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Sam Clovis on Education

 


Supports vouchers, charters, and funds following students

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Vouchers for school choice"?

A: This is but one option. I support charter schools, local control, home schooling, funds following the student to whatever educational environment the parents choose.

Source: E-mail interview for 2014 Senate race with OnTheIssues.org , Jan 24, 2014

Common Core is federal overreach in spending and control

Sam Clovis took on the issue of Common Core ahead of a forum on the perils of one-size-fits-all national education standards. "One of the most important tenets of a conservative platform is parental local control of education. Unelected national bodies establishing education policy for the entire country is the opposite of local control," said Clovis. "These entities pay no price for being wrong yet we are subject to their mandated experiments."

Over 40 states, including Iowa, accepted Common Core standards when the federal government offered grants and No Child Left Behind waivers as part of Obama's Race To The Top stimulus spending. Bevin continued by saying that the outlandish expense alone is reason to oppose this federal overreach in education. "Establishing national standards, employing unproven testing, and administering suspicious assessment processes while conducting privacy-invading data mining runs counter to common sense governance and proven conservative principles."

Source: Caffeinated Thoughts on 2014 Iowa Senate race , Nov 22, 2013

FactCheck: Common Core originated with governors, not feds

Fact-Check on Sam Clovis' statement below: The Common Core State Standards originated with the National Governors Association and Council of Chief State School Officers. While these did not originate in the U.S. Department of Education as Sam suggests, the Department has been highly involved in funding the assessment consortiums (Smarter Balanced and PARCC) and pushing the implementation of these standards through the Race to the Top program and No Child Left Behind waivers.

Clovis said about the Common Core: "One of the most important tenets of a conservative platform is parental local control of education. Unelected national bodies [such as the federal Department of Education] establishing education policy for the entire country is the opposite of local control. Establishing national standards, employing unproven testing, and administering suspicious assessment processes while conducting privacy-invading data mining runs counter to common sense governance and proven conservative principles."

Source: Caffeinated Thoughts FactCheck on 2014 Iowa Senate race , Nov 22, 2013

Repeal No Child Left Behind and the Common Core

The Department of Education is too deeply involved in issues that should be decided at the state & local level. The current Common Core initiative should be struck down immediately and No Child Left Behind should be repealed. These programs have taken teaching out of the hands of teaching professionals and have forced behaviors that are damaging the learning environments in which we place our children. The federal government needs to get out of the education business of state and local jurisdictions.
Source: 2014 Senate campaign website, Iowans4SamClovis.com, "Issues" , Nov 11, 2013

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