Christine O`Donnell on Education

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My evolution belief is irrelevant; let local schools decide

Q: In a television appearance back in 1998 on Bill Maher's show you said evolution is a myth. Do you believe evolution is a myth?

O'DONNELL: I was talking about what a local school taught and that should be decided on the local community.

Q: Do you believe evolution is a myth?

O'DONNELL: Local schools should make that decision.

Q: What do you believe?

O'DONNELL: What I believe is irrelevant.

Q: Why is it irrelevant?

O'DONNELL: What I will support in Washington, D.C. is the ability for the local school system to decide what is taught in their classrooms and what I was talking about on that show was a classroom that was not allowed to teach creationism as an equal theory as evolution. That is against their constitutional rights and that is an overreaching arm of the government.

Source: CNN's Wolf Blitzer moderating 2010 Delaware Senate debate , Oct 13, 2010

Fix schools by talking to teachers, not unions nor DOE

Q: Do you feel teacher unions are too powerful?

O'DONNELL: Here in Delaware, where we spend so much money on education, it ends up going to the six-figure salaries of our bureaucrats & superintendents, not to the teachers in the classroom. It's appalling that in a state where we spend so much federal and state dollars on education, good teachers who want to get extra materials have to do so out of their pocket. We have a broken system especially in Wilmington where I live. Throwing more money o a broken system is not going to work. Instead, what we need to do is sit down and have conversations with the teachers--not the unions--about what they need us to do to help them in their classroom.

Q: Do you support eliminating the Dept. of Education?

O'DONNELL: I don't think that we need to go to that drastic of a step, but millions of dollars in Dept. of Education money has been abused. Every time that there's a problem, we just throw more money in it to appease the special interest groups.

Source: CNN's Wolf Blitzer moderating 2010 Delaware Senate debate , Oct 13, 2010

Pledge of Allegiance should include "Under God"

Side By Side Comparison of Christine O'Donnell & Mike Castle on Values:

Castle: Voted to strip "under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance, and against educational choice for parents with children in failing schools.

COD: Believes our country was founded on core values of faith, family and freedom and will fight to defend those values. Will always fight for maximum choice for parents about where to educate their kids, including private, parochial and charter schools or in the home.

Source: 2010 Senate campaign website,christineodonnell.com, "Issues" , Aug 25, 2010

Federal funding provides better continuity

Christine will work to ensure that our children do not suffer from funding crises and swings, by exploring Federal solutions to provide continuity.
Source: 2008 Senate campaign website, christineodonnell08.com , Aug 8, 2008

Supports less federal & more local control of education.

O'Donnell supports the F2A survey question on education

Faith2Action.org is "the nation's largest network of pro-family groups." They provide election resources for each state, including Voter Guides and Congressional Scorecards excerpted here. The Faith2Action survey summarizes candidate stances on the following topic: 'Less federal and more state / local control of education'

Source: Faith2Action Survey 10-FF-q7 on Sep 19, 2010

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