Marco Rubio on Education

Republican Florida Senator


Bad idea to arm teachers against school shootings

The mass shootings in Newtown, Orlando, and even Fort Lauderdale didn't get Sen. Marco Rubio to seriously reconsider his position on guns. But Rubio shifted on firearms as he weathered the righteous anger of a parent and of the students who survived the Valentine's Day massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and who then faced him onstage at a CNN town hall.

Jeered and booed by the crowd, buffeted by tough questions, Rubio stood alone as the only Republican onstage. He broke with President Trump on whether to arm teachers. Rubio said it was a bad idea. He said he would favor raising the minimum age to purchase an assault rifle from 18 to 21. And he said he would consider restricting the size of magazines for firearms.

It was a striking turnabout for Rubio, who never met a gun-rights bill he didn't vote for in the Florida Legislature and, later, in Congress. But Rubio said he wanted to prevent another massacre and said it was time for everyone to start rethinking their positions.

Source: Caputo & Morin in Politico.com on 2020 presidential hopefuls , Feb 21, 2018

Why did we stop doing vocational education in America?

Why did we stop doing vocational education in America, people that can work with their hands; people you can train to do this work while they're still in high school so they can graduate ready to go work? What's happening is some of these tech companies are taking centers to Canada because they can get people to go over there instead of here. The ideal scenario is to train Americans to do the work so we don't have to rely on people from abroad.
Source: GOP "Your Money/Your Vote" 2015 CNBC 1st-tier debate , Oct 28, 2015

Common Core will convert from suggestions to mandate

Q [to Bush]: You advocate for Common Core education standards?

BUSH: [Yes, but] I don't believe the federal government should be involved in the creation of standards directly or indirectly, the creation of curriculum or content.

Q: Sen. Rubio, why is Gov. Bush wrong on Common Core?

RUBIO: I too believe in curriculum reform. It is critically important in the 21st Century. And it should happen at the state and local level. That is where educational policy belongs, because if a parent is unhappy with what their child is being taught in school, they can go to that local school board or their state legislature, or their governor and get it changed. Here's the problem with Common Core. The Department of Education, like every federal agency, will never be satisfied. They will not stop with it being a suggestion. They will turn it into a mandate. They will use Common Core or any other requirements that exists nationally to force it down the throats of our people in our states.

Source: Fox News/Facebook Top Ten First Tier debate transcript , Aug 6, 2015

No national school board; end Department of Education