State of Pennsylvania Archives: on Education


Brian Fitzpatrick: Interest-free student loans for STEM and trades

[As part of the agenda for] "Opportunity for All": Guarantee interest-free student loans for Americans pursuing a career in the trades, a vocational-technical skill, or Science, Education, Math and Technology industries to position our nation as a leader in manufacturing and emerging careers of the future, which will create family-sustaining jobs.
Source: 2016 PA House campaign website BrianFitzpatrick.com Nov 8, 2016

Everett Stern: Let schools display the words "God Bless America"

Q: Do you support or oppose. `Keep God in the public sphere`?

A: Strongly Support:

Source: E-mail interview on 2016 PA Senate race with OnTheIssues Nov 2, 2015

Everett Stern: Freedom and choice of schools for parents & children

Q: Do you support or oppose. `Vouchers for school choice`?

A: Strongly Support. Parents and Children should have the freedom and choice of their school.

Source: E-mail interview on 2016 PA Senate race with OnTheIssues Nov 2, 2015

Katie McGinty: Strong Schools; Bright Futures:restore $1B in education cuts

Katie McGinty released her K-12 education plan--"Strong Schools. Bright Futures."--that reverses Governor Tom Corbett's $1 billion in education cuts, overhauls the school funding formula, provides expanded access to pre-K and full-time kindergarten, reduces class size, restores support for gifted students, and provides teachers with additional training. Katie's plan calls for:
Source: 2014 PA gubernatorial campaign website, KatieMcGinty.com Nov 1, 2014

Tom Smith: Get rid of the Department of Education

The moderator held a lightning round, where the candidates could only answer "yes," "no," or "abstain." All of the candidates said that they are pro-life, pro-second amendment, and would get rid of the Department of Education.
Source: PoliticsPA.com coverage of 2012 PA Senate debate Jan 21, 2012

Hillary Clinton: End predatory student college loan rates over 20%

Iím a strong supporter of early childhood education and universal pre-kindergarten. Iím against No Child Left Behind as it is currently operating. And I would end it, because we can do so much better to have an education system that really focuses in on [students].
Source: 2008 Philadelphia primary debate, on eve of PA primary Apr 16, 2008

Brendan Boyle: More funding for schools, teachers, and colleges

Source: 2004 PA Congressional National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 2004

Joseph Hoeffel: Voted to increase funding for No Child Left Behind 4 times

I voted four times to increase funding for No Child Left Behind. The Republicans defeated it each time. Specter voted against putting money behind the promises to improve public education.
Source: 2004 PA Senate debate, in Philadelphia Inquirer Oct 3, 2004

Tom Ridge: Teacher-led voluntary prayer is OK

Source: 1998 PA National Political Awareness Test Jul 2, 1998

Tom Ridge: State-wide student testing; teacher re-certification

Source: 1998 PA National Political Awareness Test Jul 2, 1998

Tom Ridge: Vouchers for private & religious schools

Source: 1998 PA National Political Awareness Test Jul 2, 1998

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