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Mike Johanns on Education

Secretary of Agriculture; previously Republican NE Governor


Opposes “No Child Left Behind”--leave it to states

While we need to ensure our children are receiving the highest quality education, I did not support “No Child Left Behind” when I was Governor and I do not support it now. I support standards, but not the federal government dictating the standards for our state. I will push back on any attempts to implement more mandates on the states.
Source: Nebraska Congressional Election 2008 Political Courage Test , Jun 3, 2008

$27M for state colleges’ recruitment & diversity

    The investment I propose for the University and the State Colleges is aggressive. My budget provides an increase of over $26.6 million additional dollars in the first year of the budget with another $29.4 million added in the second year of the budget. At the same time, I challenge higher education in Nebraska, including the University, State Colleges, and Community Colleges, in three key areas:
  1. to encourage and actively recruit every Nebraska high school graduate to stay in Nebraska for his or her college education;
  2. to promote diversity among students and staff in higher education by actively recruiting students not only from across the United States but from around the world; and
  3. to promote collaboration, cooperation, and innovative partnerships which will ensure unparalleled educational opportunities for our students.
Source: 2001 State of the State Address to Nebraska Legislature , Jan 11, 2001

More teacher bonuses and incentives, locally decided

Source: 2001 State of the State Address to Nebraska Legislature , Jan 11, 2001

Don't count combat pay against free school lunch.

Johanns signed Military Family Nutrition Protection Act

A bill to amend the National School Lunch Act and the Child Nutrition Act of 1966 to require the exclusion of combat pay from income for purposes of determining eligibility for child nutrition programs and the special supplemental nutrition program for women, infants, and children.

Source: S.581 2009-S581 on Mar 12, 2009

Other governors on Education: Mike Johanns on other issues:
NE Gubernatorial:
Dave Heineman
NE Senatorial:
Ben Nelson

Newly seated 2010:
NJ Chris Christie
VA Bob McDonnell

Term-limited as of Jan. 2011:
AL Bob Riley
CA Arnold Schwarzenegger
GA Sonny Perdue
HI Linda Lingle
ME John Baldacci
MI Jennifer Granholm
NM Bill Richardson
OK Brad Henry
OR Ted Kulongoski
PA Ed Rendell
RI Donald Carcieri
SC Mark Sanford
SD Mike Rounds
TN Phil Bredesen
WY Dave Freudenthal
Newly Elected Nov. 2010:
AL: Robert Bentley (R)
CA: Jerry Brown (D)
CO: John Hickenlooper (D)
CT: Dan Malloy (D)
FL: Rick Scott (R)
GA: Nathan Deal (R)
HI: Neil Abercrombie (D)
IA: Terry Branstad (R)
KS: Sam Brownback (R)
ME: Paul LePage (R)
MI: Rick Snyder (R)
MN: Mark Dayton (D)
ND: Jack Dalrymple (R)
NM: Susana Martinez (R)
NV: Brian Sandoval (R)
NY: Andrew Cuomo (D)
OH: John Kasich (R)
OK: Mary Fallin (R)
PA: Tom Corbett (R)
RI: Lincoln Chafee (I)
SC: Nikki Haley (R)
SD: Dennis Daugaard (R)
TN: Bill Haslam (R)
VT: Peter Shumlin (D)
WI: Scott Walker (R)
WY: Matt Mead (R)
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Page last updated: Nov 23, 2011