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Jeff Bell on Education

 

 


End federal involvement in education

Question topic: The federal government should establish nationwide standards (such as Common Core) for high-school graduation.

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

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 New Jersey Senate race , Sep 30, 2014

Expand school choice via Education Savings Accounts

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Vouchers for school choice"?

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.

Source: Email interview for 2014 N.J. Senate race with OnTheIssues , Jul 1, 2014

I support prayer in schools

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Keep God in the public sphere"?

A: I support prayer in schools and public displays of religion.

Source: Email interview for 2014 N.J. Senate race with OnTheIssues , Jul 1, 2014

Expand school choice through vouchers and credits

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.

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.

Source: 2014 Senate campaign website, Bell2014.com, "Issues" , May 2, 2014

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