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Bill Haslam on Education
Republican Governor: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Bill Haslam on other issues.
  • Drive to 55: Increase college graduation to 55% by 2025. (Jan 2013)
  • Remove 90-cap limit on charter schools. (Mar 2011)

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Lamar Alexander on Education
Republican Sr Senator (TN); previously candidate for President: Click here for 20 full quotes OR click here for Lamar Alexander on other issues.
  • 1985: Raised state taxes to improve education. (Jun 2004)
  • Allow organized voluntary prayer in public schools. (Aug 1995)
  • Federal funding for HOPE scholarships for grade school. (May 1999)
  • More teacher pay; but end tenure. (May 1999)
  • Support public schools with local control. (May 1999)
  • Test for high standards for teachers and students. (May 1999)
  • Replace bilingual education with “English for Children”. (May 1999)
  • Create Education Savings Accounts. (May 1999)

    School Choice

  • Charter schools make public education better. (Jul 1999)
  • Regulate all public schools like charter schools. (May 1999)
  • Public scholarships for charter or private schools. (May 1999)
  • $1,500 scholarship for poor kids to attend any school. (May 1999)
  • Pass Model Charter School Laws in all 50 states. (May 1999)
  • Give school decisions back to families. (Aug 1995)
  • 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)
  • Rated 27% by the NEA, indicating anti-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Support the goals and ideals of Charter Schools. (May 2007)
Joe Carr on Education
Republican Challenger: Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Joe Carr on other issues.
  • Parental choice & competition over one-size-fits-all. (Nov 2013)
  • Prohibit discrimination against college religious groups. (Mar 2013)
  • Require abstinence-centered sex education in schools. (Apr 2012)
Mark Clayton on Education
Democratic Nominee: Click here for Mark Clayton on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Bob Corker on Education
Republican Jr Senator: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Bob Corker on other issues.
  • Bonuses for high-performing teachers. (Oct 2006)
  • Voted NO on additional $10.2B for federal education & HHS projects. (Oct 2007)
Zach Poskevich on Education
Republican Senate Challenger: Click here for Zach Poskevich on other issues.
    No stance on record.

House:


Diane Black on Education
Republican (District 6): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Diane Black on other issues.
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the DC opportunity scholarship program. (Mar 2011)
Marsha Blackburn on Education
Republican Representative (TN-7): Click here for 7 full quotes OR click here for Marsha Blackburn on other issues.
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the DC opportunity scholarship program. (Mar 2011)
  • Voted NO on $40B for green public schools. (May 2009)
  • 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)
  • Constitutionally guarantee parent's right to educate kids. (Jan 2011)
Steve Cohen on Education
Democrat: Click here for 9 full quotes OR click here for Steve Cohen on other issues.
  • Sex ed should include abstinence AND contraception. (Nov 2004)
  • More funding for teachers, pre-K,and after school. (Nov 2004)
  • 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)
  • $25B to renovate or repair elementary schools. (Sep 2011)
  • Comprehensive sex ed for sexually-active adolescents. (Mar 2013)
  • Sponsored 10/10 Loan Forgiveness: cancel college loans after 10 years. (Mar 2013)
  • Sponsored extending subsidized federal student loan rates until 2015. (Apr 2013)
Jim Cooper on Education
Democratic Representative (TN-5): Click here for 6 full quotes OR click here for Jim Cooper 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)
  • Rated 75% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
Scott DesJarlais on Education
Republican (District 4): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Scott DesJarlais on other issues.
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the DC opportunity scholarship program. (Mar 2011)
Jimmy Duncan on Education
Republican Representative (TN-2): Click here for 14 full quotes OR click here for Jimmy Duncan on other issues.
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the DC opportunity scholarship program. (Mar 2011)
  • Voted NO on $40B for green public schools. (May 2009)
  • 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)
  • Voted YES on allowing school prayer during the War on Terror. (Nov 2001)
  • Voted NO 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)
  • Abolish the federal Department of Education. (Dec 2000)
  • Let schools display the words "God Bless America". (Oct 2001)
  • Rated 25% by the NEA, indicating anti-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Supports a Constitutional Amendment for school prayer. (May 1997)
Stephen Fincher on Education
Republican (District 8): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Stephen Fincher on other issues.
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the DC opportunity scholarship program. (Mar 2011)
  • Supports voluntary prayer in public schools. (Aug 2010)
Chuck Fleischmann on Education
Republican (District 3): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Chuck Fleischmann on other issues.
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the DC opportunity scholarship program. (Mar 2011)
Phil Roe on Education
Republican (District 1): Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Phil Roe on other issues.
  • Supports school choice; federal government out of education. (Oct 2008)
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the DC opportunity scholarship program. (Mar 2011)
  • Voted NO on $40B for green public schools. (May 2009)
  • Constitutionally guarantee parent's right to educate kids. (Jan 2011)

Former candidates & officeholders:


Phil Bredesen on Education
Democratic TN Governor: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Phil Bredesen on other issues.
  • New reforms: student achievement to evaluate teacher. (Feb 2010)
  • Raise teacher pay;expand pre-K. (Nov 2006)
Don Sundquist on Education
Former Republican Governor (1995-2002): Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Don Sundquist on other issues.
  • Invest more in teachers and in early education. (Jan 2001)
  • We test students & rate schools; now invest in reading. (Jan 2001)
  • Invest in teachers: scholarships, mentors, merit pay. (Jan 2001)
  • Make employee educational assistance tax-deductible. (Jan 1993)
Ed Bryant on Education
Republican challenger (2006), previously U.S. Rep: Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Ed Bryant 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)
  • Let schools display the words "God Bless America". (Oct 2001)
Bob Clement on Education
Former Democratic Senate Nominee (2002): Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for Bob Clement 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)
  • Voted NO on giving federal aid only to schools allowing voluntary prayer. (Mar 1994)
  • Three R’s: $35B for Reinvestment,Reinvention,Responsibility. (Jan 2001)
Bill Frist on Education
Republican Senate Majority Leader (TN, retiring 2006): Click here for 12 full quotes OR click here for Bill Frist on other issues.
  • 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 education savings accounts. (Jun 1998)
  • Voted YES on school vouchers in DC. (Sep 1997)
  • Voted YES on $75M for abstinence education. (Jul 1996)
  • Rated 27% by the NEA, indicating anti-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
Tipper Gore on Education
Democratic Candidate (Former): Click here for Tipper Gore on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Van Hilleary on Education
Republican challenger (2006), previously U.S. Rep: Click here for 6 full quotes OR click here for Van Hilleary 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)
  • Let schools display the words "God Bless America". (Oct 2001)
  • Supports requiring schools to allow prayer. (Jan 2001)
  • Supports a Constitutional Amendment for school prayer. (May 1997)
Bill Jenkins on Education
Republican (Retired 2006) (District 1): Click here for 7 full quotes OR click here for Bill Jenkins on other issues.
  • 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)
  • Voted NO on vouchers for private & parochial schools. (Nov 1997)
  • Rated 17% by the NEA, indicating anti-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
Rosalind Kurita on Education
Former Democratic challenger (2006): Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Rosalind Kurita on other issues.
  • Invest in pre-kindergarten programs. (Feb 2006)
  • More HOPE lottery scholarships for college. (Feb 2006)
  • Increase teacher salaries. (Feb 2006)
James Quillen on Education
Republican Former (1994-) (District 1): Click here for James Quillen on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Fred Thompson on Education
Former Republican Senator; 2004 candidate for Pres.: Click here for 15 full quotes OR click here for Fred Thompson on other issues.
  • The NEA opposes school choice; we must stop them. (Dec 2007)
  • Use bully pulpit to support vouchers & homeschooling. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted for No Child Left Behind, but critics were right. (Oct 2007)
  • Allow states to experiment with vouchers & charter schools. (Oct 2007)
  • Promote voucher programs & charter schools. (Sep 2007)
  • Encourage rights of parents to choose school. (Sep 2007)
  • Best reforms are not federal but local, like charters. (Sep 2007)
  • 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 education savings accounts. (Jun 1998)
  • Voted YES on school vouchers in DC. (Sep 1997)
  • Voted YES on $75M for abstinence education. (Jul 1996)
Ed Bryant on Education
Republican (District 7): Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Ed Bryant 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)
  • Let schools display the words "God Bless America". (Oct 2001)
Bob Clement on Education
Democrat (District 5): Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for Bob Clement 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)
  • Voted NO on giving federal aid only to schools allowing voluntary prayer. (Mar 1994)
  • Three R’s: $35B for Reinvestment,Reinvention,Responsibility. (Jan 2001)
David Davis on Education
Republican: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for David Davis on other issues.
  • Break the strangle-hold of the education bureaucracy. (Nov 2006)
  • Voted NO on additional $10.2B for federal education & HHS projects. (Nov 2007)
Lincoln Davis on Education
Democratic Representative (TN-4): Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for Lincoln Davis 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 NO 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)
  • Rated 91% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
Harold Ford on Education
Democrat (District 9): Click here for 13 full quotes OR click here for Harold Ford on other issues.
  • Education needs equivalent of Interstate highway system. (Oct 2006)
  • Keep words “Under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance. (Jan 2006)
  • Voted NO 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)
  • 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 91% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Make employee educational assistance tax-deductible. (Jan 1993)
Harold Ford-TN on Education
2006 Democratic challenger, Former U.S. Rep: Click here for Harold Ford-TN on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Bart Gordon on Education
Democratic Representative (TN-6): Click here for 10 full quotes OR click here for Bart Gordon 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 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 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)
Bo Heyward on Education
Independent challenger: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Bo Heyward on other issues.
  • Permit school prayer, but don’t force it. (Jul 2006)
  • School choice ok if done at the state level. (Jul 2006)
Van Hilleary on Education
Republican (District 4): Click here for 6 full quotes OR click here for Van Hilleary 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)
  • Let schools display the words "God Bless America". (Oct 2001)
  • Supports requiring schools to allow prayer. (Jan 2001)
  • Supports a Constitutional Amendment for school prayer. (May 1997)
Chris Lugo on Education
Green challenger: Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Chris Lugo on other issues.
  • Supports vouchers for private or religious school. (Oct 2006)
  • School prayer breaches church-state separation. (Aug 2006)
  • Supports vouchers AND full public school funding. (Aug 2006)
Mike Padgett on Education
Democratic Challenger: Click here for Mike Padgett on other issues.
    No stance on record.
John Tanner on Education
Democratic Representative (TN-8): Click here for 11 full quotes OR click here for John Tanner 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 NO on allowing vouchers in DC schools. (Aug 1998)
  • Voted NO on vouchers for private & parochial schools. (Nov 1997)
  • Voted YES on giving federal aid only to schools allowing voluntary prayer. (Mar 1994)
  • 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 83% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
Bob Tuke on Education
Democratic challenger: Click here for Bob Tuke on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Zach Wamp on Education
Republican Representative (TN-3): Click here for 11 full quotes OR click here for Zach Wamp on other issues.
  • Voted NO on $40B for green public schools. (May 2009)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Abolish the federal Department of Education. (Dec 2000)
  • Rated 17% by the NEA, indicating anti-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Supports a Constitutional Amendment for school prayer. (May 1997)
Kenneth Eaton on Education
Democratic Senate challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Kenneth Eaton on other issues.
  • Properly fund our schools from the federal level. (Jun 2008)

                                                                                                                                                                               
  


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