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Susana Martinez on Education
Republican Governor: Click here for 7 full quotes OR click here for Susana Martinez on other issues.
  • The Bridge: joint high school diploma and associate's degree. (Jan 2013)
  • $13.5M for New Mexico Reads to Lead. (Jan 2013)
  • $97M to improve our local schools; invest in reform. (Jan 2012)
  • $17M for reading reforms; don't pass failing kids. (Jan 2012)
  • Keep great teachers by retention rewards. (May 2011)
  • A-F school grading system will increase transparency. (Mar 2011)
  • Kids First, New Mexico Wins: 4 key initiatives. (Jan 2011)

Senate:

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Jeff Bingaman on Education
Democratic Sr Senator (NM): Click here for 15 full quotes OR click here for Jeff Bingaman on other issues.
  • 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 YES 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)
Martin Heinrich on Education
Democratic Challenger: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Martin Heinrich on other issues.
  • Voted NO on reauthorizing the DC opportunity scholarship program. (Mar 2011)
  • Voted YES on $40B for green public schools. (May 2009)
John Sanchez on Education
Republican Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for John Sanchez on other issues.
  • Pilot voucher program for kids in failing schools. (Jul 2002)
Tom Udall on Education
Democratic Jr Senator; previously Representative (NM-3): Click here for 11 full quotes OR click here for Tom Udall on other issues.
  • No Child Left Behind Act has hurt student achievement. (Aug 2008)
  • 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)
  • Offer every parent Charter Schools and public school choice. (Aug 2000)
  • Reduce class size to 18 children in grades 1 to 3. (Mar 2001)
  • Teacher development grants to improve math & science classes. (Jan 2001)
  • Opposes requiring schools to allow school prayer. (Jan 2001)
  • Rated 92% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
Heather Wilson on Education
Republican Representative (NM-1): Click here for 9 full quotes OR click here for Heather Wilson on other issues.
  • Voted YES on additional $10.2B for federal education & HHS projects. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted NO on allowing Courts to decide on "God" in Pledge of Allegiance. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted NO 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)
  • Let schools display the words "God Bless America". (Oct 2001)
  • Rated 33% by the NEA, indicating anti-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Supported funding for teacher training & other initiatives. (Jul 1999)

House:


Ben Ray Lujan on Education
Democrat (District 3): Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Ben Ray Lujan 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)
Michelle Lujan-Grisham on Education
Democrat (District 1): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Michelle Lujan-Grisham on other issues.
  • Sponsored 10/10 Loan Forgiveness: cancel college loans after 10 years. (Apr 2013)
Steve Pearce on Education
Republican Representative (NM-2): Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for Steve Pearce on other issues.
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the DC opportunity scholarship program. (Mar 2011)
  • Voted NO on additional $10.2B for federal education & HHS projects. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted NO on allowing Courts to decide on "God" in Pledge of Allegiance. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted NO on $84 million in grants for Black and Hispanic colleges. (Mar 2006)
  • Rated 17% by the NEA, indicating anti-public education votes. (Dec 2003)

Former candidates & officeholders:


Bill Richardson on Education
Democratic Governor (NM); Secretary of Commerce-Designee: Click here for 25 full quotes OR click here for Bill Richardson on other issues.
  • FactCheck: NM teacher salary only moved from 44th to 36th. (Dec 2007)
  • FactCheck: NM test scores have not made “enormous progress”. (Dec 2007)
  • Make education a top priority and scrap No Child Left Behind. (Dec 2007)
  • $60 billion plan to make American education #1 in world. (Dec 2007)
  • Create science and math academies with 100,000 new teachers. (Nov 2007)
  • Commit to extending school day and/or the school year. (Oct 2007)
  • Start earlier with preschool for every child under 4. (Sep 2007)
  • Pay off college loans in exchange for national service. (Sep 2007)
  • Minimum wage for our teachers: $40,000 per year. (Aug 2007)
  • One-point plan on No Child Left Behind: Scrap it. (Aug 2007)
  • Scrap No Child Left Behind; it doesn’t work. (Jul 2007)
  • Help failing schools; don’t penalize by defunding them. (Jul 2007)
  • Minimum wage of $40,000 for teachers. (Jul 2007)
  • Supreme Court backstabbed equality of Brown v. Board of Ed. (Jul 2007)
  • Nobody asks how we pay for war; why do we ask on education? (Jun 2007)
  • Eliminate junk food in schools; statewide smoking ban. (Mar 2007)
  • Equip every 7th grader with a laptop computer. (Jan 2004)
  • Increase the salary of school teachers. (Jan 2004)
  • A plan that can reach straightforward education goals. (Jan 2004)
  • Charter schools show tremendous promise. (Jan 2004)
  • Expand the lottery scholarship program for college students. (Jan 2004)
  • No vouchers: they abandon public schools. (Oct 2002)
  • Provide parents with vouchers, even for religious schools. (Nov 1996)
  • Voted NO on giving federal aid only to schools allowing voluntary prayer. (Mar 1994)
  • Make employee educational assistance tax-deductible. (Jan 1993)
Hector Balderas on Education
Former Democratic Primary Challenger (2012): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Hector Balderas on other issues.
  • Fight for and support first-rate public schools. (Jan 2012)
Martin Heinrich on Education
Democrat (Senate run 2012) (District 1): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Martin Heinrich on other issues.
  • Voted NO on reauthorizing the DC opportunity scholarship program. (Mar 2011)
  • Voted YES on $40B for green public schools. (May 2009)
Gary Johnson on Education
Former Republican Governor (1995-2002): Click here for 13 full quotes OR click here for Gary Johnson on other issues.
  • Public education system needs major reform. (Aug 2012)
  • Vouchers OK for church childcare & church schools. (Aug 2012)
  • $3,500 voucher for every K-12 student. (Aug 2012)
  • Vouchers are as constitutional as pre-school and day-care. (Aug 2012)
  • Competition would make our schools better. (Aug 2012)
  • I support evolution; but no federal involvement. (May 2012)
  • No student loans; they cause higher tuition. (Nov 2011)
  • Education Dept. takes 16 cents for every 11 cents it gives. (Sep 2011)
  • Abolish Departments of Education and HUD. (Aug 2011)
  • Give every student in New Mexico vouchers worth $3,500. (Jul 2011)
  • Put educational funds in the hands of the people who use it. (May 2011)
  • End the Department of Education. (May 2011)
  • No student loans; they cause higher tuition. (Feb 2011)
Joe Carraro on Education
Former Republican Challenger (2006): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Joe Carraro on other issues.
  • Supports vouchers for public, private, and religious schools. (Nov 2004)
  • Supports voluntary prayer in public schools. (Nov 2004)
Joe Skeen on Education
Former Republican (District 2): Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for Joe Skeen on other issues.
  • 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 a Constitutional Amendment for school prayer. (May 1997)
Gloria Tristani on Education
2002 Democratic Challenger (NM): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Gloria Tristani on other issues.
  • Increase federal funding; money IS part of the answer. (Sep 2002)
Tom Benavides on Education
Republican challenger; previously state senator: Click here for Tom Benavides on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Pete Domenici on Education
Republican Sr Senator (NM): Click here for 14 full quotes OR click here for Pete Domenici on other issues.
  • Voted YES on additional $10.2B for federal education & HHS projects. (Oct 2007)
  • Voted NO on $52M for "21st century community learning centers". (Oct 2005)
  • Voted NO on $5B for grants to local educational agencies. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted NO on shifting $11B from corporate tax loopholes to education. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted NO on funding smaller classes instead of private tutors. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on funding student testing instead of private tutors. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on spending $448B of tax cut on education & debt reduction. (Apr 2001)
  • Voted YES on Educational Savings Accounts. (Mar 2000)
  • Voted YES on allowing more flexibility in federal school rules. (Mar 1999)
  • Voted YES on school vouchers in DC. (Sep 1997)
  • Voted YES on $75M for abstinence education. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted YES on requiring schools to allow voluntary prayer. (Jul 1994)
  • Voted YES on national education standards. (Feb 1994)
  • Rated 27% by the NEA, indicating anti-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
Francesca Lobato on Education
Democratic Senate Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Francesca Lobato on other issues.
  • Use very best teaching methods in our public schools. (Feb 2006)
Allen McCulloch on Education
Republican Challenger: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Allen McCulloch on other issues.
  • More choice in where children go to school. (Jun 2006)
  • Real reform needed in high schools. (Jun 2006)
Steve Pearce on Education
Republican Representative (NM-2): Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for Steve Pearce on other issues.
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the DC opportunity scholarship program. (Mar 2011)
  • Voted NO on additional $10.2B for federal education & HHS projects. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted NO on allowing Courts to decide on "God" in Pledge of Allegiance. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted NO on $84 million in grants for Black and Hispanic colleges. (Mar 2006)
  • Rated 17% by the NEA, indicating anti-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
David Pfeffer on Education
Republican Challenger: Click here for David Pfeffer on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Harry Teague on Education
Democrat (until 2010) (District 2): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Harry Teague on other issues.
  • Voted YES on $40B for green public schools. (May 2009)
Tom Udall on Education
Democratic Jr Senator; previously Representative (NM-3): Click here for 11 full quotes OR click here for Tom Udall on other issues.
  • No Child Left Behind Act has hurt student achievement. (Aug 2008)
  • 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)
  • Offer every parent Charter Schools and public school choice. (Aug 2000)
  • Reduce class size to 18 children in grades 1 to 3. (Mar 2001)
  • Teacher development grants to improve math & science classes. (Jan 2001)
  • Opposes requiring schools to allow school prayer. (Jan 2001)
  • Rated 92% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
Heather Wilson on Education
Republican Representative (NM-1): Click here for 9 full quotes OR click here for Heather Wilson on other issues.
  • Voted YES on additional $10.2B for federal education & HHS projects. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted NO on allowing Courts to decide on "God" in Pledge of Allegiance. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted NO 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)
  • Let schools display the words "God Bless America". (Oct 2001)
  • Rated 33% by the NEA, indicating anti-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Supported funding for teacher training & other initiatives. (Jul 1999)

                                                                                                                                                                               
  


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