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Donald Carcieri on Education
Republican RI Governor: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Donald Carcieri on other issues.
  • Strong advocate of expanding Charter Schools. (Jan 2010)
  • Double funding for schools in “intervention” status. (Nov 2006)

Senate:

RI 2014: 2014 RI Senate debate


Barry Hinckley on Education
Republican Challenger: Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Barry Hinckley on other issues.
  • Give a grant to every family to choose school. (Oct 2012)
  • Favors school vouchers for private and religious schools. (Nov 2011)
  • Public or private school choice. (Jul 2011)
Jack Reed on Education
Democratic Sr Senator (RI): Click here for 19 full quotes OR click here for Jack Reed on other issues.
  • No school prayer amendment. (Jan 1996)
  • Supports charter schools and Goals 2000. (Jan 1996)
  • 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 declaring memorial prayers and religious symbols OK at schools. (May 1999)
  • 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 giving federal aid only to schools allowing voluntary prayer. (Mar 1994)
  • Voted NO on giving federal aid only to schools allowing voluntary prayer. (Mar 1994)
  • Rated 91% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Extend subsidized federal student loan rates until 2015. (Apr 2013)
  • Make employee educational assistance tax-deductible. (Jan 1993)
Sheldon Whitehouse on Education
Democratic Jr Senator, previously attorney general: Click here for 7 full quotes OR click here for Sheldon Whitehouse on other issues.
  • Extend "Race to the Top" to middle school. (Oct 2012)
  • NCLB’s teaching-to-the-test hurts children’s learning. (Sep 2006)
  • Vouchers are a poor use of scarce federal dollars. (Sep 2006)
  • Fully fund No Child Left Behind. (May 2006)
  • Voted YES on additional $10.2B for federal education & HHS projects. (Oct 2007)
  • $25B to renovate or repair elementary schools. (Sep 2011)
  • Sponsored extending subsidized federal student loan rates until 2015. (Apr 2013)
Mark Zaccaria on Education
Republican Senate Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Mark Zaccaria on other issues.
  • Supports vouchers but not charters. (Nov 2010)

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David Cicilline on Education
Democrat (District 1): Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for David Cicilline on other issues.
  • Provide students with strong public schools. (Nov 2010)
  • Voted NO on reauthorizing the DC opportunity scholarship program. (Mar 2011)
  • $25B to renovate or repair elementary schools. (Sep 2011)
  • Sponsored extending subsidized federal student loan rates until 2015. (Apr 2013)
James Langevin on Education
Democratic Representative (RI-2): Click here for 10 full quotes OR click here for James Langevin 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 YES on allowing school prayer during the War on Terror. (Nov 2001)
  • Voted YES on requiring states to test students. (May 2001)
  • Rated 100% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Comprehensive sex ed for sexually-active adolescents. (Apr 2013)
  • Sponsored extending subsidized federal student loan rates until 2015. (Apr 2013)

Former candidates & officeholders:


Lincoln Chafee on Education
Independent RI Governor; previously Republican Senator (1999-2007): Click here for 15 full quotes OR click here for Lincoln Chafee on other issues.
  • Supports NCLB’s standardized testing, if federally funded. (Sep 2006)
  • Fund special education before tax cuts for the wealthy. (Aug 2006)
  • Supports parents choosing schools via vouchers. (Sep 2000)
  • Supports vouchers & charters, plus more public funding. (Jan 2000)
  • 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 YES 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 YES on spending $448B of tax cut on education & debt reduction. (Apr 2001)
  • Voted NO on Educational Savings Accounts. (Mar 2000)
  • 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 55% by the NEA, indicating a mixed record on public education. (Dec 2003)
Lincoln Almond on Education
Former Republican Governor (1995-2002): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Lincoln Almond on other issues.
  • Measure school performance and report to parents. (Feb 2001)

    School Choice

  • We will not tolerate failing schools. (Feb 2001)
Myrth York on Education
Former Democrat Challenger (1994, 1998, 2002): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Myrth York on other issues.
  • Improving education must start with professional teachers. (Sep 2002)
John Chafee on Education
Republican Senator (Former): Click here for 6 full quotes OR click here for John Chafee on other issues.
  • Voted YES 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)
Lincoln Chafee on Education
Independent RI Governor; previously Republican Senator (1999-2007): Click here for 15 full quotes OR click here for Lincoln Chafee on other issues.
  • Supports NCLB’s standardized testing, if federally funded. (Sep 2006)
  • Fund special education before tax cuts for the wealthy. (Aug 2006)
  • Supports parents choosing schools via vouchers. (Sep 2000)
  • Supports vouchers & charters, plus more public funding. (Jan 2000)
  • 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 YES 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 YES on spending $448B of tax cut on education & debt reduction. (Apr 2001)
  • Voted NO on Educational Savings Accounts. (Mar 2000)
  • 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 55% by the NEA, indicating a mixed record on public education. (Dec 2003)
Claiborne Pell on Education
Democratic Senator (Former): Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Claiborne Pell on other issues.
  • 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)
Matt Brown on Education
Democratic challenger, secretary of state: Click here for Matt Brown on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Patrick Kennedy on Education
Democratic Representative (RI-1): Click here for 10 full quotes OR click here for Patrick Kennedy on other issues.
  • 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 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)
Stephen Laffey on Education
Republican Senate Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Stephen Laffey on other issues.
  • Chafee failed on funding the IDEA program and the NCLB Act. (Aug 2006)
Carl Sheeler on Education
Democratic Senate Challenger: Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Carl Sheeler on other issues.
  • Supports private scholarships & portable education accounts. (Jun 2006)
  • Tax credit for educational expenses. (Feb 2006)
  • Replace property tax with gambling tax as school revenue. (Feb 2006)
  • Educate children about sex rather than moralizing. (Nov 2004)
Bob Tingle on Education
Republican Senate Challenger (RI): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Bob Tingle on other issues.
  • Too many children trapped in schools that consistently fail. (Apr 2002)
Robert Weygand on Education
Democrat (District 2): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Robert Weygand on other issues.
  • Voted NO on allowing vouchers in DC schools. (Aug 1998)
  • Voted NO on vouchers for private & parochial schools. (Nov 1997)
Chris Young on Education
Democratic Senate Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Chris Young on other issues.
  • Parents choose schools via vouchers. (Aug 2008)

                                                                                                                                                                               
  


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