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Jan Brewer on Education
Republican Governor: Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Jan Brewer on other issues.
  • Performance-based funding plan, instead of attendance-based. (Jan 2013)
  • We lead in school choice: district, private, or charter. (Jan 2010)
  • Supports education vouchers for public or private school. (Aug 2010)
Doug Ducey on Education
Republican Gubernatorial Nominee: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Doug Ducey on other issues.
  • Option to get kids out of failing schools. (Aug 2014)
Fred DuVal on Education
Democratic Gubernatorial Challenger : Click here for the full quote OR click here for Fred DuVal on other issues.
  • Invest early in education; start with all-day kindergarten. (Jul 2014)
Phil Gordon on Education
Mayor of Phoenix: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Phil Gordon on other issues.
  • City must partner with schools to assure excellence. (Mar 2011)
JL Mealer on Education
Independent for Governor: Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for JL Mealer on other issues.
  • All curriculum via local mandates. (Jan 2012)
  • School prayer is ok, but not if at all mandatory. (Sep 2011)
  • Supports choosing schools via vouchers. (Sep 2011)

Senate:

AZ 2012: 2012 Arizona Senate debate


Richard Carmona on Education
Democratic Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Richard Carmona on other issues.
  • Reinvest $1 billion cut from our schools. (Mar 2012)
Jeff Flake on Education
Republican Representative (AZ-6); Senate challenger: Click here for 11 full quotes OR click here for Jeff Flake on other issues.
  • Long-time advocate for charters & school choice. (Jul 2011)
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the DC opportunity scholarship program. (Mar 2011)
  • Voted NO on $40B for green public schools. (May 2009)
  • Voted NO on additional $10.2B for federal education & HHS projects. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted YES on allowing Courts to decide on "God" in Pledge of Allegiance. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted NO on $84 million in grants for Black and Hispanic colleges. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted YES on allowing school prayer during the War on Terror. (Nov 2001)
  • Voted NO on requiring states to test students. (May 2001)
  • Abolish the federal Department of Education. (Dec 2000)
  • Rated 17% by the NEA, indicating anti-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Supports a Constitutional Amendment for school prayer. (May 1997)
Jon Kyl on Education
Republican Jr Senator (AZ; retiring 2012): Click here for 15 full quotes OR click here for Jon Kyl on other issues.
  • Voted NO on additional $10.2B for federal education & HHS projects. (Oct 2007)
  • Voted NO on $52M for "21st century community learning centers". (Oct 2005)
  • Voted NO on $5B for grants to local educational agencies. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted NO on shifting $11B from corporate tax loopholes to education. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted NO on funding smaller classes instead of private tutors. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on funding student testing instead of private tutors. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on spending $448B of tax cut on education & debt reduction. (Apr 2001)
  • Voted YES on Educational Savings Accounts. (Mar 2000)
  • Voted YES on allowing more flexibility in federal school rules. (Mar 1999)
  • Voted YES on education savings accounts. (Jun 1998)
  • Voted YES on school vouchers in DC. (Sep 1997)
  • Voted YES on $75M for abstinence education. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted YES on giving federal aid only to schools allowing voluntary prayer. (Mar 1994)
  • Rated 18% by the NEA, indicating anti-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Make employee educational assistance tax-deductible. (Jan 1993)
John McCain on Education
Republican nominee for President; Senior Senator (AZ): Click here for 59 full quotes OR click here for John McCain on other issues.
  • Achieved equality in schools; but failing schools don’t help. (Oct 2008)
  • I want schools to answer to parents and students. (Sep 2008)
  • Pay bonuses to teachers in the most troubled schools. (Jul 2008)
  • Target funding to recruit top graduates as teachers. (Jul 2008)
  • Direct $750 million to build virtual schools. (Jul 2008)
  • Give parents easier access to obtain help for their children. (Jul 2008)
  • Shake up failed school bureaucracies with competition. (Jun 2008)
  • View has evolved on intelligent design vs. evolution. (Mar 2008)
  • Endorses teaching intelligent design in schools. (Oct 2007)
  • Teaching creationism should be decided by school districts. (Jun 2007)
  • Believes in evolution, but sees the hand of God in nature. (May 2007)
  • Against nationally imposed standards & funding strings. (Feb 2000)
  • Teach virtues in all schools. (Dec 1999)
  • Enlist retirees for tutoring. (Nov 1999)
  • Good teachers should earn more than bad lawyers. (Oct 1999)
  • Decisions on teaching evolution should be made locally. (Aug 1999)
  • Help unqualified teachers find other lines of work. (Jul 1999)
  • Supports tax-free savings accounts for education expenses. (Jul 1999)
  • Supports “Reading Excellence”; and rewarding good schools. (Jul 1999)
  • Supports at-risk programs; homeless ed.; anti-drop-out ed. (Jul 1999)
  • Internet access, with filters, at every school & library. (Jun 1999)
  • Merit pay & competency testing for teachers. (Jun 1999)
  • Ed-ACT Bill: college plans; language proficiency. (May 1999)

    School Choice

  • Vouchers in DC work; parents wait in line for them. (Oct 2008)
  • Vouchers and school choice for all. (Jul 2008)
  • Offer more choices to those who wish to become teachers. (Jul 2008)
  • Place parents & children at the center of education. (Feb 2008)
  • We need more choice and competition in education. (Dec 2007)
  • Charters, homeschooling, & vouchers are key to success. (Dec 2007)
  • Local charters are the best Arizona schools. (Mar 2000)
  • Let states decide if they link vouchers to student testing. (Feb 2000)
  • Use sugar, oil, and ethanol subsidies to finance vouchers. (Jan 2000)
  • Tax breaks for charters - not from public school funds. (Dec 1999)
  • Vouchers & charters will improve our school system. (Oct 1999)
  • Nationwide test of school vouchers. (Sep 1999)
  • $5B program for 3-year test of school vouchers. (Jul 1999)
  • Tax-funded vouchers for private schools or charter schools. (Jun 1999)
  • Shift policy-making from bureaucrats to parents. (May 1999)
  • Vouchers needed where teachers fail. (May 1999)
  • Vouchers for any schools; more charter schools. (Jul 1998)

    Voting Record

  • Unrestricted block grants--let states decide spending. (Feb 2000)
  • Voted NO on $52M for "21st century community learning centers". (Oct 2005)
  • Voted NO on $5B for grants to local educational agencies. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted NO on shifting $11B from corporate tax loopholes to education. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted NO on funding smaller classes instead of private tutors. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on funding student testing instead of private tutors. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on spending $448B of tax cut on education & debt reduction. (Apr 2001)
  • Voted YES on declaring memorial prayers and religious symbols OK at schools. (May 1999)
  • Voted YES on allowing more flexibility in federal school rules. (Mar 1999)
  • Voted YES on education savings accounts. (Jun 1998)
  • Voted YES on school vouchers in DC. (Sep 1997)
  • Voted YES on $75M for abstinence education. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted YES on requiring schools to allow voluntary prayer. (Jul 1994)
  • Voted NO on national education standards. (Feb 1994)
  • Focus educational resources to help those with greatest need. (Jul 2001)
  • Require state standards, regular assessments, and sanctions. (Jul 2001)
  • Support Ed-Flex: more flexibility if more accountable. (Jul 2001)
  • Rated 45% by the NEA, indicating a mixed record on public education. (Dec 2003)

House:


Ron Barber on Education
Democrat (District 2): Click here for Ron Barber on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Trent Franks on Education
Republican Representative (AZ-2): Click here for 8 full quotes OR click here for Trent Franks on other issues.
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the DC opportunity scholarship program. (Mar 2011)
  • Voted NO on $40B for green public schools. (May 2009)
  • Voted NO on additional $10.2B for federal education & HHS projects. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted NO on allowing Courts to decide on "God" in Pledge of Allegiance. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted NO on $84 million in grants for Black and Hispanic colleges. (Mar 2006)
  • Rated 17% by the NEA, indicating anti-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
  • $110M per year to teach abstinence in public schools. (Jul 2013)
  • Denounce the Common Core State Standards. (Feb 2014)
Paul Gosar on Education
Republican (District 4): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Paul Gosar on other issues.
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the DC opportunity scholarship program. (Mar 2011)
  • Denounce the Common Core State Standards. (Feb 2014)
Raul Grijalva on Education
Democratic Representative (AZ-7): Click here for 10 full quotes OR click here for Raul Grijalva on other issues.
  • Increase federal share of funding for public schools. (Oct 2002)
  • Voted NO on reauthorizing the DC opportunity scholarship program. (Mar 2011)
  • Voted YES on $40B for green public schools. (May 2009)
  • Voted YES on additional $10.2B for federal education & HHS projects. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted NO on allowing Courts to decide on "God" in Pledge of Allegiance. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted YES on $84 million in grants for Black and Hispanic colleges. (Mar 2006)
  • Rated 92% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
  • $25B to renovate or repair elementary schools. (Sep 2011)
  • Comprehensive sex ed for sexually-active adolescents. (Feb 2013)
  • Sponsored extending subsidized federal student loan rates until 2015. (Apr 2013)
Ann Kirkpatrick on Education
Democrat (District 1): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Ann Kirkpatrick on other issues.
  • Voted YES on $40B for green public schools. (May 2009)
David Schweikert on Education
Republican (District 6): Click here for the full quote OR click here for David Schweikert on other issues.
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the DC opportunity scholarship program. (Mar 2011)
Kyrsten Sinema on Education
Democrat (District 9): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Kyrsten Sinema on other issues.
  • Fight "back door" voucher programs. (Nov 2012)
  • Encourage women to study science, math, and engineering. (Jul 2009)

Former candidates & officeholders:


Janet Napolitano-Gov on Education
Former Democratic Governor; now in Cabinet: Click here for Janet Napolitano-Gov on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Frank Riggs on Education
Republican Gubernatorial Challenger : Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Frank Riggs on other issues.
  • Voted YES on allowing vouchers in DC schools. (Aug 1998)
  • Voted YES on vouchers for private & parochial schools. (Nov 1997)
  • Supports a Constitutional Amendment for school prayer. (May 1997)
Don Bivens on Education
Former Democratic Challenger (2012): Click here for Don Bivens on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Bryan Hackbarth on Education
Republican Challenger (lost 2012 primary): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Bryan Hackbarth on other issues.
  • Invest in education; especially qualified teachers. (Jan 2012)
David Ruben on Education
Democratic Challenger (lost 2012 primary): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for David Ruben on other issues.
  • Separate religion and publicly funded education. (May 2012)
  • I support choice in public education. (May 2012)
Jeff Flake on Education
Republican Representative (AZ-6); Senate challenger: Click here for 11 full quotes OR click here for Jeff Flake on other issues.
  • Long-time advocate for charters & school choice. (Jul 2011)
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the DC opportunity scholarship program. (Mar 2011)
  • Voted NO on $40B for green public schools. (May 2009)
  • Voted NO on additional $10.2B for federal education & HHS projects. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted YES on allowing Courts to decide on "God" in Pledge of Allegiance. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted NO on $84 million in grants for Black and Hispanic colleges. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted YES on allowing school prayer during the War on Terror. (Nov 2001)
  • Voted NO on requiring states to test students. (May 2001)
  • Abolish the federal Department of Education. (Dec 2000)
  • Rated 17% by the NEA, indicating anti-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Supports a Constitutional Amendment for school prayer. (May 1997)
Gabby Giffords on Education
Democrat: Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Gabby Giffords on other issues.
  • Improve our public schools. (Nov 2006)
  • Voted YES on $40B for green public schools. (May 2009)
  • Voted YES on additional $10.2B for federal education & HHS projects. (Nov 2007)
Ed Pastor on Education
Democratic Representative (AZ-4): Click here for 12 full quotes OR click here for Ed Pastor on other issues.
  • Voted NO on reauthorizing the DC opportunity scholarship program. (Mar 2011)
  • Voted YES on $40B for green public schools. (May 2009)
  • Voted YES on additional $10.2B for federal education & HHS projects. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted YES on allowing Courts to decide on "God" in Pledge of Allegiance. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted YES on $84 million in grants for Black and Hispanic colleges. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted NO on allowing school prayer during the War on Terror. (Nov 2001)
  • Voted YES on requiring states to test students. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on allowing vouchers in DC schools. (Aug 1998)
  • Voted NO on vouchers for private & parochial schools. (Nov 1997)
  • Voted NO on giving federal aid only to schools allowing voluntary prayer. (Mar 1994)
  • Rated 100% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Make employee educational assistance tax-deductible. (Jan 1993)
Ben Quayle on Education
Republican (lost 2012 primary) (District 3): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Ben Quayle on other issues.
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the DC opportunity scholarship program. (Mar 2011)
Matt Salmon on Education
Republican (District 5): Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Matt Salmon on other issues.
  • Voted YES on allowing vouchers in DC schools. (Aug 1998)
  • Voted YES on vouchers for private & parochial schools. (Nov 1997)
  • Denounce the Common Core State Standards. (Feb 2014)
Jane Dee Hull on Education
Former Republican Governor (1997-2002): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Jane Dee Hull on other issues.
  • Students FIRST: Build more schools; maintain existing ones. (Jan 2001)
  • Supports Prop. 301, raising taxes for use in schools. (Jan 2001)
J.D. Hayworth on Education
Republican (until 2007) (District 6): Click here for 9 full quotes OR click here for J.D. Hayworth on other issues.
  • Voted NO on allowing Courts to decide on "God" in Pledge of Allegiance. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted NO on $84 million in grants for Black and Hispanic colleges. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted YES on allowing school prayer during the War on Terror. (Nov 2001)
  • Voted YES on requiring states to test students. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on allowing vouchers in DC schools. (Aug 1998)
  • Voted YES on vouchers for private & parochial schools. (Nov 1997)
  • Abolish the federal Department of Education. (Dec 2000)
  • Rated 17% by the NEA, indicating anti-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Supports a Constitutional Amendment for school prayer. (May 1997)
J.D. Hayworth on Education
2010 Republican challenger; previously US Representative: Click here for 9 full quotes OR click here for J.D. Hayworth on other issues.
  • Voted NO on allowing Courts to decide on "God" in Pledge of Allegiance. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted NO on $84 million in grants for Black and Hispanic colleges. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted YES on allowing school prayer during the War on Terror. (Nov 2001)
  • Voted YES on requiring states to test students. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on allowing vouchers in DC schools. (Aug 1998)
  • Voted YES on vouchers for private & parochial schools. (Nov 1997)
  • Abolish the federal Department of Education. (Dec 2000)
  • Rated 17% by the NEA, indicating anti-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Supports a Constitutional Amendment for school prayer. (May 1997)
Stuart Starky on Education
2004 former Democrat challenger; also ran for Senate in '00: Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Stuart Starky on other issues.
  • More teacher resources-end war against public schools. (Oct 2004)
  • No Child Left Behind shifts tax dollars into private schools. (Oct 2004)
  • Teachers must fight back against Bush. (Aug 2004)
  • Additional funding for Master Teachers. (Jul 2002)
Bob Stump on Education
Former GOP (until 2010) (District 3): Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Bob Stump on other issues.
  • Voted NO on requiring states to test students. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on allowing vouchers in DC schools. (Aug 1998)
  • Voted YES on vouchers for private & parochial schools. (Nov 1997)
  • Voted YES on giving federal aid only to schools allowing voluntary prayer. (Mar 1994)
Rudy Garcia on Education
2010 Democratic challenger (lost primary); previously Mayor: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Rudy Garcia on other issues.
  • Vouchers for public schools ok, but not private schools. (Mar 2010)
Rodney Glassman on Education
2010 Democratic Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Rodney Glassman on other issues.
  • Reward great teachers who will make a difference. (Mar 2010)
Jim Kolbe on Education
Republican (District 5): Click here for 14 full quotes OR click here for Jim Kolbe on other issues.
  • Voted YES on allowing Courts to decide on "God" in Pledge of Allegiance. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted NO on $84 million in grants for Black and Hispanic colleges. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted YES on allowing school prayer during the War on Terror. (Nov 2001)
  • Voted YES on requiring states to test students. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on allowing vouchers in DC schools. (Aug 1998)
  • Voted YES on vouchers for private & parochial schools. (Nov 1997)
  • Voted YES on giving federal aid only to schools allowing voluntary prayer. (Mar 1994)
  • Let schools display the words "God Bless America". (Oct 2001)
  • Supports requiring schools to allow prayer. (Jan 2001)
  • Focus educational resources to help those with greatest need. (Jul 2001)
  • Require state standards, regular assessments, and sanctions. (Jul 2001)
  • Support Ed-Flex: more flexibility if more accountable. (Jul 2001)
  • Rated 17% by the NEA, indicating anti-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Make employee educational assistance tax-deductible. (Jan 1993)
Harry Mitchell on Education
Democrat: Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Harry Mitchell on other issues.
  • More funding for NCLD and IDEA. (Nov 2006)
  • Voted YES on $40B for green public schools. (May 2009)
  • Voted YES on additional $10.2B for federal education & HHS projects. (Nov 2007)
Jim Pederson on Education
Democratic challenger, state party chair: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Jim Pederson on other issues.
  • Public education invests in our children & our futures. (May 2006)
Rick Renzi on Education
Republican Representative (AZ-1): Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Rick Renzi on other issues.
  • Voted NO on additional $10.2B for federal education & HHS projects. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted NO on allowing Courts to decide on "God" in Pledge of Allegiance. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted NO on $84 million in grants for Black and Hispanic colleges. (Mar 2006)
  • Rated 17% by the NEA, indicating anti-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
John Shadegg on Education
Republican Representative (AZ-3): Click here for 10 full quotes OR click here for John Shadegg on other issues.
  • Voted NO on $40B for green public schools. (May 2009)
  • Voted NO on additional $10.2B for federal education & HHS projects. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted NO on allowing Courts to decide on "God" in Pledge of Allegiance. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted NO on $84 million in grants for Black and Hispanic colleges. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted YES on allowing school prayer during the War on Terror. (Nov 2001)
  • Voted NO on requiring states to test students. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on allowing vouchers in DC schools. (Aug 1998)
  • Voted YES on vouchers for private & parochial schools. (Nov 1997)
  • Abolish the federal Department of Education. (Dec 2000)
  • Rated 8% by the NEA, indicating anti-public education votes. (Dec 2003)

                                                                                                                                                                               
  


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