State of Pennsylvania Archives: on Education

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: 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

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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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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