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Rae Vogeler on Education

 


Prayer does not belong in public schools

Q: What do you think about permitting prayer in public schools?

A: Prayer belongs in places of worship and religious institutions, not public schools.

Source: Email interview with OnTheIssues.org Oct 1, 2006

Opposes parents choosing schools via vouchers or charters

Q: Your views on school vouchers?

A: Strongly Oppose. Stop weakening the public school system. School vouchers transfer money out of the public school system. Charter schools and the administration of public schools by private, for-profit entities have the same effect. These programs undercut the public school system and will only lead to a separate and unequal educational system.

Source: Email interview with OnTheIssues.org Oct 1, 2006

Increase teacher and staff pay

Our teachers are underpaid, overworked and rarely supplied with the resources necessary to do their work. It is time to stop disinvesting in education, and start placing it at the top of our social and economic agenda. [We should] increase teacher and staff pay. Teachers and other staff at the K-12 levels should be given professional status and salaries comparable to related professions requiring advanced education, training and responsibility. Increase pay for education assistants and other staff.
Source: Email interview with OnTheIssues.org Oct 1, 2006

Expand access to tuition-free post-secondary education

Expand access to post-secondary education: In an economy that demands higher skills and a democracy that depends on an informed, educated electorate, opportunities for universal higher education and life-long learning must be vastly expanded. Tuition-free post secondary (collegiate & vocational) public education should be available to all who have the desire to attend school, but not the financial means. Federal college scholarship aid should be increased and offered to any qualified student.
Source: Email interview with OnTheIssues.org Oct 1, 2006

Equalize school funding between districts

Equalize school funding. Educational funding formulas need to be adjusted to stop gross inequalities between districts and schools. Educational grants should provide balance to ensure equal educational access for minority, low income, special needs, and exceptional children.
Source: Email interview with OnTheIssues.org Oct 1, 2006

Repeal the "No Child Left Behind Act"

Repeal the "No Child Left Behind Act". There is plenty of evidence that this program is actually harming schools by defunding those that need extra resources, by leading school districts to tailor their education programs to the exams, and by curtailing innovative education programs.
Source: Email interview with OnTheIssues.org Oct 1, 2006

Get the military and corporations out of our schools

As schools have become defunded, they have looked to replace that revenue with corporate sponsorship. Schools should not be vehicles for commercial advertising--our children should not be sold to in the classroom. Schools must safeguard students' privacy rights and not make private student information available on corporate (or federal government) request. The military should not be given access to student records.
Source: Email interview with OnTheIssues.org Oct 1, 2006

Fund life-long adult education

Fund life-long adult education: Learning is a life long activity. It is doubly so in an economy that is changing as rapidly as ours is. Government should be helping to fund a host of innovative and critical educational efforts, such as bi-lingual education, continuing education, job retraining, mentoring and apprenticeship programs.
Source: Email interview with OnTheIssues.org Oct 1, 2006

Stop disinvesting in education

Support education and teachers. Our teachers are underpaid, overworked and rarely supplied with the resources necessary to do their work. It is time to stop disinvesting in education, and start placing it at the top of our social and economic agenda.
Source: Campaign website, www.voterae.org, "Platform" Jan 25, 2006

School vouchers and charters transfer money out

Stop weakening the public school system. School vouchers transfer money out of the public school system. Charter schools and the administration of public schools by private, for-profit entities have the same effect. These programs undercut the public school system and will only lead to a separate and unequal educational system.
Source: Campaign website, www.voterae.org, "Platform" Jan 25, 2006

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Jim Doyle
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Herbert Kohl
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