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Matt Dunne on Education
Democratic Gubernatorial Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Matt Dunne on other issues.
  • More funding for public schools & teachers. (Nov 2002)
Christine Hallquist on Education
Democratic candidate for governor of Vermont: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Christine Hallquist on other issues.
  • Supports public schools; does not want them privatized. (Sep 2018)
Rebecca Holcombe on Education
Democratic candidate for governor: Click here for 6 full quotes OR click here for Rebecca Holcombe on other issues.
  • Public schools reveal strength of a community. (Jan 2020)
  • Inadequate educational funding impacts generations. (Jan 2020)
  • Fallout from inadequate funding measured in generations. (Jan 2020)
  • Resigned as secretary of education over voucher proposal. (Jul 2019)
  • Committed to protecting rights of students with disabilities. (Oct 2018)
  • Teacher in school & college before state education secretary. (Apr 2018)
Sue Minter on Education
Democratic Gubernatorial candidate: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Sue Minter on other issues.
  • Universal pre-K via public-private partnerships. (May 2016)
Phil Scott on Education
Republican challenger for Governor: Click here for 8 full quotes OR click here for Phil Scott on other issues.
  • Investing in childcare a top priority; address inequities. (Jan 2021)
  • Build the country's best cradle-to-career education system. (Jan 2020)
  • $1M more for VSAC non-traditional pathways for jobs. (Jan 2019)
  • Statewide funding inserts Montpelier into school decisions. (Dec 2017)
  • Realign funding toward early care and trades training. (Jan 2017)
  • $4M to state colleges; low tuition increases thru 2021. (Jan 2017)
  • Preserve school choice; improve Act 46 school consolidation. (Aug 2016)
  • Age-appropriate sex education in schools. (Mar 2012)
Shap Smith on Education
Democratic Gubernatorial Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Shap Smith on other issues.
  • Larger school districts improve quality & control costs. (Apr 2015)
Keith Stern on Education
Republican candidate for governor of Vermont: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Keith Stern on other issues.
  • Give education control back to the local districts. (Sep 2018)
  • Technical schools train for well-paying, in-demand jobs. (Sep 2018)
David Zuckerman on Education
Democratic Gubernatorial Challenger : Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for David Zuckerman on other issues.
  • Supports universal afterschool and pre-K education. (Apr 2020)
  • Free in-state tuition for trade schools & higher education. (Apr 2020)
  • Stricter standards for independent charter schools. (Feb 2020)
  • No vouchers; no Common Core. (Nov 2014)

Senate:

VT 2022: 2022 VT Governor's race


Al Giordano on Education
Democratic Senate challenger (withdrew): Click here for Al Giordano on other issues.
    No stance on record.
John MacGovern on Education
Democratic Challenger for VT Senator: Click here for John MacGovern on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Scott Milne on Education
Democratic Challenger for VT Senator: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Scott Milne on other issues.
  • Rethink how government funds education. (Aug 2016)
Brooke Paige on Education
Republican Senate Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Brooke Paige on other issues.
  • Reject Common Core; protect local control. (Aug 2018)
Bernie Sanders on Education
Democratic primary challenger; Independent VT Senator; previously Representative (VT-At-Large): Click here for 52 full quotes OR click here for Bernie Sanders on other issues.
  • Pay for free tuition with tax on Wall Street speculation. (Feb 2020)
  • School-to-prison pipeline is a horror show. (Feb 2020)
  • Freeze private charter schools; they have no accountability. (Feb 2020)
  • Make HBCUs debt-free, and cancel all student debt. (Sep 2019)
  • Save millennials by cancelling student debt. (Jul 2019)
  • 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)
Lawrence Zupan on Education
Republican Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Lawrence Zupan on other issues.
  • High tuition costs pay for facilities; learn online instead. (Jul 2018)

House:


Peter Welch on Education
Democrat: Click here for 7 full quotes OR click here for Peter Welch on other issues.
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Voted YES on private lawsuits for school race discrimination. (Sep 2020)

Former candidates & officeholders:


Howard Dean-Gov on Education
Former Democratic Governor (2005-2008); pres. candidate 2004: Click here for Howard Dean-Gov on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Jim Douglas on Education
Republican VT Governor: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Jim Douglas on other issues.
  • Public school choice for poor & middle class. (Oct 2002)
Bruce Lisman on Education
Republican 2016 Gubernatorial candidate: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Bruce Lisman on other issues.
  • Give school districts flexibility on resources and spending. (Mar 2016)
Peter Shumlin on Education
Democratic Governor (retiring 2016): Click here for 6 full quotes OR click here for Peter Shumlin on other issues.
  • Publicly fund a college savings plan for each child. (Jan 2016)
  • Provide free college courses for low income people. (Jan 2016)
  • Dual enrollment for high school students to state college. (Jan 2013)
  • Vermont could be Education State if we focus on science. (Nov 2011)
  • No Child Left Behind has become an obstacle. (Sep 2011)
  • Prioritize resources to ensure future of public schools. (Nov 2010)
Jim Jeffords on Education
Independent Jr Senator (VT, retiring 2006): Click here for 15 full quotes OR click here for Jim Jeffords on other issues.
  • 2001 defection based on special education funding. (Nov 2010)
  • Individuals With Disabilities Education Act revived. (Jun 2001)
  • 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 NO 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 NO on Educational Savings Accounts. (Mar 2000)
  • Voted YES on allowing more flexibility in federal school rules. (Mar 1999)
  • Voted NO on education savings accounts. (Jun 1998)
  • Voted YES on school vouchers in DC. (Sep 1997)
  • Voted NO 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)
Jack McMullen on Education
2004 former Republican challenger: Click here for Jack McMullen on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Len Britton on Education
2010 Republican Challenger: Click here for Len Britton on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Larry Drown on Education
Democratic challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Larry Drown on other issues.
  • Strong Public Education. (Jun 2006)
Daniel Freilich on Education
2010 Independent Challenger: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Daniel Freilich on other issues.
  • No teacher-led prayer in public schools. (Mar 2010)
  • Let parents choose schools via vouchers. (Mar 2010)
Greg Parke on Education
Republican challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Greg Parke on other issues.
  • Supports vouchers for public, private or religious schools. (Aug 2006)
Richard Tarrant on Education
Republican Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Richard Tarrant on other issues.
  • Home school at school, and more individualized education. (Jun 2006)
Patrick Leahy on Education
Democratic Sr Senator (VT): Click here for 18 full quotes OR click here for Patrick Leahy on other issues.
  • Voted YES on additional $10.2B for federal education & HHS projects. (Oct 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 NO on Educational Savings Accounts. (Mar 2000)
  • Voted NO on allowing more flexibility in federal school rules. (Mar 1999)
  • Voted NO on education savings accounts. (Jun 1998)
  • Voted NO 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)
  • More foreign languages courses and exchange students. (Feb 2001)
  • Rated 100% 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 two years of community college free. (Jul 2015)
Bernie Sanders on Education
Democratic primary challenger; Independent VT Senator; previously Representative (VT-At-Large): Click here for 52 full quotes OR click here for Bernie Sanders on other issues.
  • Pay for free tuition with tax on Wall Street speculation. (Feb 2020)
  • School-to-prison pipeline is a horror show. (Feb 2020)
  • Freeze private charter schools; they have no accountability. (Feb 2020)
  • Make HBCUs debt-free, and cancel all student debt. (Sep 2019)
  • Save millennials by cancelling student debt. (Jul 2019)
  • 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)

                                                                                                                                                                               
  


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