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Stacey Abrams on Education
Democratic Gubernatorial Challenger
Click here for 7 full quotes by Stacey Abrams OR click here for Stacey Abrams on other issues.
  • Invest what is necessary for education from cradle to career. (Feb 2019)
  • No money for school vouchers. (Sep 2017)
  • Must offer many paths for higher education. (Sep 2017)
  • Must offer many paths for higher education. (Aug 2017)
  • Help students from early learning thru post-secondary school. (May 2017)
  • Chief Turnaround Officers for low-performing schools. (Mar 2017)
  • Voted NO on $42M more tax credits for private schools. (Mar 2017)
Justin Amash on Education
Independent MI Rep; possible Presidential Challenger
Click here for 5 full quotes by Justin Amash OR click here for Justin Amash on other issues.
  • Don't infringe right of parents to educate their children. (Nov 2010)
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the DC opportunity scholarship program. (Mar 2011)
  • Denounce the Common Core State Standards. (Feb 2014)
  • A-PLUS lets states escape No Child Left Behind. (Jul 2015)
  • Vouchers break link of low-income and low-quality schools. (Oct 2015)
Michael Bennet on Education
Democratic Presidential Challenger; CO Senator
Click here for 5 full quotes by Michael Bennet OR click here for Michael Bennet on other issues.
  • Halted years of budgetary cuts in the Denver Public Schools. (Jan 2009)
  • Oversaw investing $18 million in Denver schools & classrooms. (Jan 2009)
  • Opposes less federal or more local control of education. (Sep 2010)
  • Professional development grants for elementary principals. (Jul 2010)
  • Sponsored bill discounting combat pay from free school lunch. (Mar 2009)
Joe Biden on Education
Former Vice President; previously Democratic Senator (DE)
Click here for 36 full quotes by Joe Biden OR click here for Joe Biden on other issues.
  • 3X money for Title I schools; free community college tuition. (Jun 2019)
  • 2005: no bankruptcy for student loans; 2015: student relief. (May 2019)
  • Free tuition at community colleges & state universities. (Apr 2019)
  • 1970s: outspoken Senate critic of school desegregation. (Mar 2019)
  • College plagiarism was honest (but careless) mistake. (Oct 2017)
  • $500M for businesses partnerships at community colleges. (Feb 2012)
  • $500M for Race to the Top's Early Learning Challenges. (May 2011)
  • No Child Left Behind was left behind. (Oct 2008)
  • Hire more teachers and pay them for smaller classes. (Dec 2007)
  • Laid out a $30 billion plan over five years for education. (Nov 2007)
  • For longer school day & school year, & 16-year minimum. (Oct 2007)
  • $3000 tax credit for college for anyone earning under $150K. (Sep 2007)
  • There needs to be performance-based pay for teachers. (Aug 2007)
  • Teach sex ed in schools; including prevention methods. (Aug 2007)
  • Sent kids to private school after death of their mother. (Jul 2007)
  • Overcome racial achievement gap with early education. (Jun 2007)
  • Pay teachers more to get better educational results. (Apr 2007)
  • FactCheck: Japan pays teachers more, but not India & China. (Apr 2007)
  • NCLB needs more resources, but also is fundamentally flawed. (Feb 2007)
  • Princeton was last Ivy holdout to admit women & minorities. (Jan 2006)
  • I oppose school busing because it fails, not for racism. (Oct 1975)
  • Single statewide school district tax, for equal distribution. (Oct 1975)

    Voting Record

  • Voting for No Child Left Behind was a mistake. (Jul 2007)
  • Voted YES on $52M for "21st century community learning centers". (Oct 2005)
  • Voted YES on $5B for grants to local educational agencies. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted YES on shifting $11B from corporate tax loopholes to education. (Mar 2005)
  • 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 YES on Educational Savings Accounts. (Mar 2000)
  • Voted YES on education savings accounts. (Jun 1998)
  • Voted NO on school vouchers in DC. (Sep 1997)
  • Voted YES on $75M for abstinence education. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted NO 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)
Mike Bloomberg on Education
Mayor of New York City (Independent)
Click here for 17 full quotes by Mike Bloomberg OR click here for Mike Bloomberg on other issues.
  • Help public schools with deductibility of local taxes. (Dec 2017)
  • Push Voc-Ed: plumbers earn more than Harvard grads. (Feb 2015)
  • Creationism boggles the mind, two centuries after Darwin. (Apr 2013)
  • Included among celebrity philanthropists who fund schools. (Feb 2011)
  • Pushed for mayoral control of city school system. (Feb 2011)
  • Liberate 1.1 million students from deadly bureaucracy. (Sep 2010)
  • All social problems are ameliorated by better education. (Sep 2010)
  • Increased school budget from $12B to $20B. (Sep 2010)
  • Ban the use of cell phones in public schools. (Sep 2010)
  • Slash bureaucracy; reward principal & teacher excellence. (Jan 2008)
  • End the shameful practice of social promotion. (Jan 2008)
  • No more tinkering at margins: cut bureaucracy; add charters. (Jun 2007)
  • Replaced school board with direct mayoral control. (May 2007)
  • No social promotion; more after-school. (May 2007)
  • Strengthened cell-phone ban in city schools. (May 2007)
  • Focus on increasing high school graduation rates. (Apr 2007)
  • Debated against eliminating social promotion. (Jan 2007)
Cory Booker on Education
Mayor of Newark; N.J. Senator
Click here for 27 full quotes by Cory Booker OR click here for Cory Booker on other issues.
  • Government should not profit from student debt. (Apr 2019)
  • Investment in education helps the whole society. (Apr 2019)
  • Support public education including some charter schools. (Mar 2019)
  • Free community college; loan forgiveness; apprenticeships. (Mar 2019)
  • New public school models & more public education options. (Apr 2017)
  • 2010: Make Newark the nation's charter school capital. (Aug 2016)
  • OpEd: community engagement or public relations? (Aug 2016)
  • Radical reform needed for youth to move forward. (Aug 2016)
  • Urban school districts are beholden to public worker union. (Sep 2015)
  • Star fundraiser for Democrats for Education Reform. (Sep 2015)
  • Ensure that college tuition is not a long-term burden. (Nov 2013)
  • Pre-school for 3-year-olds; more teacher empowerment. (Nov 2013)
  • Fundamental right to high quality public education. (Nov 2013)
  • Newark Workshops got $1.3M in Pell Grants. (Nov 2013)
  • Supports "Race to the Top" education reform. (Aug 2013)
  • Supports school voucher proposal, like other Democrats. (Aug 2013)
  • Brother runs a charter school in inner-city Memphis. (Dec 2012)
  • Arranged $100M school grant from Facebook founder Zuckerberg. (Jun 2012)
  • Supports school vouchers. (May 2012)
  • 2010: Appointed to oversee $100M donation to Newark schools. (Feb 2011)
  • OpEd: $100M gift to Newark schools was a publicity sellout. (Feb 2011)
  • Supervises Newark schools by gubernatorial appointment. (Feb 2011)
  • $120 million for "Teachers Village" where educators live. (Sep 2010)
  • Founded the Newark Charter School Fund. (Feb 2010)
  • Charters & alternatives for persistently failing schools. (May 2009)
  • Vouchers and charters can work in inner cities. (Feb 2001)
  • Make two years of community college free. (Jul 2015)
Steve Bullock on Education
Democratic Presidential Challenger; MT Governor
Click here for 7 full quotes by Steve Bullock OR click here for Steve Bullock on other issues.
  • Freeze college tuition; college credit for veterans. (Jan 2019)
  • 1-2-Free: High school dual enrollment to college. (Jan 2019)
  • Increase funding for higher education. (Jan 2017)
  • Invest in publicly funded early childhood education. (Jan 2017)
  • Invest in higher ed for 21st Century workforce, like Diesel. (Jan 2013)
  • Increase from 40% to 60% those with some college. (Jan 2013)
  • MT is dead last in investment in early childhood education. (Jan 2013)
Pete Buttigieg on Education
Democratic Presidential Challenger; IN Mayor
Click here for 4 full quotes by Pete Buttigieg OR click here for Pete Buttigieg on other issues.
  • Rich kids should pay tuition; but make it more affordable. (Jun 2019)
  • States should take on more of cost of higher education. (Apr 2019)
  • Supports loan forgiveness but not across the board. (Apr 2019)
  • Charter schools can't replace public, but can try new things. (Mar 2019)
Julian Castro on Education
Democratic Presidential Challenger; former HUD Secretary
Click here for 13 full quotes by Julian Castro OR click here for Julian Castro on other issues.
  • Inner cities need help; invest in education. (Jul 2019)
  • Universal free meals in schools. (Jul 2019)
  • Give teachers tax credits of $2,000 to $10,000. (Jul 2019)
  • Nationwide expansion of universal pre-K. (Apr 2019)
  • Invest in public schools, pre-K through higher ed. (Apr 2019)
  • Extended Pre-K education for needy kids. (Feb 2019)
  • Two free years of higher education. (Jan 2019)
  • Attended Catholic school and public elementary school. (Oct 2018)
  • Our most chronic problem is inequity in education. (Oct 2018)
  • Graduated high school early to attend Stanford & Harvard Law. (Oct 2018)
  • Money for education is investment, not charity. (Sep 2012)
  • SERVE SA: 1,500 new volunteers to read in grade schools. (Dec 2011)
  • Take "Race to the Top" Funds despite governor's refusal. (Feb 2010)
Hillary Clinton on Education
Secretary of State; previously Democratic Senator (NY)
Click here for 89 full quotes by Hillary Clinton OR click here for 7 older headlines OR click here for Hillary Clinton on other issues.
  • Common Core is most important non-family enterprise in US. (Nov 2016)
  • Unconstitutional to post Ten Commandments in schools. (Nov 2016)
  • Provide every student an education in computer science. (Oct 2016)
  • Testing system based on a core curriculum has value. (Apr 2015)
  • Teach discipline, self-control & patience in schools. (Apr 2015)
  • Teach Bible as history & literature; not science or religion. (Apr 2015)
  • Let's get back to schools where kids are socialized. (Apr 2015)
  • OpEd: Common Core recycled from Clintons in 1980s and 1990s. (Jun 2013)
  • Parents are a child’s first teachers. (Jan 2008)
  • We have not yet reached consensus on education reform. (Sep 2007)
  • It takes a village; American village has failed our children. (Jun 2007)
  • Establish right to education from pre-school thru college. (Jun 2007)
  • Early education affects things from IQ to lifelong earnings. (Dec 2006)
  • 2001: Proposed and passed National Teacher Corps. (Dec 2006)
  • Teacher testing only for new teachers. (Oct 2000)
  • Testing only new teachers respects professionalism. (Oct 2000)
  • Teachers need more peer consulting & more recognition. (Jul 1999)
  • Social promotion cheats our children. (Jul 1999)
  • Read to young kids 20-30 minutes daily. (Jul 1999)
  • Entire school staff should focus on school safety. (Jul 1999)
  • Metal detectors at school are not much of an intrusion. (Jun 1999)
  • Arts education is needed in our schools. (Sep 1998)
  • Give kids after-school activities to prevent gangs. (Apr 1998)
  • Allow student prayer, but no religious instruction. (Sep 1996)
  • Character education: teach empathy & self-discipline. (Sep 1996)
  • Supports Goals 2000: hardly the stuff of revolution. (Sep 1996)
  • Supports structured inner-city schools, with uniforms. (May 1996)
  • 1960s: Taught reading in poor Boston neighborhoods. (Aug 1993)

    Arkansas Ed Reform

  • Hillary emphasized education reform without political agenda. (Oct 2007)
  • AR Ed Reform taught that there is a place for testing. (Sep 2007)
  • 1986: HIPPY program empowers parents as kids' first teach. (Sep 2007)
  • Sent Chelsea to public schools in Arkansas, but not DC. (Jul 2007)
  • 1983: Teacher testing as part of AR education reform. (Jun 2007)
  • 1983: AR reforms fixed unconstitutional school financing. (Jun 2004)
  • AR Reform plan pushed mandatory teacher testing. (Nov 2003)
  • Arkansas education: improvement against great odds. (Oct 2000)
  • Pushed teacher testing in Arkansas. (Dec 1999)
  • AR ed reform: mandate kindergarten, no social promotion. (Dec 1999)
  • 1983: Challenged low education expectations. (Aug 1999)
  • 1993: Public accepted First Lady as education reformer. (Aug 1999)
  • Long journey for reform, not isolated initiatives. (Jun 1994)
  • HIPPY: Home Instruction Program for Preschool Youngsters. (Aug 1993)
  • Passing illiterate students is educational fraud. (Sep 1983)

    College Policy

  • Free college education for families make less than $125000. (Oct 2016)
  • My plan is debt-free college for young people. (Feb 2016)
  • Experts vetted my college plan, and it works. (Feb 2016)
  • New College Compact: federal match for state investment. (Dec 2015)
  • Make community college free, but not free college for all. (Nov 2015)
  • Refinance all college debt to help 40 million new grads. (Oct 2015)
  • End predatory student college loan rates over 20%. (Apr 2008)
  • Transfer tax cuts from rich & corporations to student aid. (Jun 2006)

    Education Funding

  • Fully fund special education & 21st century classrooms. (Dec 2007)
  • Get more teachers into hard-to-serve areas. (Nov 2007)
  • Incentive pay for school wide performance. (Aug 2007)
  • Universal pre-kindergarten; and make family the best school. (Aug 2007)
  • Working families cannot participate in school between 9 & 3. (Jul 2007)
  • Reforms: teacher corps; more federal funding; modernize. (Sep 2000)
  • Opposes merit pay for individual teachers. (Apr 2000)
  • Supports merit pay for entire schools. (Apr 2000)
  • Scholarships for teachers who go to urban schools. (Mar 2000)
  • Increase resources to meet increased standards. (Mar 2000)
  • Address teacher shortage with salary increases. (Jul 1999)
  • More after-school; smaller classes. (Jul 1999)

    School Choice

  • Supports public school system: charters but not vouchers. (Apr 2015)
  • Vouchers aren't constitutional; charter schools are ok. (Apr 2015)
  • Total change in No Child Left Behind. (Aug 2007)
  • Supports public school choice; but not private nor parochial. (Oct 2006)
  • More teachers, smaller classes, no vouchers. (Oct 2000)
  • Vouchers would take money from public schools. (Oct 2000)
  • Vouchers drain money from public schools. (Sep 2000)
  • Vouchers will not improve our public schools. (Jul 1999)
  • Let’s build up our schools-not tear them down. (Jul 1999)
  • Charter schools provide choice within public system. (Jul 1999)
  • Charters meet needs of failing public school students. (Aug 1998)
  • Vouchers siphon off much-needed resources. (Aug 1998)
  • Parents can choose, but support public schools. (Feb 1997)
  • Supports public school choice and charter schools. (Sep 1996)

    Votin

  • Voted against vouchers; but public school choice ok. (Nov 2016)

    Voting Record

  • Fix No-Child-Left-Behind with Every-Student-Succeeds-Act. (Dec 2015)
  • Solemn vow never to abandon our public schools. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted YES on $52M for "21st century community learning centers". (Oct 2005)
  • Voted YES on $5B for grants to local educational agencies. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted YES on shifting $11B from corporate tax loopholes to education. (Mar 2005)
  • 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)
  • Offer every parent Charter Schools and public school choice. (Aug 2000)
  • Rated 82% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Opposes vouchers to let parents choose public or private school. (Nov 2016)
Bill de Blasio on Education
NYC Mayor; Democratic Presidential Challenger
Click here for 5 full quotes by Bill de Blasio OR click here for Bill de Blasio on other issues.
  • OpEd: de Blasio has failed NYC schools. (May 2019)
  • Pre-K and 3-K for All. (Apr 2019)
  • 75% of kids graduated High School; 59% went on to college. (Jan 2019)
  • Stop closures & develop a minimum of 100 community schools. (Oct 2013)
  • Create an early warning system before school failures. (Oct 2013)
John Delaney on Education
Democratic candidate for President; U.S. Rep from MD-6
Click here for 8 full quotes by John Delaney OR click here for John Delaney on other issues.
  • Free community college and training; student loan reform. (Mar 2019)
  • Universal pre-K; free community college. (Feb 2019)
  • Reach students when they are young, with pre-K. (May 2018)
  • D.C. Opportunity Scholarship gives parents more options. (Nov 2012)
  • Opposes school vouchers. (Oct 2012)
  • Rated No-strings-attached block grant will kill transparency. (Jul 2015)
  • Vouchers break link of low-income and low-quality schools. (Oct 2015)
  • Make two years of community college free. (Jul 2015)
Tulsi Gabbard on Education
Democratic Presidential Challenger; HI Rep.
Click here for 4 full quotes by Tulsi Gabbard OR click here for Tulsi Gabbard on other issues.
  • Free tuition at public higher education. (Mar 2019)
  • Tuition-free community college for all. (Jan 2019)
  • Rated No-strings-attached block grant will kill transparency. (Jul 2015)
  • Rated Oppose private and religious school voucher programs. (Oct 2015)
Kirsten Gillibrand on Education
Democratic Senator (NY)
Click here for 9 full quotes by Kirsten Gillibrand OR click here for Kirsten Gillibrand on other issues.
  • College tuition in exchange for public service. (May 2019)
  • Strongly support education, but one size doesn't fit all. (Apr 2019)
  • Make public higher education debt-free. (Jan 2019)
  • More funds for NCLB and early education. (Nov 2006)
  • Voted YES on additional $10.2B for federal education & HHS projects. (Nov 2007)
  • $25B to renovate or repair elementary schools. (Sep 2011)
  • Make two years of community college free. (Jul 2015)
  • Recruit women & minorities for STEM teaching. (Mar 2016)
  • Don't count combat pay against free school lunch. (Mar 2009)
Mike Gravel on Education
Libertarian for President; Former Dem. Senator (AK); withdrew from Presidential primary July 2019
Click here for 14 full quotes by Mike Gravel OR click here for Mike Gravel on other issues.
  • Delink property taxes to equalize education funding. (Apr 2019)
  • Student Debt Jubilee: one-time government debt forgiveness. (Apr 2019)
  • Science must guide us, not religious extremism. (May 2008)
  • Supports vouchers, charters, and magnet schools. (Apr 2008)
  • No position on separation of church & state. (Nov 2007)
  • Extend school day and extend school year. (Sep 2007)
  • Our school stats fail because we’re stuck in triumphalism. (Sep 2007)
  • GovWatch: Yes, Americans are getting fatter, but not dumber. (Sep 2007)
  • Supports merit pay for teachers; make education top priority. (Aug 2007)
  • Sent kids to some private school; likes a little competition. (Jul 2007)
  • US schools fail because we’re yoked by military. (Feb 2007)
  • Citizen Power includes school vouchers. (Jan 2007)
  • Vouchers are innovative & imaginative--let’s experiment. (Jan 1972)
  • 25% bonus for teachers in hardship areas. (Jan 1972)
Kamala Harris on Education
Democratic candidate for President; California Senator
Click here for 9 full quotes by Kamala Harris OR click here for Kamala Harris on other issues.
  • FactCheck: Did not desegregate LA and SF school districts. (Jul 2019)
  • Boost average teacher pay by $13,500. (May 2019)
  • Change rules on student debt: reduce interest, income based. (Apr 2019)
  • Federal money to subsidize teach pay raises. (Mar 2019)
  • Free tuition at four-year public colleges. (Jan 2019)
  • As child, bused to desegregated school with mixed races. (Jan 2019)
  • Took on Corinthian College, a for-profit college scam. (Jan 2019)
  • Ensure access to a high quality public education. (Aug 2016)
  • Make two years of community college free. (Jul 2015)
Howie Hawkins on Education
Green Challenger
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  • Free public education from pre-K through college. (May 2019)
  • Guarantee a quality education to everyone. (Jun 2006)
John Hickenlooper on Education
Democratic Presidential Challenger (withdrew, Aug. 2019); CO Governor
Click here for 8 full quotes by John Hickenlooper OR click here for John Hickenlooper on other issues.
  • Free skills training & free community college. (Mar 2019)
  • Increase investment in education by additional $100M. (Jan 2018)
  • Schools should focus on skills for future jobs. (Jan 2018)
  • Reinvent bipartisan apprenticeships & workforce training. (Aug 2017)
  • Earn-and-learn programs to reduce attainment gap. (Jan 2016)
  • Some standardized testing is necessary. (Jan 2016)
  • Federal funds will ensure excellence in Education in CO. (May 2011)
  • Support great teachers in a 21st Century education system. (Nov 2010)
Larry Hogan on Education
Republican Maryland Governor
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  • Record high funding for public schools: opportunity for all. (Jan 2019)
  • School corruption: create Office of Education Accountability. (Sep 2018)
  • Student Debt Relief Act: $7B to make college affordable. (Jul 2018)
  • P-TECH and ACCESS Initiative: $18.6 million outside-the-box. (Jun 2018)
  • $7M for student scholarships to attend a private school. (Feb 2017)
  • Tuition relief for state colleges: 2% growth cap. (Feb 2017)
  • More charter school choice; more P-TECH schools. (Feb 2017)
Jay Inslee on Education
Democratic WA Governor; Former Rep/ (WA-1); withdrew from Presidential primary Aug. 2019
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  • Cut college tuition; provide assistance to neediest. (Apr 2019)
  • Apprenticeships & college aid leads to jobs. (Jan 2019)
  • Four-year degree isn't the only path to success. (Jan 2018)
  • Create non-religious charter schools as open alternatives. (Apr 2016)
  • Reverse transfer credits toward associate degrees. (Mar 2016)
  • $1.2B for automatic COLA adjustments for teachers. (Jan 2014)
  • Prioritize early childhood education. ()
  • Increase teacher salary to help recruit and retain. ()
  • 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 $84 million in grants for Black and Hispanic colleges. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted NO on allowing school prayer during the War on Terror. (Nov 2001)
  • Voted YES on requiring states to test students. (May 2001)
  • Offer every parent Charter Schools and public school choice. (Aug 2000)
  • 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)
John Kasich on Education
Republican Governor; previously Representative (OH-12); 2000 & 2016 candidate for President
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  • Unfair to shift tax decision from people to school board. (Apr 2017)
  • Go after cost drivers in colleges, like sell parking lots. (Oct 2015)
  • I like the ideas in Common Core, but not the program. (Jul 2015)
  • We need charter schools, with state oversight. (Jul 2015)
  • $120 million student debt relief fund; plus online college. (Feb 2015)
  • No unfunded mandates for schools. (Mar 2011)
  • Daughters attend a Christian school. (Jun 2010)
  • Bible stories are historical facts. (Jun 2010)
  • Did earth come about on its own? Evidence says No. (Jun 2010)
  • Our broken public school system is beyond fixing. (May 2006)
  • Competition is what's missing from public school monopoly. (May 2006)
  • Not enough money for public schools? Aw, give me a break!. (May 2006)
  • Send 95% of federal funds to classrooms. (May 1999)
  • Redirect AmeriCorps funds to college and mentoring. (May 1999)
  • Teach character in public school classrooms. (May 1999)
  • More after-school programs with federal plus local funding. (May 1999)

    School Choice

  • Empower local people instead of bureaucrats. (May 1999)
  • Create competition in public schools. (May 1999)
  • Tax money for entrepreneurial private schools. (Apr 1999)
  • 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)
Amy Klobuchar on Education
DFL Sr Senator (MN)
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  • Boost teacher pay. (Jul 2019)
  • Magic genie could fix college cost; I'd focus on Pell Grants. (Jun 2019)
  • Address student debt in ways beyond free college. (Apr 2019)
  • Loan forgiveness for those taking public service jobs. (Apr 2019)
  • I am not for free four-year college for all. (Feb 2019)
  • Free community college; expand Pell Grants. (Feb 2019)
  • No Child Left Behind is an unfunded mandate. (Jan 2006)
  • Expand early childhood education opportunities. (Jan 2006)
  • Voted YES on additional $10.2B for federal education & HHS projects. (Oct 2007)
  • Sponsored extending subsidized federal student loan rates until 2015. (Apr 2013)
  • Make two years of community college free. (Jul 2015)
Wayne Messam on Education
FL Mayor; Democratic Presidential Challenger
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  • Address immediate student debt with one-time cancellation. (Apr 2019)
  • I built the greenest school in the Southeast US. (Apr 2019)
  • Relieve graduates of "crippling debt" from college loans. (Mar 2019)
  • First priority is resolving current student debt. (Mar 2019)
Seth Moulton on Education
Democratic Presidential Challenger; MA Rep.
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  • Voluntary public service rewarded with education guarantee. (May 2019)
  • Reform public education testing & teaching standards. (Sep 2014)
  • Supports Common Core, according to Faith2Action. (Jul 2014)
  • Supports Common Core, according to PVS rating. (Sep 2014)
  • Rated No-strings-attached block grant will kill transparency. (Jul 2015)
  • Rated Oppose private and religious school voucher programs. (Oct 2015)
  • Make two years of community college free. (Jul 2015)
Beto O`Rourke on Education
Democratic candidate for President; Texas Senator nominee
Click here for 8 full quotes by Beto O`Rourke OR click here for Beto O`Rourke on other issues.
  • Investment in public education pays off. (Oct 2018)
  • Vouchers funnel public school $ into private schools. (Oct 2018)
  • More pre-school; more science teachers. (Nov 2012)
  • Comprehensive sex ed for sexually-active adolescents. (Feb 2013)
  • Sponsored extending subsidized federal student loan rates until 2015. (Apr 2013)
  • Rated No-strings-attached block grant will kill transparency. (Jul 2015)
  • Rated Oppose private and religious school voucher programs. (Oct 2015)
  • Make two years of community college free. (Jul 2015)
Barack Obama on Education
Democratic incumbent President; IL Senator (2004-2008)
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  • Universal Pre-K and computer science classes on horizon. (Jan 2016)
  • $4.3B to induce states to expand charter schools. (Sep 2015)
  • Lower the cost of community college to zero. (Jan 2015)
  • Race to the Top for our youngest: pre-K available to all. (Jan 2014)
  • Re-equip high schools to train for jobs right now. (Feb 2013)
  • We reformed schools in 46 states, with their governors. (Oct 2012)
  • Recovery Act avoided layoffs; now hire more teachers. (Sep 2012)
  • 100,000 new science & math teachers over the next decade. (Sep 2012)
  • Educate to Innovate: new national STEM Master Teacher Corps. (Sep 2012)
  • To make a difference for kids, become a teacher. (Feb 2011)
  • Educate to Innovate campaign: make US top in math & science. (Sep 2010)
  • Quitting high school is quitting on your country. (Feb 2009)
  • Invest in early childhood education and higher education. (Aug 2008)
  • Fight for social & economic justice begins in the classroom. (Jul 2008)
  • Make math & science policy a national priority. (Jul 2008)
  • We need real commitment to education; instead we got NCLB. (Jun 2008)
  • $10 billion to guarantee early childhood education for all. (Jun 2008)
  • Evolution & science aren’t incompatible with Christian faith. (Apr 2008)
  • Mother home-schooled Obama in English while in Indonesia. (Apr 2008)
  • Children’s First Agenda: zero to five early education. (Feb 2008)
  • Put billions of dollars into early childhood education. (Jan 2008)
  • Need after-school and summer programs with good parenting. (Jan 2008)
  • Get parents re-engaged in educating the children. (Dec 2007)
  • Nationwide program to reconstruct crumbling school buildings. (Sep 2007)
  • STEP UP: summer learning opportunities for disadvantaged. (Aug 2007)
  • We left the money behind for No Child Left Behind. (Aug 2007)
  • Supreme Court was wrong on school anti-integration ruling. (Jul 2007)
  • Cut banks out and add $4.5 Billion to college loans. (Mar 2007)
  • Guarantee affordable life-long, top-notch education. (Jun 2006)
  • Race to the Top: 46 states competed for creative reform. (Oct 2005)
  • Sex education needed to help children discuss molestation. (Oct 2004)
  • Provide decent funding and get rid of anti-intellectualism. (Jul 2004)
  • Address the growing achievement gap between students. (May 2004)
  • Will add 25,000 teachers in high-need areas. (May 2004)

    College

  • Prioritize free community college and reducing student debt. (Jan 2016)
  • College Scorecard: compare schools by affordability. (Feb 2013)
  • 2 million more slots in our community colleges. (Oct 2012)
  • Cut out the middleman on student loans from banks. (Oct 2012)
  • More education funding from early childhood thru Pell grants. (Sep 2012)
  • Michelle: We were so young, so in love, and so in debt. (Sep 2012)
  • Make community colleges into community career centers. (Jan 2012)
  • OpEd: Study visas for foreigners means brain drain abroad. (Jan 2011)
  • Jobs today require at least a bachelor's degree. (Sep 2010)
  • $10K college tax credit; forgive loans for public service. (Jan 2010)
  • $2,500 tax credit for all four years of college. (Feb 2009)
  • Refundable $4000 tax credit for community college tuition. (Aug 2008)
  • To compete, students need at least H.S. & college degree. (Jun 2008)
  • Pay for college education for those who commit to teaching. (Jun 2008)
  • $4,000 college tuition for 100 hours’ public service a year. (Feb 2008)

    Merit Incentives

  • Romney education stances compared to Obama. (Jan 2012)
  • FactCheck: Race to the Top has only rewarded 12 states. (Jan 2011)
  • Race to the Top: reward innovation in public schools. (Jan 2011)
  • Reward successful schools, instead of funding the status quo. (Jan 2010)
  • Volunteer in your neighborhood & we help pay for college. (Feb 2009)
  • Merit pay ok if based on career instead of a single test. (Apr 2008)
  • Pay “master teachers” extra, but with buy-in from teachers. (Aug 2007)
  • Incentives to hire a million teachers over next decade. (Jun 2007)
  • Pay teachers more money & treat them like professionals. (Jun 2007)
  • More teacher pay in exchange for more teacher accountability. (Oct 2006)
  • Free public college for any student with B-average. (Jul 1998)

    School Choice

  • Opposes D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program. (Feb 2012)
  • Increase school choice & accountability within NCLB. (Feb 2011)
  • I doubled charter schools in Illinois; but no vouchers. (Oct 2008)
  • Vouchers don’t solve the problems of our schools. (Oct 2008)
  • FactCheck: McCain for national reforms & also DC vouchers. (Oct 2008)
  • Supports charter schools; it’s important to experiment. (Feb 2008)
  • We need a sense of urgency about improving education system. (Sep 2007)
  • Sends kids to private school; but wants good schools for all. (Jul 2007)
  • Public school system status quo is indefensible. (Oct 2006)
  • Supports charter schools and private investment in schools. (Jul 1998)

    Voting Record

  • First Senate bill: increase Pell Grant from $4,050 to $5,100. (Aug 2007)
  • Sponsored legislations that recruit and reward good teachers. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on $52M for "21st century community learning centers". (Oct 2005)
  • Voted YES on $5B for grants to local educational agencies. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted YES on shifting $11B from corporate tax loopholes to education. (Mar 2005)
Mike Pence on Education
Republian nominee for Vice President; Governor of Indiana; former Representative (IN-6)
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  • Pro-voucher so parents decide how to educate their kids. (Jul 2016)
  • Replaced Common Core with state-standards version. (Jul 2016)
  • Incentivize teaching as a career. (Jan 2016)
  • Testing regime needs to be improved. (Jan 2016)
  • Connect high school grads with vocational ed OR college. (Dec 2013)
  • Fight for local control and responsibility of education. (Jan 2012)
  • Eliminate "No Child Left Behind" K-12 testing requirements. (Nov 2008)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Rated 17% by the NEA, indicating anti-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Constitutionally guarantee parent's right to educate kids. (Jan 2011)
Tim Ryan on Education
Democratic Representative (OH-17)
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  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Sponsored extending subsidized federal student loan rates until 2015. (Apr 2013)
  • Sponsored supporting the contributions of Catholic schools. (Jan 2013)
  • Rated No-strings-attached block grant will kill transparency. (Jul 2015)
  • Rated Oppose private and religious school voucher programs. (Oct 2015)
  • Recruit women & minorities for STEM teaching. (Mar 2016)
Bernie Sanders on Education
Democratic primary challenger; Independent VT Senator; previously Representative (VT-At-Large)
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  • Universal free meals in schools. (Jul 2019)
  • Busing an option, but integrated community schools are best. (Jun 2019)
  • Forgive student loans for both higher ed and trade school. (Jun 2019)
  • Crucial to invest in pre-K education for our future. (Feb 2019)
  • Education is the great equalizer on path to middle class. (Aug 2017)
  • Revolution needed in child-care and preschool jobs. (Nov 2016)
  • No privatization; no vouchers; charters only with standards. (Nov 2016)
  • Low income kids deserve free education, including college. (Feb 2016)
  • Replace NCLB standardized testing with holistic approach. (Sep 2015)
  • Ok to include mandates and incentives in Common Core. (Sep 2015)
  • Vouchers redirect public education dollar to private schools. (Sep 2015)
  • Charter schools ok if held to public school standards. (Sep 2015)
  • Taught low-income preschoolers through Head Start program. (Sep 2015)
  • Do away with fill-in-the-bubble standardized tests. (May 2015)
  • Education begins before age 4 or 5. (May 2015)
  • Quality affordable education, from child care to higher ed. (Mar 2015)
  • 170,000 high school grads annually have no funds for college. (Dec 2010)
  • 1976: produced educational filmstrips on New England history. (Jun 1997)

    College Costs

  • Free public college; support for historically black schools. (Apr 2019)
  • College for All: $2 federal match for every state $1. (Nov 2016)
  • Free tuition at public colleges for most students. (Jul 2016)
  • Student debt is crushing young graduates. (Feb 2016)
  • Tax Wall Street and make public universities free. (Dec 2015)
  • $70B to make public colleges & universities tuition-free. (Nov 2015)
  • Look at college degree like high school diploma 50 years ago. (Nov 2015)
  • 1950s "high school for all" is now "free college for all". (Oct 2015)
  • Free public university tuition, like we had 50 years ago. (Sep 2015)
  • Other countries recognize benefits of free college. (May 2015)
  • $18B to fund two years free tuition at state colleges. (Apr 2015)
  • College loan repayment is regressive; refinance & forgive. (Apr 2015)
  • Make college affordable for everyone. (Jan 2015)

    Voting Record

  • Fix No-Child-Left-Behind with Every-Student-Succeeds-Act. (Dec 2015)
  • Cutting education cuts off our noses to spite our face. (Dec 2010)
  • Voted YES on additional $10.2B for federal education & HHS projects. (Oct 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 NO 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 83% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
  • $25B to renovate or repair elementary schools. (Sep 2011)
  • Sponsored extending subsidized federal student loan rates until 2015. (Apr 2013)
  • Make employee educational assistance tax-deductible. (Jan 1993)
  • Don't count combat pay against free school lunch. (Mar 2009)
Mark Sanford on Education
Republican SC Governor; previously Representative (SC-1)
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  • 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)
  • A-PLUS lets states escape No Child Left Behind. (Jul 2015)
  • Vouchers break link of low-income and low-quality schools. (Oct 2015)
Howard Schultz on Education
Starbucks CEO; independent candidate for President until July 2019
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  • First in family to attend college; offer same at Starbucks. (Mar 2019)
  • Hold colleges responsible, but help students handle debt. (Feb 2019)
  • 3,000 people graduated college on Starbucks' tuition. (Feb 2019)
  • Supplement Pell Grants to make online college tuition-free. (Jan 2019)
  • Private sector can do more for millennial students. (Jan 2019)
  • Supporting individual's efforts to reform education locally. (May 2011)
Joe Sestak on Education
Democratic Senate Challenger; former Navy Admiral
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  • Universal pre-K; create "Training for a Lifetime". (Jul 2019)
  • Subsidize tuition at public community colleges. (Jun 2019)
  • Support Common Core and expand pre-K. (Jun 2019)
  • Improve our nation's schools and make college accessible. (Dec 2009)
  • Invest more in our public schools, and demand more. (Nov 2006)
  • Voted YES on $40B for green public schools. (May 2009)
  • Voted YES on additional $10.2B for federal education & HHS projects. (Nov 2007)
  • Opposes less federal or more local control of education. (Sep 2010)
Tom Steyer on Education
Democratic Presidential Challenger; CEO
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  • $1.5 trillion in student loan debt is unacceptable. (Jul 2019)
  • Keep schools open despite Republican demonization. (Jul 2019)
  • Opportunity Institute: cradle to career approach. (Feb 2016)
Eric Swalwell on Education
Withdrawn Democratic Presidential Challenger; CA Rep
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  • Next generation will solve college affordability problem. (Jun 2019)
  • Future Forum: focus on college affordability & student debt. (May 2019)
  • World-class modern schoolhouses, regardless of ZIP Code. (May 2019)
  • College bargain: no-interest loans & debt-free college. (Apr 2019)
  • No interest loans & free tuition in exchange for service. (Apr 2019)
  • Abolish NCLB and teaching to the test. (Nov 2012)
  • Rated No-strings-attached block grant will kill transparency. (Jul 2015)
  • Rated Oppose private and religious school voucher programs. (Oct 2015)
  • Make two years of community college free. (Jul 2015)
Donald Trump on Education
2016 Republican nominee for President; 2000 Reform Primary Challenger for President
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  • Skeptical of use of affirmative action in college admissions. (Aug 2018)
  • Workforce development, job training, & vocational schools. (Jan 2018)
  • I may cut Department of Education. (Nov 2016)
  • No federal government profit from student loans. (Nov 2015)
  • Dept. of Education runs top-down one-size-fits-all system. (Nov 2015)
  • Cut Department of Education and Common Core. (Oct 2015)
  • We spend more per student than any other nation. (Jun 2015)
  • Common Core is a disaster. (Jun 2015)
  • Cut the Department of Education way, way down. (Jun 2015)
  • Opposes Common Core. (Feb 2015)
  • Common Core means Washington tells you what to study. (Feb 2015)
  • Americans don't know their roots: study your ancestry. (Apr 2010)
  • Comprehensive education instead of limiting subjects. (Apr 2010)
  • Teach citizenship; stop “dumbing down”. (Jul 2000)
  • End “creative spelling,” “estimating,” & “empowerment”. (Jul 2000)

    Trump University

  • Trump U: effort to educate the masses in his style. (Aug 2016)
  • FactCheck: More than figurehead at Trump U. (Jun 2016)
  • Founded Trump University to teach the art of deal-making. (Jun 2015)
  • I'm deeply and actively involved in Trump University. (Oct 2006)

    Vouchers

  • School choice is civil rights issue of our time. (Feb 2017)
  • Call them vouchers or scholarships; I call it competition. (Nov 2016)
  • Disadvantaged students are trapped in failing schools. (Sep 2016)
  • Money follows student to public, private or religious school. (Sep 2016)
  • Let schools compete: charters, vouchers, and magnets. (Nov 2015)
  • Bring on the competition; tear down the union walls. (Jul 2000)
  • School choice will improve public schools. (Jul 2000)
  • Supports vouchers to let parents choose public or private school. (Nov 2016)
Jesse Ventura on Education
Former Independent MN Governor
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  • Evolution for science teachers & Creation for Sunday school. (Apr 2008)
  • Requiring the Pledge of Allegiance brainwashes students. (Apr 2008)
  • Focus on results and standards. (Dec 2000)
  • Lifelong learning; college & training for work & life. (Dec 2000)
  • More money for class size reduction. (Jul 2000)
  • Public schools can’t advocate religion; private prayer OK. (Jul 2000)
  • Teach “creation science” in church, not schools. (Jul 2000)
  • Fund schools at state level instead of via property taxes. (Jul 2000)
  • Mainstrean special-ed kids, like his daughter did. (Jan 1999)
  • Reducing class size solves many educational problems. (Jan 1999)
  • Mainstream disabled students. (Jan 1999)
  • Commonsense steps to improve public education. (Jan 1999)
  • No government money for higher education. (Jan 1999)

    School Choice

  • Erase the word voucher from the vocabulary. (Dec 2000)
  • Public dollars belong to public schools. (Jul 2000)
  • Loosen federal control; leave more to state & locals. (Jan 1999)
  • Neighborhoods shouldn’t abandon their public schools. (Jan 1999)
  • Public schools are inefficient; but fix them, don’t end them. (Nov 1998)
  • Choosing private school includes responsility to pay. (Feb 1998)
Arvin Vohra on Education
Libertarian candidate for President; Libertarian Party Vice-Ch
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  • Vouchers are just food stamps for education. (Mar 2018)
  • Stop the one-size-fits-none education programs. (Dec 2017)
  • Cut back Common Core and the Department of Education. (Jan 2015)
Joe Walsh on Education
Republican presidential primary challenger (fotmer IL Rep.)
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  • Vouchers force competition & provide better education. (Nov 2010)
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the DC opportunity scholarship program. (Mar 2011)
Elizabeth Warren on Education
Massachusetts Senator; head of CFPB
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  • Create opportunities for everyone, not just those at top. (Jun 2019)
  • Wipe out current student debt; free public college. (May 2019)
  • Roll back student debt; free college going forward. (Apr 2019)
  • Proposed all-voucher education; now opposes charters. (Apr 2019)
  • Invest in black colleges & minority students. (Mar 2019)
  • Support teacher unions on this time of crisis. (Jan 2019)
  • Invest in education, but focus on results. (Jan 2019)
  • Why should government earn $174B profit on student loans? (Apr 2017)
  • Preserve Head Start and school lunch programs. (Jul 2016)
  • Invest in public education & universal preschool. (Apr 2016)
  • Give college students the same deal as corporations get. (Nov 2014)
  • Allow refinancing student loans; it's a crushing $1.2T. (May 2014)
  • Bank on Students Act: reduce student loan interest rates. (Apr 2014)
  • Focus on public schools & public universities. (Sep 2011)
  • Comprehensive sex ed for sexually-active adolescents. (Feb 2013)
Bill Weld on Education
Libertarian Party nominee for Vice President; former Republican Massachusetts Governor
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  • Control of education by states and parents, more choice. (Feb 2019)
  • Prefers state input on education, not one national standard. (Jul 2010)
  • Establish the first 25 charter schools in Massachusetts. (Mar 1995)
Marianne Williamson on Education
Author & Democratic Presidential Challenger
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  • Wipe out college loans burdening the young. (Apr 2019)
  • Favors Universal pre-school & free college. (Apr 2019)
  • Universal pre-school; more teacher retention programs. (Apr 2019)
  • Free college via public service; and student loan amnesty. (Apr 2019)
  • Free college; low cost education for older adults. (Mar 2019)
  • Teach children HOW to think, not WHAT to think. (Jul 2018)
Andrew Yang on Education
Democratic Presidential Challenger & Tech CEO
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  • College shouldn't be free. (Jul 2019)
  • Pay teachers enough to attract and retain the best. (Apr 2019)
  • Improving teacher salaries improves student success. (Mar 2019)
  • Require colleges to cut administrative costs. (Mar 2019)

                                                                                                                                                                               
  


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