Mark Dayton on Education
Former Democratic Jr Senator (MN, 2001-2007)
Dayton labeled the notion that the state has been significantly increasing school funding and that the money in some cases has been wasted “the Big Lie.” The state’s share of school funding had been going down in recent years, so, as might be expected, property taxes had to increase, he said.
A: I am a strong supporter of public education. While I support charter schools and open enrollment, I am opposed to vouchers. Families should be free to send their children to private schools, but their non-public choices should not be subsidized by other taxpayers. The public school system is our best hope for social progress.
The National Education Association has a long, proud history as the nation's leading organization committed to advancing the cause of public education. Founded in 1857 "to elevate the character and advance the interests of the profession of teaching and to promote the cause of popular education in the United States," the NEA has remained constant in its commitment to its original mission as evidenced by the current mission statement:
To fulfill the promise of a democratic society, the National Education Association shall promote the cause of quality public education and advance the profession of education; expand the rights and further the interest of educational employees; and advocate human, civil, and economic rights for all.In pursuing its mission, the NEA has determined that it will focus the energy and resources of its 2.7 million members toward the "promotion of public confidence in public education." The ratings are based on the votes the organization considered most important; the numbers reflect the percentage of time the representative voted the organization's preferred position.
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