Mark Warner on Education
Democratic Jr Senator; previously Governor
Warner: The federal role in public education should be to provide the right incentives for underperforming schools and to work with states and localities to make sure we have an educated and competitive workforce. While I agree with the goals of No Child Left Behind, I think the policy has been poorly implemented. As governor, I was proud that we made the largest investment in public education in Virginia history. Over the course of my administration, the percentage of fully accredited public schools increased from 40 percent to 92 percent. Virginia students posted the highest math SAT score increase in the nation, and Virginia was recognized as a leader in areas ranging from high school reform to school efficiency.
Gilmore: I do not believe the "No Child Left Behind Act" is working and I believe we need to return those responsibilities to the states.
Warner, who was executive director of the Virginia Democratic Party when those comments were allegedly made, responded by noting that his sister home-schools her children and that he has long had a reputation for being a supporter of gun rights.
While Mark supports teachers being accountable for teaching the Standards of Learning, and students being accountable for learning, he knows that often a single test is not the best way to measure such accountability. Mark believes that teachers shouldn’t be held accountable for things they cannot control. Virginia’s standards should be tools to improve the education of our children - not clubs with which to punish schools.
Mark also believes that the SOL system should promote real learning and analytical problem solving skills, not just rote memorization.
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