Jeff Bell on Education
Bell: Strongly Disagree.
Question topic: Briefly list political or legislative issues of most concern to you.
Bell: Ending the federal government's involvement in education, starting with Common Core
A: The opportunity for a quality education should not depend on where a child lives. That's why programs to expand school choice, through vouchers and tax credits, have been worthwhile for those states that have done it. However, I believe Education Savings Accounts as pioneered by the Goldwater Institute in Arizona make the most sense as the appropriate vehicle for school choice. These provide parents with a pre-funded account (for Arizona, it's 90% of average student spending) to can be used to not only purchase tuition, but also textbooks, education therapies, and tutoring. This provides for a holistic funding mechanism for education where we fund children rather than institutions and spending decisions are in the hands of parents, not bureaucracies.
A: I support prayer in schools and public displays of religion.
I believe Education Savings Accounts make the most sense as the appropriate vehicle for school choice. These provide parents with a pre-funded account (in Arizona, where it was first implemented, it's 90% of average student spending) that can be used to purchase tuition, but also textbooks, education therapies, and tutoring. This provides for a holistic funding mechanism for education where we fund children rather than institutions and spending decisions are in the hands of parents, not bureaucracies.
Education will be at the top of my list of areas from which the federal government needs to withdraw. There should be no further movement to impose national standards, which includes the bogus Common Core curriculum that waters down math and literature.
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