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Nikki Haley on Education
Republican Governor: Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Nikki Haley on other issues.
  • Make a real investment in our charter schools. (Jan 2012)
  • Educate kids not based on where they happen to live. (Jan 2011)
  • Expand charter schools. (Nov 2010)

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Lee Bright on Education
Republican Challenger: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Lee Bright on other issues.
  • Advocates abolishing the Department of Education. (Oct 2013)
  • Real choice including private schools and home-schooling. (Nov 2012)
Jim DeMint on Education
Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative (SC-4): Click here for 24 full quotes OR click here for Jim DeMint on other issues.
  • Don't use education system to force my values on others. (Sep 2012)
  • Allow states to opt out of No Child Left Behind. (Jan 2012)
  • NCLB should be called "More Children Left behind". (Jan 2012)
  • Government-run schools can't instill morals and character. (Jan 2012)
  • A-PLUS Act: allow states to operate like charter schools. (Jan 2012)
  • Vouchers lead to competition, not re-segregation. (Jan 2012)
  • Devolve education to states without abolishing Department. (Sep 2010)
  • True socialists guard government-run education. (Jul 2009)
  • NCLB: More spending but no appreciable quality improvement. (Jul 2009)
  • Parents are trapped unless they can afford private school. (Jul 2009)
  • 1962 banning of school prayer also banned respect and honor. (Jul 2009)
  • Apply faith; education is not government responsibility. (Jul 2009)
  • A-PLUS Act: step away from federal control via school choice. (Jul 2009)
  • $5,000 per-student voucher to create private investment. (Jul 2009)
  • 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 YES on allowing school prayer during the War on Terror. (Nov 2001)
  • Voted NO on requiring states to test students. (May 2001)
  • Let schools display the words "God Bless America". (Oct 2001)
  • Supports requiring schools to allow prayer. (Jan 2001)
  • Rated 18% by the NEA, indicating anti-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Support the goals and ideals of Charter Schools. (May 2007)
Joyce Dickerson on Education
Democratic Senate Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Joyce Dickerson on other issues.
  • Invest in quality public education. (May 2014)
Lindsey Graham on Education
Republican Sr Senator; previously Representative (SC-3): Click here for 14 full quotes OR click here for Lindsey Graham 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 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)
  • Let schools display the words "God Bless America". (Oct 2001)
  • Supports requiring schools to allow prayer. (Jan 2001)
  • Rated 27% by the NEA, indicating anti-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Sponsored $110M per year to teach abstinence in public schools. (Feb 2013)
  • Sponsored denouncing the Common Core State Standards. (Feb 2014)
  • Supports a Constitutional Amendment for school prayer. (May 1997)
Brad Hutto on Education
Democratic Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Brad Hutto on other issues.
  • Keep state leaders focused like a laser beam on our schools. (Jun 2014)
Nancy Mace on Education
Republican Senate challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Nancy Mace on other issues.
  • Strongly supports educational choice. (Nov 2013)
Thomas Ravenel on Education
Republican Senate challenger: Click here for Thomas Ravenel on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Tim Scott on Education
Republican Senator-Appointee: Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Tim Scott on other issues.
  • Kids, not unions, should be focus of our public education. (Mar 2014)
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the DC opportunity scholarship program. (Mar 2011)
  • Denounce the Common Core State Standards. (Feb 2014)
Jay Stamper on Education
Republican Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Jay Stamper on other issues.
  • I believe that evolution is real. (Dec 2013)
Rick Wade on Education
Democratic Senate Challenger: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Rick Wade on other issues.
  • All 6 siblings attended public schools. (Dec 2013)
  • Vision for S.C. focused on education and jobs. (Aug 2013)

House:


James Clyburn on Education
Democratic Representative (SC-6): Click here for 13 full quotes OR click here for James Clyburn 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 YES 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)
  • Reduce class size to 18 children in grades 1 to 3. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 100% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Sponsored 10/10 Loan Forgiveness: cancel college loans after 10 years. (Mar 2013)
Elizabeth Colbert-Busch on Education
Democrat (District 1): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Elizabeth Colbert-Busch on other issues.
  • Portfolio of public options: magnet, charter, Montessori. (Apr 2013)
  • Quality public education is the key to our future. (Apr 2013)
Jeff Duncan on Education
Republican (District 3): Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Jeff Duncan on other issues.
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the DC opportunity scholarship program. (Mar 2011)
  • $110M per year to teach abstinence in public schools. (Feb 2013)
  • Sponsored denouncing the Common Core State Standards. (Feb 2014)
Trey Gowdy on Education
Republican (District 4): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Trey Gowdy on other issues.
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the DC opportunity scholarship program. (Mar 2011)
  • $110M per year to teach abstinence in public schools. (Jul 2013)
Mick Mulvaney on Education
Republican (District 5): Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Mick Mulvaney on other issues.
  • Repeal No Child Left Behind. (Nov 2010)
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the DC opportunity scholarship program. (Mar 2011)
  • Denounce the Common Core State Standards. (Feb 2014)
Tom Rice on Education
Republican (District 7): Click here for Tom Rice on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Mark Sanford on Education
Republican SC Governor; previously Representative (SC-1): Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for Mark Sanford on other issues.
  • Supports merit pay for teachers. (Nov 2006)
  • Endorses teacher-led prayer & displaying Ten Commandments. (Nov 2002)
  • 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)
Tim Scott on Education
Republican (Appointed Senator) (District 1): Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Tim Scott on other issues.
  • Kids, not unions, should be focus of our public education. (Mar 2014)
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the DC opportunity scholarship program. (Mar 2011)
  • Denounce the Common Core State Standards. (Feb 2014)
Joe Wilson on Education
Republican Representative (SC-2): Click here for 8 full quotes OR click here for Joe Wilson 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 10% by the NEA, indicating anti-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
  • $110M per year to teach abstinence in public schools. (Mar 2013)
  • Denounce the Common Core State Standards. (Feb 2014)

Former candidates & officeholders:


Mark Sanford on Education
Republican SC Governor; previously Representative (SC-1): Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for Mark Sanford on other issues.
  • Supports merit pay for teachers. (Nov 2006)
  • Endorses teacher-led prayer & displaying Ten Commandments. (Nov 2002)
  • 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)
Jim Hodges on Education
Former Democratic Governor (1999-2002): Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Jim Hodges on other issues.
  • $10M more for preschools. (Jan 2001)
  • Sales tax holiday for back-to-school items. (Jan 2001)
  • Improve and invest in public schools. (Aug 2001)
David Beasley on Education
2004 former Republican challenger; former Governor: Click here for David Beasley on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Fritz Hollings on Education
Former Democratic Sr Senator; retired 2004: Click here for 11 full quotes OR click here for Fritz Hollings on other issues.
  • Voted YES on funding smaller classes instead of private tutors. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on funding student testing instead of private tutors. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on spending $448B of tax cut on education & debt reduction. (Apr 2001)
  • Voted NO on Educational Savings Accounts. (Mar 2000)
  • Voted NO on allowing more flexibility in federal school rules. (Mar 1999)
  • Voted NO on education savings accounts. (Jun 1998)
  • Voted NO on school vouchers in DC. (Sep 1997)
  • Voted NO on $75M for abstinence education. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted YES on requiring schools to allow voluntary prayer. (Jul 1994)
  • Voted YES on national education standards. (Feb 1994)
  • Rated 91% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
Bob Inglis on Education
Republican Representative (SC-4, retook seat in 2004): Click here for 9 full quotes OR click here for Bob Inglis 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 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 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)
  • Make employee educational assistance tax-deductible. (Jan 1993)
  • Supports a Constitutional Amendment for school prayer. (May 1997)
Alex Sanders on Education
2002 Democratic Candidate (SC): Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Alex Sanders on other issues.
  • Education is preparation for citizenship & earning a living. (Apr 2002)
  • Tuition is fastest growing “tax” in America. (Apr 2002)
  • Lifelong advocate for public education. (Apr 2002)
Inez Tenenbaum on Education
2004 former Democratic challenger: Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Inez Tenenbaum on other issues.
  • Embraced No Child Left Behind. (Oct 2004)
  • Increase teacher pay; more money for public schools. (Oct 2004)
  • Create a single set of national achievement standards. (May 2004)
Strom Thurmond on Education
Former Republican Senator: Click here for 11 full quotes OR click here for Strom Thurmond on other issues.
  • 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 requiring schools to allow voluntary prayer. (Jul 1994)
  • Voted YES on national education standards. (Feb 1994)
  • Supports a Constitutional Amendment for school prayer. (May 1997)
Gresham Barrett on Education
Republican Representative (SC-3): Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for Gresham Barrett 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)
  • Rated 18% by the NEA, indicating anti-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
Henry Brown on Education
Republican Representative (SC-1): Click here for 8 full quotes OR click here for Henry Brown 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 YES on requiring states to test students. (May 2001)
  • Let schools display the words "God Bless America". (Oct 2001)
  • Rated 17% by the NEA, indicating anti-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
Michael Cone on Education
Democratic Challenger: Click here for Michael Cone on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Bob Conley on Education
Democratic Senate challenger: Click here for Bob Conley on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Jim DeMint on Education
Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative (SC-4): Click here for 24 full quotes OR click here for Jim DeMint on other issues.
  • Don't use education system to force my values on others. (Sep 2012)
  • Allow states to opt out of No Child Left Behind. (Jan 2012)
  • NCLB should be called "More Children Left behind". (Jan 2012)
  • Government-run schools can't instill morals and character. (Jan 2012)
  • A-PLUS Act: allow states to operate like charter schools. (Jan 2012)
  • Vouchers lead to competition, not re-segregation. (Jan 2012)
  • Devolve education to states without abolishing Department. (Sep 2010)
  • True socialists guard government-run education. (Jul 2009)
  • NCLB: More spending but no appreciable quality improvement. (Jul 2009)
  • Parents are trapped unless they can afford private school. (Jul 2009)
  • 1962 banning of school prayer also banned respect and honor. (Jul 2009)
  • Apply faith; education is not government responsibility. (Jul 2009)
  • A-PLUS Act: step away from federal control via school choice. (Jul 2009)
  • $5,000 per-student voucher to create private investment. (Jul 2009)
  • 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 YES on allowing school prayer during the War on Terror. (Nov 2001)
  • Voted NO on requiring states to test students. (May 2001)
  • Let schools display the words "God Bless America". (Oct 2001)
  • Supports requiring schools to allow prayer. (Jan 2001)
  • Rated 18% by the NEA, indicating anti-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Support the goals and ideals of Charter Schools. (May 2007)
Alvin Greene on Education
2010 Democratic Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Alvin Greene on other issues.
  • More Parental Involvement and Better Facilities. (Jul 2010)
Mark McBride on Education
Independent Senate challenger: Click here for Mark McBride on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Mullins McLeod on Education
2010 Democratic challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Mullins McLeod on other issues.
  • Improve public education by cutting class size & reforms. (Mar 2010)
Floyd Spence on Education
Republican (District 2): Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for Floyd Spence on other issues.
  • 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)
  • Supports a Constitutional Amendment for school prayer. (May 1997)
John Spratt on Education
Democratic Representative (SC-5): Click here for 11 full quotes OR click here for John Spratt on other issues.
  • 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 YES 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)
  • Reduce class size to 18 children in grades 1 to 3. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 100% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
Lindsey Graham on Education
Republican Sr Senator; previously Representative (SC-3): Click here for 14 full quotes OR click here for Lindsey Graham 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 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)
  • Let schools display the words "God Bless America". (Oct 2001)
  • Supports requiring schools to allow prayer. (Jan 2001)
  • Rated 27% by the NEA, indicating anti-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Sponsored $110M per year to teach abstinence in public schools. (Feb 2013)
  • Sponsored denouncing the Common Core State Standards. (Feb 2014)
  • Supports a Constitutional Amendment for school prayer. (May 1997)

                                                                                                                                                                               
  


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