kasich (R)
OK: Mary Fallin (R)
PA: Tom Corbett (R)
RI: Lincoln Chafee (I)
SC: Nikki Haley (R)
SD: Dennis Daugaard (R)
TN: Bill Haslam (R)
VT: Peter Shumlin (D)
WI: Scott Walker (R)
WY: Matt Mead (R)
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202-224-6295
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Senate Office SR-459A, Washington, DC 20510
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(202) 224-2023

Page last updated: Nov 23, 2011