Steve Largent on Education

Former candidate for OK Governor; Former Republican Representative (OK-1)

No lottery to fund education

I just think as a leader to say that the only way you can generate the revenues that you need to fund education is by having a government-run gambling numbers racket is poor leadership.
Source: Shawnee News-Star, "Gov. Hopefuls Debate Lottery" Sep 22, 2002

Spend wiser in schools; spending system is failing

Overall education appropriations have more than doubled, increasing from $866 million in 1990 to $2.24 billion in 2002. The real story, therefore, that emerges from all of the facts, is that far more money is dedicated to education today than in 1990. When our education budget doubles, yet adequate resources & materials are not reaching our teachers on the front lines, our education system is failing to support them. That many teachers spend hundreds of dollars out of their own pocket for their classrooms is one sign that teachers are not receiving the support and resources they need. As governor, I will support our dedicated teachers by directing a greater share of the education budget toward actual classroom needs. While I support increased funding for classroom education, I do not expect money alone to be the answer. Money is important, but what matters more are good ideas and the courage to implement those ideas.
Source: LargentForGovernor.com, "The Road to Educational Greatness" Sep 17, 2002

Increase teacher pay to average or Okla. will lose teachers

Teacher pay in Oklahoma ranks an abysmal 48th in the nation. While starting salaries for Oklahoma's teacher are relatively competitive, their salaries increase slowly. A $5,000 raise in another state is appealing and we lose another highly trained and talented teacher. If we are serious about keeping our teachers in Oklahoma, we must create the incentives for them to stay. I want Oklahoma to be the state that teachers move to for higher pay. Part of treating our teachers like professionals is paying them like professionals. As governor, I will increase teacher pay in Oklahoma beyond the regional average by the third year of my administration.
Source: LargentForGovernor.com, "The Road to Educational Greatness" Sep 17, 2002

Voted YES on requiring states to test students.

No Child Left Behind Act of 2001: Vote to pass a bill that would authorize $22.8 billion in education funding, a 29 percent increase from fiscal 2001. The bill would require states to test students to track progress.
Reference: Bill sponsored by Boehner R-OH; Bill HR 1 ; vote number 2001-145 on May 23, 2001

Voted YES on allowing vouchers in DC schools.

Vote to create a non-profit corporation to administer federally-funded vouchers for low-income children in the District of Columbia.
Reference: Amendment introduced by Armey, R-TX; Bill HR 4380 ; vote number 1998-411 on Aug 6, 1998

Voted YES on vouchers for private & parochial schools.

Vote to pass a bill to allow states to use certain federal funds designated for elementary and secondary education to provide scholarships, or vouchers, to low-income families to send their children to private schools, including religious schools.
Reference: Bill sponsored by Riggs, R-CA; Bill HR 2746 ; vote number 1997-569 on Nov 4, 1997

Let schools display the words "God Bless America".

Largent sponsored a Congressional Resolution on support for the Nation:

Title: Expressing the sense of the Congress that public schools may display the words "God Bless America" as an expression of support for the Nation.

Source: House Resolution Sponsorship 01-HCR248 on Oct 12, 2001

Supports a Constitutional Amendment for school prayer.

Largent sponsored a resolution for a School Prayer Amendment:

H.J.RES.52 (2001), H.J.RES.66 (1999), S.J.RES. 1, H.J.RES.12, H. J. RES. 108, & H. J. RES. 55:

Nothing in this Constitution shall be construed to prohibit individual or group prayer in public schools or other public institutions. No person shall be required by the United States or by any State to participate in prayer . Neither the United States nor any State shall compose the words of any prayer to be said in public schools.
H. J. RES. 78 (1997):
To secure the people's right to acknowledge God according to the dictates of conscience: Neither the United States nor any State shall establish any official religion, but the people's right to pray and to recognize their religious beliefs, heritage, or traditions on public property, including schools, shall not be infringed. Neither the United States nor any State shall require any person to join in prayer or other religious activity, prescribe school prayers, discriminate against religion, or deny equal access to a benefit on account of religion.
Source: H.J.Res.78 97-HJR78 on May 8, 1997

Other governors on Education: Steve Largent on other issues:
AK Frank Murkowski
AL Bob Riley
AR Mike Huckabee
AZ Janet Napolitano
CA Arnold Schwarzenegger
CO Bill Owens
CT Jodi Rell
DE Ruth Ann Minner
FL Jeb Bush
GA Sonny Perdue
HI Linda Lingle
IA Tom Vilsack
ID Dirk Kempthorne
IL Rod Blagojevich
IN Mitch Daniels
KS Kathleen Sebelius
KY Ernie Fletcher
LA Kathleen Blanco
MA Mitt Romney
MD Bob Ehrlich
ME John Baldacci
MI Jennifer Granholm
MN Tim Pawlenty
MO Matt Blunt
MS Haley Barbour
MT Brian Schweitzer
NC Mike Easley
ND John Hoeven
NE Dave Heineman
NH John Lynch
NJ Jon Corzine
NM Bill Richardson
NV Kenny Guinn
NY George Pataki
OH Bob Taft
OK Brad Henry
OR Ted Kulongoski
PA Ed Rendell
RI Don Carcieri
SC Mark Sanford
SD Mike Rounds
TN Phil Bredesen
TX Rick Perry
UT Jon Huntsman
VA Tim Kaine
VT Jim Douglas
WA Christine Gregoire
WI Jim Doyle
WV Joe Manchin III
WY Dave Freudenthal
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