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Allen Buckley on Education

2004 former Libertarian Senate challenger (GA)


The more locally K-12 education is handled, the better

Q: What role do you think the federal government should play in preparing K-12 students for the science and technology driven 21st Century?

A: While I believe education is incredibly important, with the exception of providing low interest rate loans for college, I don't believe education should be part of the role of the federal government. The more locally K-12 education is handled, the better.

Source: 2008 Senate questionnaire by SEA & 18 science organizations Sep 9, 2008

Against vouchers but for local control

Q: A stance on vouchers? Ok to use at private schools? At parochial schools?

A: I'm against vouchers and I'm for elimination of the U.S. Department of Education. I think that, the more local public school can be made, the better.

Source: E-mail exchange between Mr. Buckley and OnTheIssues.org Jun 28, 2004

Allow moment of silence in public schools

Q: Your opinion on Permit Prayer in Public Schools?

A: A moment of silence (to do whatever the student desires) is fine.

Source: E-mail exchange between Mr. Buckley and OnTheIssues.org Jun 25, 2004

Test scores have not improved despite federal intervention

Given that test scores haven't improved since the Department of Education was created in 1979, dismantle the federal Department of Education.
Source: E-mail exchange between Mr. Buckley and OnTheIssues.org Jun 11, 2004

Dismantle the federal Department of Education

Education should be handled by state and local governments and private institutions, without intervention from the federal government. The current education system is not working well, at least not for Georgia. (Georgia is ranked 50 out of 50 states.) The Bush Administration's "No Child Left Behind" program has been utilized by only approximately 2% of eligible children. Many school systems have opted out, deciding that the costs exceed the benefits.

Education has not improved in the U.S. since the advent of the Department of Education in 1979. Under the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution, the power to oversee education is reserved to the states. The State, not the Federal Government, should deal with this matter. The current annual budget of the Department of Education is approximately $63 Billion. The cost breaks down to approximately $500 per full-time working person. Accordingly, the U.S. Department of Education should be dismantled.

Source: Campaign website, www.BuckleyForSenate.org, "Views" May 18, 2004

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Johnny Isakson
Josh Lanier
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Saxby Chambliss
Vernon Jones


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Wayne Allard(R,CO)
Larry Craig(R,ID)
Pete Domenici(R,NM)
Chuck Hagel(R,NE)
Trent Lott(R,MS)
Craig Thomas(R,WY)
John Warner(R,VA)

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