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Jon Corzine on Education

Democratic Jr Senator (NJ)


Support charter schools

Source: 2000 Congressional National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 2000

Universal access to preschool and higher education

Q: You propose access to universal preschool and higher education. How much will all this cost?

A: Well, Iíll tell you one thing it wonít cost is the estimates that I see on [my opponent] Bob Franksís web site. Weíre talking about HOPE scholarships which provide access for middle-income families to higher education. Weíve used the same assumptions that Georgia used to start out, of the number of high school graduates, the number of people who apply to colleges, the number of people who go to colleges, maintain B averages over a period of time. And we come out with a $2.2 billion program on an annual basis. Congressman Franks is saying that will cost $58 billion.

Similarly when Iím talking about preschool I am talking about fully funding out Head Start. Making sure that the 55% of the kids who are eligible for Head Start actually have access at it. Thatíll cost about $5 billion a year and Congressman Franks is talking that this will cost about $38 billion a year.

Source: NJ Senatorial debate with Rep. Bob Franks Oct 9, 2000

Opposes parents choosing schools via vouchers

I will not support private school vouchers! Vouchers take resources away from the very schools that need them most. In fact, vouchers will break the bank by paying twice for the public's charge to educate our kids.
Source: Press Release, "A Bold Vision for Education", Aug 12 2000 Sep 19, 2000

Supports Organized Prayer In Public Schools

Children need to know more than the three R's. - they also need to know other R's like Respect and Responsibility. Every school should offer character education programs that promote values such as honesty, fairness, courage, respect and responsibility. Every child should be required to put their values into action by doing at least 75 hours of community service to qualify for a diploma.
Source: Web site VoteCorzine.org, "Community service" Sep 19, 2000

Universal right to public education, pre-school thru college

I want to build the best public school system in the world. Every child in this state has a right to a first-rate education, from pre-school through college, from our poorest cities to our wealthiest suburbs. But thatís not enough if quality public education is to become a universal right.
Source: Web site www.votecorzine.org Sep 12, 2000

Federal support & tax breaks for college tuition

Every American should have access to a college education, or vocational training or retraining. A high school education is no longer enough. States should be given federal support to pay all tuition fees at state public colleges. Parents should be allowed to contribute at least $2,000, not the current $500 limit, to tax-sheltered accounts for children under 18. Low-income families should receive a refundable tax credit of up to $2,500.
Source: Web site www.votecorzine.org Sep 12, 2000

Voted YES on shifting $11B from corporate tax loopholes to education.

Vote to adopt an amendment to the Senate's 2006 Fiscal Year Budget Resolution that would adjust education funding while still reducing the deficit by $5.4 billion. A YES vote would:
Reference: Kennedy amendment relative to education funding; Bill S AMDT 177 to S Con Res 18 ; vote number 2005-68 on Mar 17, 2005

Voted YES on funding smaller classes instead of private tutors.

Vote to authorize a federal program aimed at reducing class size. The plan would assist states and local education agencies in recruiting, hiring and training 100,000 new teachers, with $2.4 billion in fiscal 2002. This amendment would replace an amendme
Reference: Bill S1 ; vote number 2001-103 on May 15, 2001

Voted YES on funding student testing instead of private tutors.

Vote to pass an amendment that would authorize $200 million to provide grants to help states develop assessment systems that describe student achievement. This amendment would replace an amendment by Jeffords, R-VT, which would allow parents of under-per
Reference: Bill S1 ; vote number 2001-99 on May 10, 2001

Voted YES on spending $448B of tax cut on education & debt reduction.

Vote to reduce the size of the $1.6 trillion tax cut by $448 billion while increasing education spending by $250 billion and providing an increase of approximately $224 billion for debt reduction over 10 years.
Reference: Bill H Con Res 83 ; vote number 2001-69 on Apr 4, 2001

Rated 91% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes.

Corzine scores 91% by the NEA on public education issues

The National Education Association has a long, proud history as the nation's leading organization committed to advancing the cause of public education. Founded in 1857 "to elevate the character and advance the interests of the profession of teaching and to promote the cause of popular education in the United States," the NEA has remained constant in its commitment to its original mission as evidenced by the current mission statement:

To fulfill the promise of a democratic society, the National Education Association shall promote the cause of quality public education and advance the profession of education; expand the rights and further the interest of educational employees; and advocate human, civil, and economic rights for all.
In pursuing its mission, the NEA has determined that it will focus the energy and resources of its 2.7 million members toward the "promotion of public confidence in public education." The ratings are based on the votes the organization considered most important; the numbers reflect the percentage of time the representative voted the organization's preferred position.
Source: NEA website 03n-NEA on Dec 31, 2003

Other candidates on Education: Jon Corzine on other issues:
NJ Gubernatorial:
Jim McGreevey
Richard Codey
NJ Senatorial:
Bob Torricelli
Frank Lautenberg
Robert Menendez
Thomas Kean Jr.

2004 Presidential:
Pres.George W. Bush
Sen.John Kerry
Ralph Nader

2008 possibilities:

Sen.Hillary Clinton
Sen.John Edwards
Sen.Russ Feingold
Rudy Giuliani
V.P.Al Gore
Sen.Barack Obama
Sen.John McCain


2006 Senate retirements:
Jon Corzine(D,NJ)
Mark Dayton(DFL,MN)
Bill Frist(R,TN)
Jim Jeffords(I,VT)
Paul Sarbanes(D,MD)
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