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Joel Dykstra on Education

Republican Challenger


Update education delivery with competition & accountability

The implementation of No Child Left Behind has yielded both positive and negative consequences. We must find ways to build on the successes of NCLB and address the flaws. Education delivery systems must be updated and re-engineered for a new century and must be made accountable for results. An old style, bureaucratic model based on protecting the status quo for unions and system insiders must be exposed to competition so parents and students can respond in ways that will reward innovation and results.
Source: Campaign website, www.joeldykstraforsenate.com, "Issues" Apr 4, 2008

Support voluntary prayer in public schools

Source: South Dakota State 2006 National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 2006

Voted for abstinence-only sex education

Dykstra voted for HB 1217 (Bill Passed 46-24): An Act to provide for the clarification of sexual abstinence instruction. [Vote to pass a bill that requires schools that teach sexual education to use abstinence-only curriculum in schools and allows sex education curriculum to be reviewed by any parent, legal guardian, or citizen. The bill prohibits educators from encouraging, promoting, or providing instruction on the use of contraceptives.]
Source: State legislative voting records Feb 7, 2006

Other candidates on Education: Joel Dykstra on other issues:
SD Gubernatorial:
Mike Rounds
SD Senatorial:
John Thune
Tim Johnson


2008 Senate retirements:

Wayne Allard(R,CO)
Larry Craig(R,ID)
Pete Domenici(R,NM)
Chuck Hagel(R,NE)
Trent Lott(R,MS)
Craig Thomas(R,WY)
John Warner(R,VA)

Incoming Obama Administration:

Pres.Barack Obama
V.P.Joe Biden
State:Hillary Clinton
HHS:Tom Daschle
Staff:Rahm Emanuel
DHS:Janet Napolitano
DOC:Bill Richardson
DoD:Robert Gates
A.G.:Eric Holder
Treas.:Tim Geithner
Winners of 2008 Senate Races:
( * if new to the Senate)
AK:*Begich over Stevens
AL:Sessions
AR:Pryor
CO:*Udall
DE:Biden and Kaufman
GA:Chambliss v.Martin (Dec. 2 runoff)
IA:Harkin
ID:*Risch
IL:Durbin
KS:Roberts
KY:McConnell
LA:Landrieu
MA:Kerry
ME:Collins
MI:Levin
MN:Coleman v.Franken (recounting as of Dec.1)
MS4:Wicker
MS6:Cochran
MT:Baucus
NC:*Hagan over Dole
NE:*Johanns
NH:*Shaheen over Sununu
NJ:Lautenberg
NM:*Udall
OK:Inhofe
OR:*Merkley over Smith
RI:Reed
SC:Graham
SD:Johnson
TN:Alexander
TX:Cornyn
VA:*Warner
WV:Rockefeller
WY4:Barrasso
WY6:Enzi
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Page last updated: Dec 02, 2008