State of Texas Archives: on Education


Elizabeth Ames Jones: Advocate of parental choice in education

As an advocate of parental choice in education, including charter schools and home schooling, I recognize the choice of parents in the education of their children. I believe that home schooling and charter schools are an integral components of that choice.

Simply put, education is one of the most important investments we can make in the future of Texas. Investing in Texas' universities will have an enormous impact on the Texas economy, quality of worker produced, and the job market the graduates are going into. Texas leaves $3.7 billion on the table annually in federal research dollars and venture capital because our existing Tier One institutions don't have the sufficient capacity. It is in Texas' best interests of have the very best universities for all of our children to attend.

Source: 2012 Senate campaign website, jonesfortexas.com, "Issues" May 1, 2012

David Dewhurst: Protect student's right to pray and reflect in schools

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst has worked with countless volunteers and activists across Texas in passing legislation that keeps our children safe and strengthens Texas families. A committed father and husband, Dewhurst will continue to fight for pro-family legislation in the U.S. Senate.
Source: 2012 Senate Campaign website, dewhurstfortexas.com, "Issues" Apr 1, 2012

Julian Castro: Take "Race to the Top" Funds despite governor's refusal

San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro rejected Gov. Rick Perry's rationale for refusing to apply for Race to the Top education grants, which could have been worth $700 million to the state's schools. "I would have taken the Race to the Top money if I was mayor dogcatcher, or whatever," Castro said. He shrugged off the notion that the potential windfall came with too many strings attached because, he said, "all federal money comes with strings attached."

Castro's advice to cities and communities that want federal funding but, due to friction between the state and the federal government, might find it hard to come by it was to cut out the middle man. "You need to make a direct pitch to the administration," he said.

Of course, another option is to change the middle man. The San Antonio mayoralty may be non-partisan, but Castro is a Democrat--and he thinks his party might have a shot in at least one statewide race this year: "With Gov. Perry," said Castro, "that's a race that will be very close."

Source: Reeve Hamilton in Texas Tribune, "Race to the Top" Feb 17, 2010

Rick Perry: No "Race to the Top" funding; too many strings attached

Perry today announced that Texas will not submit an application for federal Race to the Top education funds. Despite tremendous education successes, Texas' application would be penalized by the US Department of Education for refusing to commit to adopt national curriculum standards and tests.

"Texas is on the right path toward improved education, and we would be foolish and irresponsible to place our children's future in the hands of unelected bureaucrats and special interest groups thousands of miles away in Washington, virtually eliminating parents' participation in their children's education," Gov. Perry said. "If Washington were truly concerned about funding education with solutions that match local challenges, they would make the money available to states with no strings attached."

Through Race to the Top funding, the US Department of Education seems to be coercing states like Texas to abandon their own locally established curriculum standards in favor of adopting national standards.

Source: 2010 Texas Gubernatorial press release Jan 13, 2010

Rick Noriega: Scrap “No Child Left Behind”

Q: Do you favor scrapping “No Child Left Behind?”

A: Yes. Bush left the education community of Texas in a shambles of testing & failed accountability schemes; now we see his Administration doing the same to the nation’s schools. The best accountability is providing the federal funds to ensure quality teachers and staff and adequate materials, books and technology. Local school districts in Texas must be unfettered from the pressures of teaching the test and only worrying about arbitrary test scores.

Source: Democracy for Texas Questionnaire Response Mar 1, 2008

Joaquin Castro: More funds for schools, teachers, and college

Source: Texas 2006 Congressional National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 2006

George W. Bush: Teach values and moral responsibility in schools

Our children must also be educated in the values of our civil society. Some people think it’s inappropriate to make moral judgments anymore. Not me. We must be willing to draw a clear line between right and wrong. Those clear lines must be supported by political leaders, public schools and our public institutions. Educating our children about their moral and civil responsibilities will serve them-and the nation-every bit as well as the academic learning they require.
Source: Powell Lecture Series, Texas A&M Univ. Apr 6, 1998

George W. Bush: No-nonsense basic curriculum focusing on results

Our legacy must be to have the best public education system in the world. Our system must be based on high expectations and high standards for every child. It must be a system that focuses on no-nonsense, basic curriculum; a system that aligns authority and responsibility at the local level, a system that is flexible and encourages educational entrepreneurship. A system that focuses on results, not process. And a system that first and foremost teaches all our children to read.
Source: Powell Lecture Series, Texas A&M Univ. Apr 6, 1998

George W. Bush: Set clear goals, use early tests

We set clear goals: excellence in a core curriculum of reading, math, science, and social studies. We developed a diagnostic tool to help kindergarten through second grade teachers detect and correct reading problems early. We created a rigorous core curriculum that is knowledge-based, back-to-basics, and phonics-driven. A child who does not pass the reading portion of the TAAS test in the 3rd grade must receive appropriate intervention & instruction before moving to regular classes in the 4th grade.
Source: Texas Educators Conf., Austin TX Jan 27, 1998

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

Republicans:
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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