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Gail Lightfoot on Education

2000 Libertarian Challenger for Senate (CA)


STEM education is important for science advancement

Q: How important do you think education and training in science, technology, engineering and mathematics is to U.S. competitiveness and our future economic prosperity?

Lightfoot selected, "Very important."

Lightfoot added, "Rapid advancement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics mean a greater understanding of the same will be needed by individuals in the future. Keeping up will be a challenge that our young people will embrace naturally, given the opportunity."

Source: Your Candidates Your Health profile: 2012 CA Senate debates , Jun 15, 2012

Public schools must be NEUTRAL on religion & prayer

Q: Do you support or oppose teacher-led prayer in public schools?

A: NO. Not all taxpayers want children to pray. Since taxpayers must fund public schools, the schools must be NEUTRAL as to religion and many other things that a private school can teach or endorse. Oppose government schools and prayer in any that exist.

Source: Email interview on 2010 Senate race with OnTheIssues.org , Jul 10, 2010

Vouchers are interim until all government schools closed

Q: Do you support or oppose parents choosing schools via vouchers?

A: YES. There are better ways to encourage life long learning. Those parents who know this need to be able to choose the school (education model) that best suits them and their child's learning style. We need flexibility in education to meet the needs of each individual learner. Support vouchers as an interim measure to closing all government schools.

Source: Email interview on 2010 Senate race with OnTheIssues.org , Jul 10, 2010

Supports parents choosing schools via vouchers

I favor a complete separation of School and State just as the 1st Amendment separates with Church and State. I only favor vouchers with NO strings attached. It is far better to give tax credits to parents, individuals or a business who pays tuition for any student(s).
Source: Email interview on 2000 Senate race with Issues2000.org , Oct 16, 2000

Supports Organized Prayer In Public Schools

Students will and should be allowed to pray in school. Other students will and should be allowed to respectfully decline to participate.
Source: Email interview on 2000 Senate race with Issues2000.org , Oct 16, 2000

Other candidates on Education: Gail Lightfoot on other issues:
CA Gubernatorial:
Antonio Villaraigosa
Jerry Brown
Jerry Sanders
CA Senatorial:
Barbara Boxer
Dianne Feinstein
Elizabeth Emken

CA politicians

Retiring as of Jan. 2013:
AZ:Kyl(R)
CT:Lieberman(D)
HI:Akaka(D)
ME:Snowe(R)
ND:Conrad(D)
NE:Nelson(D)
NM:Bingaman(D)
TX:Hutchison(R)
VA:Webb(D)
WI:Kohl(D)


Senate elections Nov. 2012:
AZ:Flake(R) vs.Hackbarth(R) vs.Carmona(D) vs.Ruben(D) vs.Bivens(D)
CA:Feinstein(D) vs.Emken(R) vs.Lightfoot(L) vs.Taitz(R)
CT:Bysiewicz(D) vs.Murphy(D) vs.Shays(R) vs.McMahon(R)
DE:Carper(D) vs.Wade(R)
FL:Nelson(D) vs.LeMieux(R) vs.Mack(R)
HI:Hirono(D) vs.Case(D) vs.Lingle(R)
IN:Lugar(R) vs.Mourdock(R) vs.Donnelly(D)
MA:Brown(R) vs.Warren(D)
MD:Cardin(D) vs.Bongino(R)
ME:King(I) vs.Dill(D) vs.Summers(R) vs.Dunlap(D) vs.D`Amboise(R) vs.Dunlap(D)
MI:Stabenow(D) vs.Hekman(R) vs.Konetchy(R) vs.Hoekstra(R) vs.Boman(L)
MN:Klobuchar(D) vs.Bills(R) vs.Hernandez(R) vs.Severson(R)
MO:McCaskill(D) vs.Akin(R) vs.Steelman(R) vs.Brunner(R)
MS:Wicker(R) vs.Gore(D)
MT:Tester(D) vs.Rehberg(R)

ND:Heitkamp(D) vs.Berg(R) vs.Sand(R)
NE:Kerrey(D) vs.Fischer(R)
NJ:Menendez(D) vs.Kyrillos(R) vs.Diakos(I) vs.Booker(D)
NM:Heinrich(D) vs.Wilson(R) vs.Balderas(D) vs.Sanchez(R)
NV:Heller(R) vs.Berkley(D)
NY:Gillibrand(D) vs.Noren(I) vs.Maragos(R) vs.Turner(R) vs.Clark(G)
OH:Brown(D) vs.Pryce(R) vs.Mandel(R)
PA:Casey(D) vs.Smith(R) vs.Scaringi(R) vs.Welch(R) vs.<a href='Sam_Rohrer_Education.htm'>Rohrer(R)
RI:Whitehouse(D) vs.Hinckley(R)
TN:Corker(R) vs.Poskevich(R)
TX:Cruz(R) vs.Leppert(R) vs.Dewhurst(R) vs.Sadler(D) vs.Roland(L)
UT:Hatch(R) vs.Howell(D) vs.Liljenquist(R)
VA:Kaine(D) vs.Allen(R) vs.Radtke(R) vs.Marshall(R)
VT:Sanders(I)
WA:Cantwell(D) vs.Baumgartner(R)
WI:Schiess(R) vs.Neumann(R) vs.Thompson(R) vs.Baldwin(D)
WV:Manchin(D) vs.Raese(R)
WY:Barrasso(R)
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