State of Minnesota secondary Archives: on Education


Tim Walz: Student Non-Discrimination Act: address anti-gay bullying

As a former teacher at Mankato West High School, I know that bullying is a serious problem in our schools and steps must be taken to eliminate it. No student deserves to feel ashamed or embarrassed about who they are and we must ensure that our children attend schools where they can concentrate on learning without being teased or harassed by others.

I strongly support the prevention of bullying and the work many organizations do to eliminate it. I have supported legislation such as H.R. 1652, the Student Non-Discrimination Act, which would prevent any school program that receives federal funding from discriminating against students based on their actual or perceived sexual orientation. I am a co-sponsor of this legislation because I feel every student deserves to learn in a safe environment.

Source: 2018 MN gubernatorial campaign website walz.house.gov May 2, 2017

Heather Johnson: Right to education includes school choice

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Vouchers for school choice"?

A: Yes--A right to education should include the type of education one wants for themselves and their children. Better yet, I support community driven education with parents and teachers developing curriculum.

Source: E-mail interview on 2014 MN Senate race with OnTheIssues.org Aug 18, 2014

Kurt Bills: Eliminate the Education Department to reduce budget deficit

Kurt Bills dumped several books on a table, saying those documents provided a "starting point" for cutting the budget, admitting that key provisions such as eliminating the Education Department likely would be dropped in negotiations.

Bills backs the Platform to Revitalize America, a budget proposal by fellow Republican Sen. Rand Paul. The plan also would eliminate the federal Education, Energy, Commerce and Housing and Urban Development departments.

Bills said that the federal Education Department has made no improvements he has seen in his 16 years as a high school teacher & he would abolish it. However, he said he realizes the department probably would survive negotiations, which he could accept.

The department is bloated, he said, including operating more than 200 programs encouraging students to get involved in science, technology, engineering and math education. He blamed the large number of programs on federal lawmakers, each of whom wants to look like he supports education.

Source: West Central Tribune on 2012 MN Senate debate Oct 20, 2012

Chris Coleman: Close opportunity gap between "haves" & "have-nots"

Mayor Chris Coleman holds education as a top priority for his administration. Mayor Coleman leads with a vision for how children should be prepared for school and for life by working in collaboration with the community to leverage city and community resources to put all of our children on the road to success. The Coleman administration hopes to close the opportunity gap between the "haves" and "have-nots" through quality-driven, accessible learning opportunities for children, youth and families.

The years before a child enters school are critical to the success of that child, and to the community in which she lives. Students spend 20 percent of their waking moments in school. The other time can be spent anywhere doing anything--like in quality programs at safe neighborhood places with engaging staff.

Source: St. Paul MN Mayoral website StPaul.gov Feb 18, 2009

Al Franken: $5,000 tax credit to help people pay for college

Franken called for a $5,000 tax credit to help people pay for college.

Why not a $10,000 tax credit? Why not $20,000? asked Barkley. Whos going to pay for this? Were broke. Im not going to pander to people.

Franken responded that the money spent would be equal to just a few weeks of the Iraq war and could be financed by reducing tax breaks for millionaires.

Source: 2008 MN Senate Debate reported in Star Tribune Oct 17, 2008

Dean Barkley: Tax credits for college is just pandering; were broke

Franken called for a $5,000 tax credit to help people pay for college.

Why not a $10,000 tax credit? Why not $20,000? asked Barkley. Whos going to pay for this? Were broke. Im not going to pander to people.

Franken responded that the money spent would be equal to just a few weeks of the Iraq war and could be financed by reducing tax breaks for millionaires.

Source: 2008 MN Senate Debate reported in Star Tribune Oct 17, 2008

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Secy.Julian Castro (D-TX)
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Howard Schultz(I-WA)
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