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Charlie Baker on Education
Republican nominee for Governor: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Charlie Baker on other issues.
  • Increase charter, magnet, and alternative public schools. (Nov 2010)
  • Teachers' unions put their own interests above students'. (Oct 2010)
Don Berwick on Education
Democratic Gubernatorial Challenger: Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Don Berwick on other issues.
  • Student loan forgiveness for grads entering some professions. (Jun 2014)
  • Increase "in-district" charter schools; but not for-profit. (Feb 2014)
  • Absolutely universal access to the best schooling. (Feb 2014)
  • Teachers are not the problem; they are the solution. (Jan 2014)
Martha Coakley on Education
Democratic Challenger : Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Martha Coakley on other issues.
  • Supports well-funded public education system. (Nov 2009)
  • Concerned about financial impact of charter schools. (Nov 2009)
Tom Menino on Education
Mayor of Boston: Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Tom Menino on other issues.
  • First mayor to gain control of big-city school system. (Feb 2011)
  • In-district charter schools and raise charter cap. (Jun 2009)
  • Performance pay for teachers in Boston public schools. (Jun 2009)
  • Longstanding opponent of publicly funded tuition vouchers. (Dec 2005)
Deval Patrick on Education
Democrat: Click here for 13 full quotes OR click here for Deval Patrick on other issues.
  • Invest in education, innovation, infrastructure. (Jan 2013)
  • Favors MCAS, but not as only measure of education reform. (Sep 2006)
  • Incentives & merit pay on school-wide basis only. (Sep 2006)
  • Veto moratorium, but cap charters until funding is reformed. (Sep 2006)
  • Supports unionized Horace Mann charter over regular charters. (Jun 2006)
  • Supports MCAS but would add a science test and other tests. (Jun 2006)
  • Cap charter schools until funding formulas improved. (Apr 2006)
  • Expand early education opportunities. (Sep 2005)
  • Extend the school day, and explore extending the school year. (Sep 2005)
  • Reduce class sizes; offer more after-school programs. (Sep 2005)
  • Supports charter schools. (Sep 2005)
  • Improve assessment tools including MCAS and beyond. (Sep 2005)
  • Reinvest in public higher education. (Sep 2005)
Marty Walsh on Education
Mayor of Boston: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Marty Walsh on other issues.
  • Further raise public confidence in Boston Public Schools. (Nov 2013)
  • Supported federal school breakfast supplement. (Jul 2003)
Dan Wolf on Education
Democratic Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Dan Wolf on other issues.
  • Serving on board of Sturgis Charter. (Nov 2012)

Senate:

MA 2014: 2014 MA Senate debate


Martha Coakley on Education
Democratic Gubernatorial Challenger: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Martha Coakley on other issues.
  • Supports well-funded public education system. (Nov 2009)
  • Concerned about financial impact of charter schools. (Nov 2009)
Mo Cowan on Education
Democratic Appointee: Click here for Mo Cowan on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Gabriel Gomez on Education
Republican Challenger: Click here for Gabriel Gomez on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Brian Herr on Education
Republican Senate Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Brian Herr on other issues.
  • Schools are best run at the local level; end Dept. of Ed. (Aug 2010)
John Kerry on Education
Jr Senator (MA), Democratic nominee for President: Click here for 34 full quotes OR click here for John Kerry on other issues.
  • FactCheck: Bush increased Pell Grants, but not as promised. (Oct 2004)
  • People qualify for Pell Grants because they don’t have money. (Oct 2004)
  • Bush’s cut the Pell Grants and the Perkins Loans for college. (Oct 2004)
  • Bush broke promise to pay for No Child Left Behind. (Oct 2004)
  • FactCheck: Bush never promised to fully fund NCLB. (Oct 2004)
  • Fully fund No Child Left Behind. (Oct 2004)
  • Invest in the children, not the prison system. (Jul 2004)
  • Chides Bush for not fully funding No Child Left Behind. (May 2004)
  • Roll back tax cuts for rich to fund education. (May 2004)
  • National Education Trust Fund: fully fund mandated standards. (Mar 2004)
  • Measure learning, but with flexible standards. (Feb 2004)
  • Vouchers drain resources from public schools. (Jan 2004)
  • Stop viewing charter schools as threatening innovation. (Oct 2003)
  • Nothing good about vouchers can’t be done in public schools. (Oct 2003)
  • Providing student loans for college kids is an ethical issue. (Oct 1996)

    Voting Record

  • Supported “No Child Left Behind,” but Bush reneged. (Oct 2003)
  • 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 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)
  • Offer every parent Charter Schools and public school choice. (Aug 2000)
  • Three R’s: $35B for Reinvestment,Reinvention,Responsibility. (Jan 2001)
  • More foreign languages courses and exchange students. (Feb 2001)
  • Rated 100% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
Ed Markey on Education
Democratic Representative (MA-7): Click here for 14 full quotes OR click here for Ed Markey 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)
  • Reduce class size to 18 children in grades 1 to 3. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 92% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Sponsored extending subsidized federal student loan rates until 2015. (Apr 2013)
  • Make employee educational assistance tax-deductible. (Jan 1993)
Bruce Skarin on Education
Independent Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Bruce Skarin on other issues.
  • Minimize standardized testing; maximize public resources. (Mar 2014)
Elizabeth Warren on Education
Democratic Challenger: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Elizabeth Warren on other issues.
  • Focus on public schools & public universities. (Sep 2011)
  • Comprehensive sex ed for sexually-active adolescents. (Oct 2013)

House:


Michael Capuano on Education
Democratic Representative (MA-8): Click here for 11 full quotes OR click here for Michael Capuano on other issues.
  • Charters ok, if they don't take money from public schools. (Nov 2008)
  • Education standards should focus on numeracy and literacy. (Nov 2008)
  • 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)
  • Reduce class size to 18 children in grades 1 to 3. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 90% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
Katherine Clark on Education
Democrat (District 5): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Katherine Clark on other issues.
  • Support early intervention and early childhood education. (Oct 2013)
Bill Keating on Education
Democrat (District 9): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Bill Keating on other issues.
  • Voted NO on reauthorizing the DC opportunity scholarship program. (Mar 2011)
Joe Kennedy III on Education
Democrat (District 4): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Joe Kennedy III on other issues.
  • I support the President's Race to the Top program. (Oct 2012)
  • Supports federal grants for education reforms. (Sep 2012)
Jim McGovern on Education
Democratic Representative (MA-3): Click here for 14 full quotes OR click here for Jim McGovern 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)
  • Reduce class size to 18 children in grades 1 to 3. (Mar 2001)
  • Opposes requiring schools to allow school prayer. (Jan 2001)
  • Rated 100% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Comprehensive sex ed for sexually-active adolescents. (Mar 2013)
  • Sponsored extending subsidized federal student loan rates until 2015. (Apr 2013)
Richard Neal on Education
Democratic Representative (MA-2): Click here for 12 full quotes OR click here for Richard Neal 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)
  • Rated 100% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Make employee educational assistance tax-deductible. (Jan 1993)
John Tierney on Education
Democratic Representative (MA-6): Click here for 14 full quotes OR click here for John Tierney 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)
  • Reduce class size to 18 children in grades 1 to 3. (Mar 2001)
  • Opposes requiring schools to allow school prayer. (Jan 2001)
  • Rated 83% 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)
Richard Tisei on Education
Middlesex & Essex Republican (MA Senate): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Richard Tisei on other issues.
  • Opposed federal school breakfast supplement. (Jul 2003)
Niki Tsongas on Education
Democrat: Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Niki Tsongas 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)

Former candidates & officeholders:


Steve Grossman on Education
Democratic Challenger: Click here for 9 full quotes OR click here for Steve Grossman on other issues.
  • More funding for K-12 & public higher education. (Dec 2013)
  • Universities should invest in student housing. (Dec 2001)
  • Universal access to pre-school for all 3 & 4-year-olds. (Dec 2001)
  • Teacher Corps: free UMass degree for 5 years of teaching. (Dec 2001)
  • Help more families save for college. (Dec 2001)
  • More focus on Adult Education and ESL. (Dec 2001)
  • Partner community colleges with local businesses. (Dec 2001)
  • Address skills gap: partner colleges with local businesses. (Nov 1999)
  • Community colleges should partner with local business. (Nov 1999)
Bill Weld on Education
Previous Republican Governor: Click here for Bill Weld on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Ted Kennedy on Education
Democratic Sr Senator (MA): Click here for 17 full quotes OR click here for Ted Kennedy on other issues.
  • Shepherded Bush's "No Child Left Behind" through Congress. (Nov 2010)
  • Worked with George W. Bush on No Child Left Behind. (Nov 2010)
  • Steadfast opponent of vouchers. (Jan 2001)
  • 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)
  • Rated 82% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
Bob Massie on Education
Former Democratic Senate Challenger (2011): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Bob Massie on other issues.
  • All kids deserve first-rate public education. (Jul 2011)
Setti Warren on Education
Former Democratic Senate Challenger (2011): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Setti Warren on other issues.
  • Public education is cornerstone of equal opportunity. (Jul 2011)
Barney Frank on Education
Democratic Representative (MA-4): Click here for 12 full quotes OR click here for Barney Frank 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 NO 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)
  • Reduce class size to 18 children in grades 1 to 3. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 92% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
Steve Lynch on Education
Democratic Representative (MA-9): Click here for 10 full quotes OR click here for Steve Lynch on other issues.
  • Improve education through increased funding. (Sep 2001)
  • Supports small classes, charter schools, better facilities. (Aug 2001)
  • Voted NO on reauthorizing the DC opportunity scholarship program. (Mar 2011)
  • Voted YES on $40B for green public schools. (May 2009)
  • 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)
  • Rated 100% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Sponsored 10/10 Loan Forgiveness: cancel college loans after 10 years. (Apr 2013)
  • Sponsored extending subsidized federal student loan rates until 2015. (Apr 2013)
Ed Markey on Education
Democratic Representative (MA-7): Click here for 14 full quotes OR click here for Ed Markey 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)
  • Reduce class size to 18 children in grades 1 to 3. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 92% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Sponsored extending subsidized federal student loan rates until 2015. (Apr 2013)
  • Make employee educational assistance tax-deductible. (Jan 1993)
John Olver on Education
Democratic Representative (MA-1): Click here for 13 full quotes OR click here for John Olver 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)
  • Rated 100% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
  • $25B to renovate or repair elementary schools. (Sep 2011)
  • Make employee educational assistance tax-deductible. (Jan 1993)
Tom Birmingham on Education
Democratic Challenger 2002: Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for Tom Birmingham on other issues.
  • $106M yearly for early childhood education. (Nov 2001)
  • $55M in new school building projects this year. (Nov 2001)
  • Every student can attend college for $500 per year. (Nov 2001)

    School Choice

  • Strong advocate for strengthening public schools. (Nov 2001)
  • Equal educational opportunity regardless of where kids live. (Nov 2001)
Paul Celucci on Education
Former Republican Governor (1999-2001): Click here for Paul Celucci on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Chris Gabrieli on Education
Democratic 2006 Challenger: Click here for 7 full quotes OR click here for Chris Gabrieli on other issues.
  • Support charter schools: opportunity for innovation & choice. (Sep 2006)
  • Started the 2020 Foundation to innovate in schools. (Jun 2006)
  • Local solutions & state cooperation to keep kids in school. (Jun 2006)
  • Extend the school day. (Jun 2006)
  • More state funding and tax breaks for college costs. (Jun 2006)
  • Supports charter schools and calls them successful. (Jun 2006)
  • More charter schools and individual merit pay. (Apr 2006)
Kerry Healey on Education
Former GOP 2006 Challenger: Click here for 6 full quotes OR click here for Kerry Healey on other issues.
  • Strong supporter of the MCAS and standards. (Sep 2006)
  • Merit pay for best teachers & those at most-needed schools. (Sep 2006)
  • Strong backer of more charter schools. (Jun 2006)
  • Raise mandatory age to 18 with incentives to stay in school. (Apr 2006)
  • Higher percent of spending in classrooms & teachers. (Apr 2006)
  • No in-state tuition break for illegal immigrants. (Jan 2006)
Carla Howell on Education
Libertarian Challenger Governor (MA); 2000 Challenger for Senate: Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Carla Howell on other issues.
  • No federal money for education, and no federal rules. (Sep 2000)
  • Federal government out of education. (Jan 2000)
  • $10,000 “voucher” via ending income tax. (Sep 2000)
Christy Mihos on Education
Former Independent Challenger 2006: Click here for 6 full quotes OR click here for Christy Mihos on other issues.
  • MCAS has become a weapon against public education. (Sep 2006)
  • No state-based merit pay; let cities & towns decide. (Sep 2006)
  • Favors chartre schools at the current cap. (Jul 2006)
  • No fees for school buses or school sports. (Jul 2006)
  • Supports charters, but keep the cap for now. (Jun 2006)
  • More state funding for schools, to relieve local funding. (Jun 2006)
Shannon O'Brien on Education
Democratic Challenger 2002: Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Shannon O'Brien on other issues.
  • Training & resources for standards-based school environment. (Feb 2002)
  • Introduced U.Fund, tax-subsidized savings plan for college. (Dec 2001)
  • Established U.Fund, tax incentive for college savings. (Nov 2001)
Robert Reich on Education
Former Dem. Challenger 2002, and Cabinet Sec'y: Click here for 18 full quotes OR click here for Robert Reich on other issues.
  • Progressive vouchers: $14K for poor kids; $2K for rich kids. (Apr 2011)
  • Public higher education is waning under budget constraints. (May 2002)
  • Let any school enroll poor kids and funds that go with them. (May 2002)
  • Progressive vouchers: more resources for poorer kids. (May 2002)
  • One big high-stakes test seems grossly unfair. (May 2002)
  • Universal high-quality K-14 education; expand from K-12. (May 2002)
  • School districts are self-sorting, whether public or private. (Feb 2002)
  • Variable vouchers to avoid self-sorting mechanisms. (Feb 2002)
  • We must prepare workforce for new economy. (Jan 2002)
  • Community Colleges are unsung heroes of workers. (Jan 2002)
  • Combine knowledge (know-how) with wisdom (know-why). (Jun 2001)
  • Grant $60,000 nest egg to high school graduates. (Mar 2001)
  • Standardized tests are too one-size-fits-all for many kids. (Jul 2000)
  • New economy skills not measured by standardized tests. (Jul 2000)

    School Choice

  • Give poor kids a choice, but not via vouchers. (Mar 2002)
  • Never supported vouchers, despite interpretation that way. (Mar 2002)
  • Poorest children should get largest vouchers. (Feb 2001)
  • $10,000 vouchers for poor kids in private & charter schools. (Sep 2000)
Tom Reilly on Education
Former Dem. 2006 Challenger: Click here for 6 full quotes OR click here for Tom Reilly on other issues.
  • Charter schools are a matter of giving parents choice. (Sep 2006)
  • Supports charter schools in districts with low test scores. (Jun 2006)
  • More charter schools and individual merit pay. (Apr 2006)
  • Supports charter schools and MCAS testing. (Feb 2006)
  • Focus on turning around our failing schools. (Jan 2006)
  • Education the only path to real opportunity. (Jan 2006)
Mitt Romney on Education
Former GOP Governor (2003-2006); Pres. candidate (2008): Click here for 34 full quotes OR click here for Mitt Romney on other issues.
  • Teachers unions need to go behind parents & kids. (Oct 2012)
  • Free college for the top quarter of high school graduates. (Oct 2012)
  • Let IDEA and Title I funds follow disabled child. (Oct 2012)
  • No cuts to college funding. (Oct 2012)
  • Put kids & teachers first; teachers' unions go behind. (Sep 2012)
  • Free tuition at MA college for top 1/4 of high school grads. (Sep 2012)
  • Cap Pell Grants to increase only at rate of inflation. (Sep 2012)
  • Don't overwhelm college students with loan debt. (Sep 2012)
  • Higher spending rarely correlates with better results. (Sep 2012)
  • Every parent should have a choice of schools. (Aug 2012)
  • Abigail Adams scholarships: H.S. Top 25% get college tuition. (Aug 2012)
  • Gov. Perry's education policy stances compared to Romney's. (Jan 2012)
  • Smaller classroom size only matters to teachers' unions. (Sep 2011)
  • We should insist that teachers get evaluated. (Sep 2011)
  • China & India graduate more science & engineering PhDs. (Mar 2010)
  • Failure to educate minorities is a civil rights issue. (Mar 2010)
  • 2003: Bold reforms: required H.S. graduation test. (Mar 2010)
  • Vetoed abandoning three new Massachusetts charter schools. (Mar 2010)
  • Teachers' union has deadening impact on student achievement. (Mar 2010)
  • School choice over fat-cat CEOs of teachers' unions. (Feb 2010)
  • FactCheck: US scores at 50% internationally, not 10%-25%. (Dec 2007)
  • FactCheck: MA 1st in test scores, but was 1st before Romney. (Dec 2007)
  • Education is not just the teachers’ union. (Dec 2007)
  • Bush was right on No Child Left Behind. (Dec 2007)
  • Identify failing schools; push choice & English immersion. (Dec 2007)
  • Principles: choice; parental involvement; merit scholarships. (Dec 2007)
  • Supports English immersion & abstinence education. (May 2007)
  • Changed from closing Education Dept. to supporting NCLB. (May 2007)
  • God created universe, but evolution created human body. (May 2007)
  • Reform underperforming schools or replace with charters. (Sep 2002)
  • Supported abolishing the federal Department of Education. (Mar 2002)
  • Schools can teach family values, but not religion or prayer. (Aug 1994)
  • Supported means-tested vouchers for public & private schools. (Mar 2002)

    Massachusetts

  • MA schools were #1 in the nation while I was governor. (Oct 2012)
Grace Ross on Education
Former Green Challenger 2006: Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Grace Ross on other issues.
  • MCAS is a big part of why kids drop out of high school. (Sep 2006)
  • Constitutional commitment to education--35 kids is too many. (Sep 2006)
  • No “under God” litmus test in pledge of allegiance. (Jul 2006)
  • Free education. (Jun 2006)
Jane Swift on Education
Former Republican Governor (2001-2002): Click here for Jane Swift on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Warren Tolman on Education
2002 Democratic Challenger MA Governor: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Warren Tolman on other issues.
  • Supported new funding for range of educational programs. (Nov 2001)
Peter Blute on Education
Republican Former (1994-) (District 3): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Peter Blute on other issues.
  • Voted YES on giving federal aid only to schools allowing voluntary prayer. (Mar 1994)
Kenneth Chase on Education
Republican Challenger, 2004 Congressional candidate: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Kenneth Chase on other issues.
  • Supports vouchers even for private & religious schools. (Sep 2006)
Joe Kennedy on Education
Democrat (until 1999) (District 8): Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Joe Kennedy on other issues.
  • Voted YES 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)
Marty Meehan on Education
Democrat (Retired 2007) (District 5): Click here for 8 full quotes OR click here for Marty Meehan 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 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)
  • Rated 92% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
Joe Moakley on Education
Democrat (until 2001) (District 9): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Joe Moakley on other issues.
  • Voted NO on vouchers for private & parochial schools. (Nov 1997)
  • Voted NO on giving federal aid only to schools allowing voluntary prayer. (Mar 1994)
Peter Torkildsen on Education
Republican Former (1994-) (District 6): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Peter Torkildsen on other issues.
  • Voted YES on giving federal aid only to schools allowing voluntary prayer. (Mar 1994)
Jeff Beatty on Education
Republican Senate challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Jeff Beatty on other issues.
  • Excellence in public education is a national priority. (May 2008)
Michael Capuano on Education
Democratic Representative (MA-8): Click here for 11 full quotes OR click here for Michael Capuano on other issues.
  • Charters ok, if they don't take money from public schools. (Nov 2008)
  • Education standards should focus on numeracy and literacy. (Nov 2008)
  • 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)
  • Reduce class size to 18 children in grades 1 to 3. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 90% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
Bill Delahunt on Education
Democratic Representative (MA-10): Click here for 11 full quotes OR click here for Bill Delahunt on other issues.
  • 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)
  • Reduce class size to 18 children in grades 1 to 3. (Mar 2001)
  • Opposes requiring schools to allow school prayer. (Jan 2001)
  • Rated 92% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
Paul Kirk on Education
Former Democratic Senate Appointee (2009): Click here for Paul Kirk on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Brian Macdonald on Education
Republican Senate Challenger: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Brian Macdonald on other issues.
  • Permit prayer in public schools, but school choice better. (Feb 2006)
  • Give every parent a real choice for children's school. (Feb 2006)
Ed O`Reilly on Education
Democratic Senate Challenger: Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Ed O`Reilly on other issues.
  • Committed to quality public education. (Nov 2007)
  • No vouchers; and charters pick off the cream off the top. (May 2007)
  • No prayer nor Ten Commandments in schools. (May 2007)
  • No unfunded mandates and edicts from Washington. (May 2007)
Jim Ogonowski on Education
Republican Senate Challenger: Click here for Jim Ogonowski on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Stephen Pagliuca on Education
Former Democratic Primary Senate Challenger (2009): Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Stephen Pagliuca on other issues.
  • Healthy mix of private, charter, and public schools. (Oct 2009)
  • Reward performance and aptitude in teachers. (Oct 2009)
  • Universal pre-kindergarten, regardless of parents' income. (Oct 2009)
Jack Robinson on Education
Republican Challenger for Senate (MA): Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for Jack Robinson on other issues.
  • Voted YES on allowing School Prayer. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES 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 national education standards. (Feb 1994)
Kevin Scott on Education
Republican Challenger, previously Wakefield Selectman: Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Kevin Scott on other issues.
  • Supports prayer and moral standards in school. (Jan 2006)
  • Vouchers for students in failing districts. (Jan 2006)
  • Encourage language and music in schools for “Mozart effect”. (Jan 2006)
Bob Underwood on Education
Libertarian Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Bob Underwood on other issues.
  • If a state wants a voucher system, let them have it. (Aug 2008)
Joe L. Kennedy on Education
Libertarian Senate challenger: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Joe L. Kennedy on other issues.
  • The "No Child Left Behind" program should be left behind. (Dec 2009)
  • Eliminate the Federal Department of Education. (Dec 2009)
Alan Khazei on Education
Democratic Challenger: Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Alan Khazei on other issues.
  • $10,000 college tuition for each year of community service. (Jul 2011)
  • Make public education the civil rights issue of 21st century. (Nov 2009)
  • Double the federal charter school investment. (Nov 2009)
  • ServiceNation: volunteers for improving education& mentoring. (Oct 2009)

                                                                                                                                                                               
  


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