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Phil Bryant on Education
Republican Governor: Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Phil Bryant on other issues.
  • Privately funded Opportunity Scholarship for failing schools. (Jan 2013)
  • $15M for literacy; and merit pay for teachers. (Jan 2013)
  • Close failing districts & implement charters. (May 2011)

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Thad Cochran on Education
Republican Sr Senator (MS): Click here for 18 full quotes OR click here for Thad Cochran on other issues.
  • Support statewide pre-kindergarten education in Mississippi. (Aug 2008)
  • Voted YES 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 requiring schools to allow voluntary prayer. (Jul 1994)
  • Voted YES on national education standards. (Feb 1994)
  • Rated 27% by the NEA, indicating anti-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Don't count combat pay against free school lunch. (Mar 2009)
  • Supports a Constitutional Amendment for school prayer. (May 1997)
Albert N. Gore on Education
Democratic Challenger: Click here for Albert N. Gore on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Chris McDaniel on Education
Republican challenger: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Chris McDaniel on other issues.
  • Give students right to organize religious groups at school. (Mar 2013)
  • Increase number of charter schools statewide. (Jan 2013)
Roger Wicker on Education
Republican Jr Senator; previously Republican Representative (MS-1): Click here for 10 full quotes OR click here for Roger Wicker 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)
  • 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)
  • Rated 17% by the NEA, indicating anti-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Supports a Constitutional Amendment for school prayer. (May 1997)

House:


Gregg Harper on Education
Republican (District 3): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Gregg Harper on other issues.
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the DC opportunity scholarship program. (Mar 2011)
  • Voted NO on $40B for green public schools. (May 2009)
Alan Nunnelee on Education
Republican (District 1): Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Alan Nunnelee on other issues.
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the DC opportunity scholarship program. (Mar 2011)
  • Supports voluntary prayer in public schools. (Aug 2010)
  • $110M per year to teach abstinence in public schools. (Mar 2013)
Steven Palazzo on Education
Republican (District 4): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Steven Palazzo on other issues.
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the DC opportunity scholarship program. (Mar 2011)
Bennie Thompson on Education
Democratic Representative (MS-2): Click here for 11 full quotes OR click here for Bennie Thompson 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 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)

Former candidates & officeholders:


Haley Barbour on Education
Former Republican Governor (2004-2012): Click here for 9 full quotes OR click here for Haley Barbour on other issues.
  • Expand charter schools; expand dual enrollment. (Jan 2011)
  • Continued large increases in funding higher education. (Jan 2008)
  • Spending $8,500 per student is enough--no increase this year. (Jan 2008)
  • Extra pay for experienced teachers and for mentoring. (Jan 2008)
  • More local control over schools. (Jan 2007)
  • Give parents vouchers so they can choose kids' schools. (Apr 1996)
  • Supports charter schools as a means to local control. (Apr 1996)
  • Vouchers apply unlimited market forces to education. (Apr 1996)
  • School prayer restores moral awareness to our schools. (Apr 1996)
Kirk Fordice on Education
Former Republican Governor (1992-1999): Click here for Kirk Fordice on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Ronnie Musgrove on Education
2008 Senate challenger; previously Democratic MS Governor: Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for Ronnie Musgrove on other issues.
  • Worked with Congress creating No Child Left Behind. (Aug 2003)
  • Require public schools to display “In God We Trust” motto. (Mar 2001)
  • Remove the 5% cap on teacher pay. (Jan 2001)
  • Universities: settle the Ayers Case. (Jan 2001)
  • Improve and invest in public schools. (Aug 2001)
Haley Barbour on Education
Former Republican challenger (2006), Governor: Click here for 9 full quotes OR click here for Haley Barbour on other issues.
  • Expand charter schools; expand dual enrollment. (Jan 2011)
  • Continued large increases in funding higher education. (Jan 2008)
  • Spending $8,500 per student is enough--no increase this year. (Jan 2008)
  • Extra pay for experienced teachers and for mentoring. (Jan 2008)
  • More local control over schools. (Jan 2007)
  • Give parents vouchers so they can choose kids' schools. (Apr 1996)
  • Supports charter schools as a means to local control. (Apr 1996)
  • Vouchers apply unlimited market forces to education. (Apr 1996)
  • School prayer restores moral awareness to our schools. (Apr 1996)
Bill Bowlin on Education
Former Democratic Challenger (2006): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Bill Bowlin on other issues.
  • More funding for school infrastructure & college. (May 2006)
Ronnie Musgrove on Education
2008 Senate challenger; previously Democratic MS Governor: Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for Ronnie Musgrove on other issues.
  • Worked with Congress creating No Child Left Behind. (Aug 2003)
  • Require public schools to display “In God We Trust” motto. (Mar 2001)
  • Remove the 5% cap on teacher pay. (Jan 2001)
  • Universities: settle the Ayers Case. (Jan 2001)
  • Improve and invest in public schools. (Aug 2001)
Travis Childers on Education
Democrat (until 2010) (District 1): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Travis Childers on other issues.
  • Voted YES on $40B for green public schools. (May 2009)
Erik Fleming on Education
Democratic Senate Challenger: Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for Erik Fleming on other issues.
  • Supports charters, vouchers, and home-schooling. (Jul 2008)
  • Supports charters & tuition tax credits, but not vouchers. (Mar 2008)
  • Fully fund No Child Left Behind. (Feb 2006)
  • Tax credits for private schools ok, but not vouchers. (Feb 2006)
  • Not opposed to charter schools. (Feb 2006)
Trent Lott on Education
Republican Jr Senator (MS): Click here for 15 full quotes OR click here for Trent Lott on other issues.
  • Voted YES 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 YES 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 NO on national education standards. (Feb 1994)
  • Rated 18% by the NEA, indicating anti-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
Charles Pickering on Education
Republican Representative (MS-3): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Charles Pickering on other issues.
  • Voted YES on additional $10.2B for federal education & HHS projects. (Nov 2007)
Chip Pickering on Education
Republican challenger, U.S. Rep.: Click here for 9 full quotes OR click here for Chip Pickering 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)
  • Supports requiring schools to allow prayer. (Jan 2001)
  • Rated 18% by the NEA, indicating anti-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Supports a Constitutional Amendment for school prayer. (May 1997)
Ronnie Shows on Education
Democrat (District 4): Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Ronnie Shows on other issues.
  • Voted YES on requiring states to test students. (May 2001)
  • Let schools display the words "God Bless America". (Oct 2001)
  • Reduce class size to 18 children in grades 1 to 3. (Mar 2001)
  • Supports a Constitutional Amendment for school prayer. (May 1997)
Gene Taylor on Education
Democratic Representative (MS-4): Click here for 13 full quotes OR click here for Gene Taylor on other issues.
  • Voted NO 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)
  • 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 NO 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)
  • Rated 50% by the NEA, indicating a mixed record on public education. (Dec 2003)
  • Supports a Constitutional Amendment for school prayer. (May 1997)
Gene Taylor on Education
Democratic Representative (MS-4): Click here for 13 full quotes OR click here for Gene Taylor on other issues.
  • Voted NO 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)
  • 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 NO 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)
  • Rated 50% by the NEA, indicating a mixed record on public education. (Dec 2003)
  • Supports a Constitutional Amendment for school prayer. (May 1997)
Roger Wicker on Education
Republican Jr Senator; previously Republican Representative (MS-1): Click here for 10 full quotes OR click here for Roger Wicker 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)
  • 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)
  • Rated 17% by the NEA, indicating anti-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Supports a Constitutional Amendment for school prayer. (May 1997)

                                                                                                                                                                               
  


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