State of Oklahoma Archives: on Education

Matt Silverstein: Sufficiently fund public education, with national standards

We will never solve our nation's problems if we continue to fail our children in the classroom. Education is largely the responsibility of the state and Matt will support governance structures which hold leaders responsible, while giving them the tools to effectuate change. We should always have accountability to the local school districts and taxpayers.

Matt supports sufficiently funding education and setting clearly-articulated national standards and expectations for core subject areas, while allowing states and local districts to determine how best to make sure that all students are reaching those standards. Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics are critical to building a stronger, more qualified workforce and a stronger economy.

Source: 2014 Senate campaign website,, "Issues" Nov 11, 2013

Jim Bridenstine: No federal standards; local control & spending

Q: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms to be eligible for federal grants?

A: No. I support funding of education at the local level. The federal government should not be in the business of funding education or setting standards for the states to meet. Each state should oversee its own educational institutions. American citizens should not send money to Washington, DC to have it redistributed as the federal Department of Education deems appropriate.

Source: Oklahoma Congressional 2012 Political Courage Test Oct 30, 2012

Brad Henry: Don't siphon resources from our classrooms

We recognized the hard work of our teachers by increasing their pay and, for the first time in history, covering the full cost of teachers' health insurance. This helps Oklahoma attract and retain the quality teachers our students deserve, and it tells our teachers that we value their commitment.

Our progress in schools has been tremendous. I will not tolerate any effort to cut teacher pay or siphon resources from our classrooms, our students, or our future.

Source: Oklahoma 2010 State of the State Address Feb 1, 2010

Andrew Rice: Shift emphasis away from punishing underperforming school

Rice will work to improve the Elementary & Secondary Education Act to shift its emphasis away from punishment of underperforming school districts to a system that provides effective support to schools that need help. The current system shifts public dollars to the private sector through supplemental education services and private, for-profit takeovers of low performance schools. Rather than undermine the existing public school structure, he will work instead to reduce class sizes & other reforms.
Source: 2008 Senate campaign website “Details” Jul 11, 2008

Frank Keating: More funding for schools and colleges

Funding for common education, higher education and career education is at an all time high. We have funded more chairs in the higher education system than ever before, and this budget proposes to fund more, particularly in the technology areas, science and mathematics, in those areas where we are starved for available workers in Oklahoma to fill available jobs.
Source: 2001 State of the State address to Oklahoma legislature Feb 5, 2001

Frank Keating: Supported largest teacher pay raise in state history

Last year, together, we passed the largest pay raise in state history for teachers. No great surprise, our ACT scores have now defeated every state in the south. We have defeated Texas in something other than football for a change. Our ACT scores now beat Georgia, the Carolinas, Florida, Texas, and Tennessee, all of the states in the south. We have the number one ACT high school in the United States at the Oklahoma School of Science and Math, of which we are very, very proud.
Source: 2001 State of the State address to Oklahoma legislature Feb 5, 2001

Frank Keating: $80M in block grants to schools

    Today I propose a revolutionary system of block grants for schools that will encourage and reward success. These block grants [total] $80 million in three different areas:
  1. “Matching grants” to schools that cut administrative overhead and devote more dollars to spending in the classroom.
  2. “Reward grants” to recognize and support schools where learning is the focus.
  3. “Improvement grants,” to help districts achieve better performance and accountability to move toward the model, what I describe as a 21st Century School Model.
    Now, what will qualify for these grants?
  1. Are you offering and are you requiring that each student take six academic hours a day?
  2. Do you offer and do you require four years each of math, science, English, and social studies for every student?
  3. Have you ended social promotion?
  4. Is more money flowing to the classroom and less money going to administrative overhead?
  5. And most importantly of all, are your students learning?
Source: 2001 State of the State address to Oklahoma legislature Feb 5, 2001

Winona LaDuke: Supports increased funding for tribal colleges

“Tribal colleges, too, we need to see a amjor increase in funding for these institutions. One year’s funding from some weapon system or the drug war would fund all the tribal colleges for years.”
Source: Interview in Oklahoma Indian Times Jun 1, 2000

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2012 Presidential contenders on Education:
Pres.Barack Obama(IL)
V.P.Joe Biden(DE)

Gov.Mitt Romney(MA)
Rep.Paul Ryan(WI)
Third Parties:
Green: Dr.Jill Stein(MA)
Libertarian: Gov.Gary Johnson(NM)
Justice: Mayor Rocky Anderson(UT)
Constitution: Rep.Virgil Goode(VA)
Peace+Freedom: Roseanne Barr(HI)
Reform Party: André Barnett(NY)
AmericansElect: Gov.Buddy Roemer(LA)
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