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Mark Sanford on Education

Republican SC Governor; previously Representative (SC-1)

 


Supports merit pay for teachers

One of the bedrock principles of any market-based system is the notion of pay for performance. While we have been successful at raising the average pay for teachers in South Carolina and providing bonus pay for teacher certification, we need to do more to directly tie improved results in the classroom to increased pay for those results. Merit pay has shown positive results; instituting some form of merit pay for teachers is a goal of this administration.
Source: 2006 Gubernatorial website, SanfordForGovernor.com, “Issues” , Nov 7, 2006

Endorses teacher-led prayer & displaying Ten Commandments

Source: 2002 S.C. Gubernatorial National Political Awareness Test , Nov 1, 2002

Voted YES on allowing vouchers in DC schools.

Vote to create a non-profit corporation to administer federally-funded vouchers for low-income children in the District of Columbia.
Reference: Amendment introduced by Armey, R-TX; Bill HR 4380 ; vote number 1998-411 on Aug 6, 1998

Voted YES on vouchers for private & parochial schools.

Vote to pass a bill to allow states to use certain federal funds designated for elementary and secondary education to provide scholarships, or vouchers, to low-income families to send their children to private schools, including religious schools.
Reference: Bill sponsored by Riggs, R-CA; Bill HR 2746 ; vote number 1997-569 on Nov 4, 1997

Denounce the Common Core State Standards.

Sanford co-sponsored Resolution against Common Core

Congressional summary:: Strongly denouncing the President's coercion of States into adopting the Common Core State Standards by conferring preferences in Federal grants:

    Resolved, That it is the sense of the House of Representatives that--
  1. States and local educational agencies should maintain the right and responsibility of determining educational curricula;
  2. the Federal Government should not incentivize the adoption of common education standards; and
  3. no application process for any Federal grant funds should provide any preference for the adoption of the Common Core State Standards.

    Opponent's argument against (CoreStandards.org): The Common Core State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. 45 states have adopted the Common Core State Standards [not adopted in TX, NE, AK, MN, and VA]. The nation's governors and education commissioners, through their representative organizations the National Governors Association (NGA) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) led the development of the Common Core State Standards and continue to lead the initiative. Teachers, parents, school administrators and experts from across the country together with state leaders provided input into the development of the standards.

    Source: HRes.476 & SRes.345 14-HR0476 on Feb 11, 2014

    2016-17 Governor, House and Senate candidates on Education: Mark Sanford on other issues:
    SC Gubernatorial:
    Henry McMaster
    Lindsey Graham
    Mick Mulvaney
    Nikki Haley
    SC Senatorial:
    Brad Hutto
    Jay Stamper
    Jim DeMint
    Lee Bright
    Lindsey Graham
    Nancy Mace
    Rick Wade
    Thomas Ravenel

    Newly-elected Democrats taking office Jan.2017:
    AZ-1:O`Halleran(D)
    CA-17:Khanna(D)
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