There is a great difference of opinion just among the Republican Presidential Candidates regarding education policy. There are those who believe that the federal government should be involved in education either setting the standard alone or in conjunction with state and local governments. And then there are those who believe that the federal government has no business deciding anything to do with education and it should be left entirely to the states. These are the issues on the surface, but when you go deeper there are more detailed questions to be asked. How should Federal money for education be distributed? Should it go to the states based on population? Should it go directly to failing school districts, or should it be equally distributed to all? Should a voucher system be used whereby every family gets a federal voucher for each child to be used at the school of their choice? And what happens if there is no room at the first choice school ? Would a voucher system mean closing of schools that are failing instead of helping those schools to improve?
There are a lot of details that candidates would have to answer. Check out the positions of the Republican Presidential Candidates who have their opinions on education on their Republican Presidential Candidates web sites and see if you are in sinc with any of them.
Senator Samuel D. “Sam” Brownback of Kansas
Senator Brownback has his policy on education on his Republican Presidential Candidates web site:”When we ignore poorly performing schools, we also ignore every student in those schools, thereby allowing an achievement gap to persist. It is imperative that we close the achievement gap and provide our nation’s students with a productive learning environment that challenges and encourages intellectual stimulation. I believe that providing for choice in education is beneficial to student achievement. For years now, we have seen studies that prove school choice programs, such as the new Opportunity Scholarships recently implemented in the District of Columbia, have a drastic and positive impact on students-especially minority students. By supporting such initiatives, we will be ensuring that more students have access to a high quality education, which means that they will have a better chance of success in not only reaching college, but flourishing in life.”
Former Governor James S. “Jim” Gilmore III of Virginia
Governor Gilmore does not have an educational policy on his Republican Presidential Candidates web site.
Former Mayor Rudolph W.L. “Rudy” Giuliani III of New York
Mayor Giuliani has a short statement on education policy in his 12 Commitments to the American People section stating
“I will provide access to a quality education to every child in America by giving real school choice to parents.”
Former Governor Michael D. “Mike” Huckabee of Arkansas
Governor Huckabee does not have his position on education on his Presidential Candidates web site.
Congressman Duncan L. Hunter of California
Congressman Hunter has his educational policy on his Republican Presidential Candidates web site under the title “Goals for the Department of Education:”
“I believe we can educate students more effectively by returning school curriculum prerogatives to the states, local communities and, most importantly, to the family. State agencies charged with conducting education policies do not need expensive and inefficient mandates from a federal agency and I support streamlining the responsibilities of the U.S. Department of Education toward a goal of working in cooperation with local and state governments to meet local and state learning levels.”
US Senator John S. McCain III of Arizona
Senator McCain does not have an education policy on his Republican Presidential Candidates web site.
Congressman Ronald E. “Ron” Paul of Texas
Congressman Paul does not have an education policy on his Presidential Candidates web site.
Former Governor W. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts
Governor Romney has several statements on his Republican Candidates web site regarding his policy on education. Some of what he has to say is :”Today’s schools are falling further and further behind world standards. It is time to raise the bar on education by making teaching a true profession, measuring progress, providing a focus on math and science, and involving parents from the beginning of a child’s school career.”
Congressman Thomas G. “Tom” Tancredo of Colorado
Congressman Tancredo has the following statement on his Republican Presidential Candidates web site regarding education:
“I spent a decade as the Department of Education’s regional representative in Denver so I do not say this lightly. Federal involvement should be limited. Educational control is best left in the hands of parents. A no-strings-attached voucher system would promote school choice, while competition for students would drive educational improvements at the institutional level. I also suggest schools return to a more traditional course of study and that the public focus shift to certain non-school factors, like parental involvement, which studies show are the most important determinants of student
Former Governor Tommy G. Thompson of Wisconsin
Governor Thompson has his education policy on his Republican Presidential Candidates web site a summary of his policy is as follows: he believes America must hold our schools to high standards from kindergarten through college while making sure all of our children have access to a world-class education, regardless of what neighborhood they live in or how much money their parents make. He believes Congress can make No Child Left Behind stronger, and do so without wavering on its core principles.