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Robert Sarvis on Education


Bad schools persist because politicians are in charge

Education is fundamental to Virginia's prosperity. Top-rate schools attract businesses and prepare our children for success. Unfortunately, our antiquated, top-down school system is increasingly misaligned with the future challenges young Virginians will face. Too many students graduate high school without life and job skills needed to succeed. Many others don't graduate at all.

Why does the status quo continue? Because politicians and bureaucrats are in charge, not parents and teachers. To prepare our children for the real world, we need to adopt a modern approach that is proven to work and built to last. This means two things:

  1. Parents, not politicians or bureaucrats, should be in charge of the education dollars spent on their children.
  2. Teachers need to be liberated from the politicized, bureaucratic status quo and rewarded for the educational value--student learning--they create.
Source: 2013 Virginia Governor campaign website, , Sep 21, 2013

Supports vouchers, tax credit, charters, & parental triggers

Source: 2013 Virginia Governor campaign website, , Sep 21, 2013

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Bob McDonnell
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VA Senatorial:
Mark Warner
Tim Kaine

Newly seated 2013:
IN: Mike Pence (R)
NC: Pat McCrory (R)
NH: Maggie Hassan (D)
MT: Steve Bullock (D)
WA: Jay Inslee (D)

Re-elected 2012:
DE: Jack Markell (D)
MO: Jay Nixon (D)
ND: Jack Dalrymple (R)
UT: Gary Herbert (R)
VT: Peter Shumlin (D)
WI: Scott Walker (R)
WV: Earl Ray Tomblin (D)

Up for election 2013:
NJ-R: Chris Christie
NJ-D: Barbara Buono
VA: Bob McDonnell(Retiring)
VA-R: Ken Cuccinelli
VA-D: Terry McAuliffe
Up for re-election 2014:
AK: Sean Parnell
AL: Robert Bentley
AR: Mike Beebe
AZ: Jan Brewer
CA: Jerry Brown
CO: John Hickenlooper
CT: Dan Malloy
FL: Rick Scott
GA: Nathan Deal
HI: Neil Abercrombie
IA: Terry Branstad
ID: Butch Otter
IL: Pat Quinn
KS: Sam Brownback
MA: Deval Patrick
MD: Martin O'Malley
ME: Paul LePage
MI: Rick Snyder
MN: Mark Dayton
NH: Maggie Hassan
NM: Susana Martinez
NV: Brian Sandoval
NY: Andrew Cuomo
OH: John Kasich
OK: Mary Fallin
OR: John Kitzhaber
PA: Tom Corbett
RI: Linc Chafee
SC: Nikki Haley
SD: Dennis Daugaard
TN: Bill Haslam
TX: Rick Perry
VT: Peter Shumlin
WI: Scott Walker
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