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Tom Foley on Education
Republican challenger: Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Tom Foley on other issues.
  • In-district public school choice, money follows the child. (Jun 2014)
  • Charters are part of the solution, but not whole solution. (Jun 2014)
  • Local control instead of Common Core mandates. (Jun 2014)
Dan Malloy on Education
Democratic Governor: Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Dan Malloy on other issues.
  • Had learning disability when there were no support programs. (Jan 2011)
  • Engage parents in local school governance councils. (Nov 2010)
  • Make public schools money follow children. (Nov 2010)
  • Charter schools provide options within the public system. (Nov 2010)
David Walker on Education
Republican Challengr for Lt. Governor: Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for David Walker on other issues.
  • More K-12 parental involvement and choice. (Jul 2014)
  • Vouchers ok, if they have proper protections in place. (Apr 2012)
  • No school prayer, but moment of silence ok. (Apr 2012)
  • Basic national standards; local control for curriculum. (Mar 2012)

Senate:

CT 2012: 2012 Connecticut Senate Debate


Richard Blumenthal on Education
Democratic Sr Senator: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Richard Blumenthal on other issues.
  • More resources for teaching as a profession. (Aug 2010)
  • Comprehensive sex ed for sexually-active adolescents. (Feb 2013)
Susan Bysiewicz on Education
Democratic Challenger (Lost primary): Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Susan Bysiewicz on other issues.
  • Hold colleges accountable for rising tuition. (May 2012)
  • Tie federal aid to schools' efforts to control tuition costs. (Apr 2012)
  • Improve our public schools as long-term job strategy. (Jul 2011)
Linda McMahon on Education
Republican Challenger: Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Linda McMahon on other issues.
  • 2009: Member of Connecticut Board of Education. (Aug 2010)
  • 2000: GET REAL program: promoted reading among children. (Aug 2010)
  • Supports competition, charters, and teacher review. (Jul 2010)
Chris Murphy on Education
Senate Challenger; Democratic Rep. (CT-5): Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for Chris Murphy on other issues.
  • Keep student loan rates at 3.4% instead of 6%. (Apr 2012)
  • Strengthen our country's public school system. (Jul 2011)
  • Voted NO on reauthorizing the DC opportunity scholarship program. (Mar 2011)
  • Voted YES on $40B for green public schools. (May 2009)
  • Voted YES on additional $10.2B for federal education & HHS projects. (Nov 2007)
Christopher Shays on Education
Republican Representative (CT-4): Click here for 14 full quotes OR click here for Christopher Shays on other issues.
  • Voted YES on additional $10.2B for federal education & HHS projects. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted YES on allowing Courts to decide on "God" in Pledge of Allegiance. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted YES on $84 million in grants for Black and Hispanic colleges. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted YES on allowing school prayer during the War on Terror. (Nov 2001)
  • Voted YES on requiring states to test students. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on allowing vouchers in DC schools. (Aug 1998)
  • Voted YES on vouchers for private & parochial schools. (Nov 1997)
  • Voted YES on giving federal aid only to schools allowing voluntary prayer. (Mar 1994)
  • Supports requiring schools to allow prayer. (Jan 2001)
  • Focus educational resources to help those with greatest need. (Jul 2001)
  • Require state standards, regular assessments, and sanctions. (Jul 2001)
  • Support Ed-Flex: more flexibility if more accountable. (Jul 2001)
  • Rated 25% by the NEA, indicating anti-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Make employee educational assistance tax-deductible. (Jan 1993)

House:


Joe Courtney on Education
Democrat: Click here for 6 full quotes OR click here for Joe Courtney on other issues.
  • No public funds diverted to private schools. (Nov 2006)
  • Voted NO on reauthorizing the DC opportunity scholarship program. (Mar 2011)
  • Voted YES on $40B for green public schools. (May 2009)
  • Voted YES on additional $10.2B for federal education & HHS projects. (Nov 2007)
  • Extend subsidized federal student loan rates until 2015. (Apr 2013)
  • Sponsored supporting the contributions of Catholic schools. (Jan 2013)
Rosa DeLauro on Education
Democratic Representative (CT-3): Click here for 18 full quotes OR click here for Rosa DeLauro on other issues.
  • Voted NO on reauthorizing the DC opportunity scholarship program. (Mar 2011)
  • Voted YES on $40B for green public schools. (May 2009)
  • Voted YES on additional $10.2B for federal education & HHS projects. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted YES on allowing Courts to decide on "God" in Pledge of Allegiance. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted YES on $84 million in grants for Black and Hispanic colleges. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted NO on allowing school prayer during the War on Terror. (Nov 2001)
  • Voted YES on requiring states to test students. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on allowing vouchers in DC schools. (Aug 1998)
  • Voted NO on vouchers for private & parochial schools. (Nov 1997)
  • Voted NO on giving federal aid only to schools allowing voluntary prayer. (Mar 1994)
  • Opposes requiring schools to allow school prayer. (Jan 2001)
  • Rated 100% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Sponsored bill $25B to renovate or repair elementary schools. (Sep 2011)
  • Comprehensive sex ed for sexually-active adolescents. (Mar 2013)
  • Sponsored extending subsidized federal student loan rates until 2015. (Apr 2013)
  • Sponsored supporting the contributions of Catholic schools. (Jan 2013)
  • Make employee educational assistance tax-deductible. (Jan 1993)
  • Supported funding for teacher training & other initiatives. (Jul 1999)
Elizabeth Esty on Education
Democrat (District 5): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Elizabeth Esty on other issues.
  • Our schools and teachers need our full support. (Nov 2012)
  • Sponsored extending subsidized federal student loan rates until 2015. (Apr 2013)
Jim Himes on Education
Democrat (District 4): Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Jim Himes on other issues.
  • Voted NO on reauthorizing the DC opportunity scholarship program. (Mar 2011)
  • Voted YES on $40B for green public schools. (May 2009)
  • Sponsored extending subsidized federal student loan rates until 2015. (Apr 2013)
John Larson on Education
Democratic Representative (CT-1): Click here for 11 full quotes OR click here for John Larson on other issues.
  • Voted NO on reauthorizing the DC opportunity scholarship program. (Mar 2011)
  • Voted YES on $40B for green public schools. (May 2009)
  • Voted YES on additional $10.2B for federal education & HHS projects. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted YES on allowing Courts to decide on "God" in Pledge of Allegiance. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted YES on $84 million in grants for Black and Hispanic colleges. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted NO on allowing school prayer during the War on Terror. (Nov 2001)
  • Offer every parent Charter Schools and public school choice. (Aug 2000)
  • Reduce class size to 18 children in grades 1 to 3. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 100% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
  • $25B to renovate or repair elementary schools. (Sep 2011)
  • Sponsored extending subsidized federal student loan rates until 2015. (Apr 2013)

Former candidates & officeholders:


Jodi Rell on Education
Republican CT Governor: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Jodi Rell on other issues.
  • Supports Head Start & early childhood education. (Nov 2006)
  • Participate in federal program Race to the Top. (Mar 2010)
Joseph Lieberman on Education
Democratic Jr Senator (CT, retiring 2012), ran for V.P. with Gore, ran for president 2004: Click here for 35 full quotes OR click here for Joseph Lieberman on other issues.
  • Young people need a better public education. (Jan 2004)
  • Broad-based sexual education is important. (Nov 2003)
  • We must commit money to improve education. (Oct 2000)
  • Non-sectarian moment of silence OK in public schools. (Sep 2000)
  • More funding & more local responsibility for public schools. (Nov 1999)
  • More flexibility for more accountable results. (Nov 1999)

    School Choice

  • Supports vouchers that don’t take money from public schools. (Jan 2004)
  • Support public school choice; experiment with private choice. (Jan 2004)
  • Keep vouchers out of reforms, so reforms can get done. (Jan 2001)
  • Would advocate vouchers privately, but support Gore publicly. (Aug 2000)
  • Supports charter schools, private education savings accounts. (Aug 2000)
  • Choice won’t “ruin” schools; they’re already in ruins. (Aug 2000)
  • Lieberman’s view on vouchers closer to Bush’s than Gore’s? (Aug 2000)

    Voting Record

  • Voted against school prayer; for condom distribution. (Mar 2000)
  • Voted for vouchers; against block grants. (Mar 2000)
  • Voted YES on additional $10.2B for federal education & HHS projects. (Oct 2007)
  • Voted YES on $52M for "21st century community learning centers". (Oct 2005)
  • Voted YES on $5B for grants to local educational agencies. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted YES on shifting $11B from corporate tax loopholes to education. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted YES on funding smaller classes instead of private tutors. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on funding student testing instead of private tutors. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on spending $448B of tax cut on education & debt reduction. (Apr 2001)
  • Voted YES on Educational Savings Accounts. (Mar 2000)
  • Voted YES on declaring memorial prayers and religious symbols OK at schools. (May 1999)
  • Voted NO on allowing more flexibility in federal school rules. (Mar 1999)
  • Voted YES on education savings accounts. (Jun 1998)
  • Voted YES on school vouchers in DC. (Sep 1997)
  • Voted NO on $75M for abstinence education. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted NO on requiring schools to allow voluntary prayer. (Jul 1994)
  • Voted YES on national education standards. (Feb 1994)
  • Offer every parent Charter Schools and public school choice. (Aug 2000)
  • Firmly opposed to Bush’s voucher proposal. (Jan 2001)
  • Three R’s: $35B for Reinvestment,Reinvention,Responsibility. (Jan 2001)
  • Rated 86% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Support the goals and ideals of Charter Schools. (May 2007)
Chris Murphy on Education
Senate Challenger; Democratic Rep. (CT-5): Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for Chris Murphy on other issues.
  • Keep student loan rates at 3.4% instead of 6%. (Apr 2012)
  • Strengthen our country's public school system. (Jul 2011)
  • Voted NO on reauthorizing the DC opportunity scholarship program. (Mar 2011)
  • Voted YES on $40B for green public schools. (May 2009)
  • Voted YES on additional $10.2B for federal education & HHS projects. (Nov 2007)
John Rowland on Education
Former Republican Governor (1995-2004): Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for John Rowland on other issues.
  • Focus educational resources to help those with greatest need. (Jul 2001)
  • Require state standards, regular assessments, and sanctions. (Jul 2001)
  • Support Ed-Flex: more flexibility if more accountable. (Jul 2001)
Gary Franks on Education
Republican Former (1994-) (District 5): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Gary Franks on other issues.
  • Voted YES on giving federal aid only to schools allowing voluntary prayer. (Mar 1994)
Nancy Lee Johnson on Education
Former Republican challenger, U.S.Rep.: Click here for 12 full quotes OR click here for Nancy Lee Johnson on other issues.
  • Voted YES on allowing Courts to decide on "God" in Pledge of Allegiance. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted YES on $84 million in grants for Black and Hispanic colleges. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted YES on allowing school prayer during the War on Terror. (Nov 2001)
  • Voted YES on requiring states to test students. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on allowing vouchers in DC schools. (Aug 1998)
  • Voted NO on vouchers for private & parochial schools. (Nov 1997)
  • Voted NO on giving federal aid only to schools allowing voluntary prayer. (Mar 1994)
  • Focus educational resources to help those with greatest need. (Jul 2001)
  • Require state standards, regular assessments, and sanctions. (Jul 2001)
  • Support Ed-Flex: more flexibility if more accountable. (Jul 2001)
  • Rated 50% by the NEA, indicating a mixed record on public education. (Dec 2003)
  • Supported funding for teacher training & other initiatives. (Jul 1999)
Miriam Masullo on Education
2004 former Republican challenger: Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Miriam Masullo on other issues.
  • Protect the Pledge of Allegiance. (Aug 2004)
  • School choice and charter schools work for our children. (May 2004)
  • Eliminate the federal Department of Education. (May 2004)
Jack Orchulli on Education
2004 former Republican challenger: Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Jack Orchulli on other issues.
  • Increasing education funding for No Child Left Behind. (Oct 2004)
  • Give parents a choice in education. (Oct 2004)
  • Hold students, teachers, and parents accountable. (Oct 2004)
  • National standards combined with local community control. (Aug 2004)
Rob Simmons on Education
2010 Senate Challenger (lost GOP primary); formerly US Rep.: Click here for 8 full quotes OR click here for Rob Simmons on other issues.
  • Voted YES on allowing Courts to decide on "God" in Pledge of Allegiance. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted YES on $84 million in grants for Black and Hispanic colleges. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted YES on allowing school prayer during the War on Terror. (Nov 2001)
  • Voted YES on requiring states to test students. (May 2001)
  • Focus educational resources to help those with greatest need. (Jul 2001)
  • Require state standards, regular assessments, and sanctions. (Jul 2001)
  • Support Ed-Flex: more flexibility if more accountable. (Jul 2001)
  • Rated 58% by the NEA, indicating a mixed record on public education. (Dec 2003)
Chris Dodd on Education
Democratic Sr Senator (CT): Click here for 26 full quotes OR click here for Chris Dodd on other issues.
  • Parents are the first teachers. (Dec 2007)
  • Education is the heart of who we are. (Dec 2007)
  • Merit pay for poor areas ok; not for better neighborhoods. (Nov 2007)
  • Named “Senator of the Decade” by the Head Start Association. (Oct 2007)
  • Advocate for free community-college education. (Sep 2007)
  • Incentive pay for tougher schools, but not performance pay. (Aug 2007)
  • Daughter attends public school. (Jul 2007)
  • Reform No Child Left Behind to invest in failing schools. (Jul 2007)
  • Tragedy that Supreme Court overturns Brown desegregation. (Jul 2007)
  • Shame of resegregation has been occurring in our schools. (Jun 2007)
  • Highest priority is equal educational opportunity. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted YES on $52M for "21st century community learning centers". (Oct 2005)
  • Voted YES on $5B for grants to local educational agencies. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted YES on shifting $11B from corporate tax loopholes to education. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted YES on funding smaller classes instead of private tutors. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on funding student testing instead of private tutors. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on spending $448B of tax cut on education & debt reduction. (Apr 2001)
  • Voted NO on Educational Savings Accounts. (Mar 2000)
  • Voted NO on allowing more flexibility in federal school rules. (Mar 1999)
  • Voted NO on education savings accounts. (Jun 1998)
  • Voted NO on school vouchers in DC. (Sep 1997)
  • Voted NO on $75M for abstinence education. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted NO on requiring schools to allow voluntary prayer. (Jul 1994)
  • Voted YES on national education standards. (Feb 1994)
  • More foreign languages courses and exchange students. (Feb 2001)
  • Rated 82% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
Sam Gejdenson on Education
Democrat (District 2): Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Sam Gejdenson on other issues.
  • Voted NO on allowing vouchers in DC schools. (Aug 1998)
  • Voted NO on vouchers for private & parochial schools. (Nov 1997)
  • Voted NO on giving federal aid only to schools allowing voluntary prayer. (Mar 1994)
  • Make employee educational assistance tax-deductible. (Jan 1993)
Nancy Lee Johnson on Education
Republican (District 6): Click here for 12 full quotes OR click here for Nancy Lee Johnson on other issues.
  • Voted YES on allowing Courts to decide on "God" in Pledge of Allegiance. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted YES on $84 million in grants for Black and Hispanic colleges. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted YES on allowing school prayer during the War on Terror. (Nov 2001)
  • Voted YES on requiring states to test students. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on allowing vouchers in DC schools. (Aug 1998)
  • Voted NO on vouchers for private & parochial schools. (Nov 1997)
  • Voted NO on giving federal aid only to schools allowing voluntary prayer. (Mar 1994)
  • Focus educational resources to help those with greatest need. (Jul 2001)
  • Require state standards, regular assessments, and sanctions. (Jul 2001)
  • Support Ed-Flex: more flexibility if more accountable. (Jul 2001)
  • Rated 50% by the NEA, indicating a mixed record on public education. (Dec 2003)
  • Supported funding for teacher training & other initiatives. (Jul 1999)
Barbara Bailey Kennelly on Education
Democrat (District 1): Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Barbara Bailey Kennelly on other issues.
  • Voted NO on allowing vouchers in DC schools. (Aug 1998)
  • Voted NO on vouchers for private & parochial schools. (Nov 1997)
  • Voted NO on giving federal aid only to schools allowing voluntary prayer. (Mar 1994)
Barbara Kennelly on Education
Democrat (retired 1998) (District 1): Click here for Barbara Kennelly on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Ned Lamont on Education
Democratic Challenger: Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Ned Lamont on other issues.
  • Teaching creationism blurs the line between church & state. (May 2006)
  • Vouchers are not the answer; more support is. (May 2006)
  • Increase funding for a 21st century education system. (Apr 2006)
  • Vouchers distract from strong community public school system. (Mar 2006)
Jim Maloney on Education
Democrat (retired) (District 5): Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Jim Maloney on other issues.
  • Voted YES on requiring states to test students. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on allowing vouchers in DC schools. (Aug 1998)
  • Voted NO on vouchers for private & parochial schools. (Nov 1997)
  • Reduce class size to 18 children in grades 1 to 3. (Mar 2001)
Alan Schlesinger on Education
Republican Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Alan Schlesinger on other issues.
  • Allow vouchers at private & parochial schools. (Oct 2006)
Christopher Shays on Education
Republican Representative (CT-4): Click here for 14 full quotes OR click here for Christopher Shays on other issues.
  • Voted YES on additional $10.2B for federal education & HHS projects. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted YES on allowing Courts to decide on "God" in Pledge of Allegiance. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted YES on $84 million in grants for Black and Hispanic colleges. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted YES on allowing school prayer during the War on Terror. (Nov 2001)
  • Voted YES on requiring states to test students. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on allowing vouchers in DC schools. (Aug 1998)
  • Voted YES on vouchers for private & parochial schools. (Nov 1997)
  • Voted YES on giving federal aid only to schools allowing voluntary prayer. (Mar 1994)
  • Supports requiring schools to allow prayer. (Jan 2001)
  • Focus educational resources to help those with greatest need. (Jul 2001)
  • Require state standards, regular assessments, and sanctions. (Jul 2001)
  • Support Ed-Flex: more flexibility if more accountable. (Jul 2001)
  • Rated 25% by the NEA, indicating anti-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Make employee educational assistance tax-deductible. (Jan 1993)
Rob Simmons on Education
Republican (District 2): Click here for 8 full quotes OR click here for Rob Simmons on other issues.
  • Voted YES on allowing Courts to decide on "God" in Pledge of Allegiance. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted YES on $84 million in grants for Black and Hispanic colleges. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted YES on allowing school prayer during the War on Terror. (Nov 2001)
  • Voted YES on requiring states to test students. (May 2001)
  • Focus educational resources to help those with greatest need. (Jul 2001)
  • Require state standards, regular assessments, and sanctions. (Jul 2001)
  • Support Ed-Flex: more flexibility if more accountable. (Jul 2001)
  • Rated 58% by the NEA, indicating a mixed record on public education. (Dec 2003)

                                                                                                                                                                               
  


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