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Tom Ridge on Education

Secretary of Homeland Defense; Former Republican Governor (PA)


More standards, and make them clear

On education, Ridge got $132 million to spend on computers in schools in 1995. In 1996 he got reform of teacher tenure and sabbaticals. He set up an advisory commission to produce rigorous standards that were so comprehensible that “parents can hang them on the refrigerator door and discuss them with their children. No jargon, no buzz words, no educational fads.”
Source: National Journal, the Almanac of American Politics , Jan 28, 2000

Teacher-led voluntary prayer is OK

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

State-wide student testing; teacher re-certification

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

More charters; push for school choice

In 1997 he got the legislature to create more charter schools. By a narrow margin, Ridge’s proposal for school choice failed in the legislature in his first term; he pressed again for choice in May 1999.
Source: National Journal, the Almanac of American Politics , Jan 28, 2000

Vouchers for private & religious schools

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

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