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Jay Inslee on Education
Democratic Representative (WA-1): Click here for 10 full quotes OR click here for Jay Inslee on other issues.
  • $1.2B for automatic COLA adjustments for teachers. (Jan 2014)
  • 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 $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)
  • Rated 100% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes. (Dec 2003)

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Michael Baumgartner on Education
Republican Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Michael Baumgartner on other issues.
  • Invest in public schools and colleges. (Jan 2012)
Maria Cantwell on Education
Democratic Jr Senator (WA): Click here for 11 full quotes OR click here for Maria Cantwell on other issues.
  • Opposes Organized Prayer In Public Schools. (Sep 2000)
  • Opposes parents choosing schools via vouchers. (Sep 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)
  • Offer every parent Charter Schools and public school choice. (Aug 2000)
  • Rated 100% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
Patty Murray on Education
Democratic Sr Senator (WA): Click here for 18 full quotes OR click here for Patty Murray on other issues.
  • Increase funding for Pell Grants and HOPE scholarships. (Oct 2004)
  • Strong public education at core of every other issue. (Jul 2000)
  • $1.2B to hire 29,000 new elementary school teachers. (Jul 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 NO on Educational Savings Accounts. (Mar 2000)
  • 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 100% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Opposes voluntary prayer in public schools. (Aug 2010)

House:


Suzan DelBene on Education
Democrat (District 1): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Suzan DelBene on other issues.
  • Strengthen quality of our education system. (Nov 2012)
  • Sponsored extending subsidized federal student loan rates until 2015. (Apr 2013)
Doc Hastings on Education
Republican Representative (WA-4): Click here for 11 full quotes OR click here for Doc Hastings 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 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)
  • Rated 17% by the NEA, indicating anti-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Supports a Constitutional Amendment for school prayer. (May 1997)
Denny Heck on Education
Democrat (District 10): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Denny Heck on other issues.
  • Oppose efforts to control our schools from Washington. (Nov 2012)
Jaime Herrera on Education
Republican (District 3): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Jaime Herrera on other issues.
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the DC opportunity scholarship program. (Mar 2011)
Derek Kilmer on Education
Democrat (District 6): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Derek Kilmer on other issues.
  • Strengthen public schools. (Nov 2012)
  • Sponsored extending subsidized federal student loan rates until 2015. (Apr 2013)
Rick Larsen on Education
Democratic Representative (WA-2): Click here for 13 full quotes OR click here for Rick Larsen 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)
  • Offer every parent Charter Schools and public school choice. (Aug 2000)
  • Reduce class size to 18 children in grades 1 to 3. (Mar 2001)
  • Three Rs: $35B for Reinvestment,Reinvention,Responsibility. (Jan 2001)
  • Rated 100% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Comprehensive sex ed for sexually-active adolescents. (Feb 2013)
  • Sponsored extending subsidized federal student loan rates until 2015. (Apr 2013)
Jim McDermott on Education
Democratic Representative (WA-7): Click here for 15 full quotes OR click here for Jim McDermott 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)
  • 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)
  • Comprehensive sex ed for sexually-active adolescents. (Feb 2013)
  • Sponsored extending subsidized federal student loan rates until 2015. (Apr 2013)
Cathy McMorris-Rodgers on Education
Republican: Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Cathy McMorris-Rodgers 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)
David Adam Smith on Education
Democratic Representative (WA-9): Click here for 12 full quotes OR click here for David Adam Smith 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 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)
  • Offer every parent Charter Schools and public school choice. (Aug 2000)
  • Reduce class size to 18 children in grades 1 to 3. (Mar 2001)
  • Firmly opposed to Bushs voucher proposal. (Jan 2001)
  • Three Rs: $35B for Reinvestment,Reinvention,Responsibility. (Jan 2001)
  • Rated 75% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Sponsored extending subsidized federal student loan rates until 2015. (Apr 2013)

Former candidates & officeholders:


Christine Gregoire on Education
Democratic WA Governor: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Christine Gregoire on other issues.
  • Unify Department of Education; prepare students to succeed. (Feb 2011)
  • Higher teacher pay; $28M for tutoring; support Running Start. (Nov 2006)
Norm Dicks on Education
Democratic Representative (WA-6): Click here for 12 full quotes OR click here for Norm Dicks 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 92% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Make employee educational assistance tax-deductible. (Jan 1993)
Jay Inslee on Education
Democratic Representative (WA-1): Click here for 10 full quotes OR click here for Jay Inslee on other issues.
  • $1.2B for automatic COLA adjustments for teachers. (Jan 2014)
  • 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 $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)
  • Rated 100% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
Dave Reichert on Education
Republican Representative (WA-8): Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for Dave Reichert on other issues.
  • Voted YES 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 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)
Gary Locke on Education
Former Democratic Governor (1997-2004); Cabinet (Commerce): Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Gary Locke on other issues.
  • Reduced class size, despite legislative opposition. (Jan 2001)
  • Teacher merit pay; less rules for certification. (Jan 2001)
  • Improve and invest in public schools. (Aug 2001)
Jennifer Dunn on Education
Republican (Until 2004) (District 8): Click here for 8 full quotes OR click here for Jennifer Dunn on other issues.
  • 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)
  • Rated 17% by the NEA, indicating anti-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Supports a Constitutional Amendment for school prayer. (May 1997)
  • Supported funding for teacher training & other initiatives. (Jul 1999)
Slade Gorton on Education
Republican Senator (Former): Click here for 7 full quotes OR click here for Slade Gorton on other issues.
  • 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)
  • Voted YES on requiring schools to allow voluntary prayer. (Jul 1994)
  • Voted YES on national education standards. (Feb 1994)
George Nethercutt on Education
Republican (Until 2004) (District 5): Click here for 8 full quotes OR click here for George Nethercutt on other issues.
  • 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)
  • 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 27% by the NEA, indicating anti-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
George Nethercutt on Education
2004 former Republican challenger; US Representative: Click here for 8 full quotes OR click here for George Nethercutt on other issues.
  • 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)
  • 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 27% by the NEA, indicating anti-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
Linda Smith on Education
Republican Former (1994-) (District 3): Click here for 6 full quotes OR click here for Linda Smith 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 vouchers in DC schools. (Aug 1998)
  • Voted YES on vouchers for private & parochial schools. (Nov 1997)
  • Supports a Constitutional Amendment for school prayer. (May 1997)
Randy Tate on Education
Republican Former (1994-) (District 9): Click here for Randy Tate on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Rick White on Education
Republican Former (1994-) (District 1): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Rick White on other issues.
  • Voted YES on allowing vouchers in DC schools. (Aug 1998)
  • Voted YES on vouchers for private & parochial schools. (Nov 1997)
Brian Baird on Education
Democratic Representative (WA-3): Click here for 9 full quotes OR click here for Brian Baird 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)
  • 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)
Bruce Guthrie on Education
Libertarian Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Bruce Guthrie on other issues.
  • Supports vouchers and charter schools. (Oct 2006)
Brad Klippert on Education
Republican Challenger: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Brad Klippert on other issues.
  • Supports school prayer and Pledge of Allegiance. (Jan 2006)
  • Tax credit for accredited private schools. (Jan 2006)
John Koster on Education
Republican Challenger 2010 (District 2): Click here for John Koster on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Mike McGavick on Education
Republican challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Mike McGavick on other issues.
  • Private initiatives are best education investment. (May 2006)
Jack Metcalf on Education
Republican (District 2): Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Jack Metcalf on other issues.
  • Voted YES on allowing vouchers in DC schools. (Aug 1998)
  • Voted YES on vouchers for private & parochial schools. (Nov 1997)
  • Supports a Constitutional Amendment for school prayer. (May 1997)
Dino Rossi on Education
Republican Challenger (2010): Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Dino Rossi on other issues.
  • Honor Catholic schools' faith-based instruction. (Feb 2003)
  • Honor home schooling as viable alternative. (Feb 2003)
  • Encourage more charter schools & more corporate investment. (Nov 1996)
  • Supports voluntary prayer in public schools. (Aug 2010)
Al Swift on Education
Democrat (retired 1994) (District 2): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Al Swift on other issues.
  • Make employee educational assistance tax-deductible. (Jan 1993)
Jolene Unsoeld on Education
Democrat (retired 1994) (District 3): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Jolene Unsoeld on other issues.
  • Make employee educational assistance tax-deductible. (Jan 1993)

                                                                                                                                                                               
  


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