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Julian Castro on Education
Mayor of San Antonio: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Julian Castro on other issues.
  • SERVE SA: 1,500 new volunteers to read in grade schools. (Dec 2011)
  • Take "Race to the Top" Funds despite governor's refusal. (Feb 2010)
Annise Parker on Education
Mayor of Houston: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Annise Parker on other issues.
  • $80,000 grant for after-school programs for 3,000 students. (Sep 2010)
Rick Perry on Education
Republican Governor (TX): Click here for 15 full quotes OR click here for Rick Perry on other issues.
  • Promote school choice all across this country. (Sep 2011)
  • We reduced school spending in TX and raised graduation rates. (Sep 2011)
  • Choose from mix of public, charter & private schools. (Nov 2010)
  • OpEd: School choice laudable at local level but not federal. (Nov 2010)
  • Public prayer is not establishing a religion. (Nov 2010)
  • Turned down $700M in federal aid due to strings attached. (Nov 2010)
  • No "Race to the Top" funding; too many strings attached. (Jan 2010)
  • Best teachers, accountability, math & science prep. (Jan 2009)
  • New discoveries make evolutionary explanation less plausible. (Feb 2008)
  • My parents didn't sue when I was paddled at school. (Feb 2008)
  • Boy Scouts granted right to use schools in 2002 NCLB law. (Feb 2008)
  • $305 million for public schools and colleges. (Jan 2001)
  • Start a pilot voucher program in Texas. (Jun 2002)
  • Supports vouchers, but didn't push proposal through. (May 1999)
  • Supports voluntary prayer in public schools. (Aug 2010)
Mike Rawlings on Education
Mayor of Dallas: Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Mike Rawlings on other issues.
  • Public-private partnerships are critical to public schools. (Jun 2011)
  • Let families know they can depend on our public schools. (Jun 2011)
  • Lobby for public school funding and initiatives. (Jun 2011)

Senate:

TX 2014: 2014 TX Senate debate


John Cornyn on Education
Republican Jr Senator (TX): Click here for 6 full quotes OR click here for John Cornyn on other issues.
  • Competition would help improve our public schools. (Jun 2002)
  • Voted NO 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)
Ted Cruz on Education
Republican Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Ted Cruz on other issues.
  • Education decisions best made at local level. (Jun 2012)
David Dewhurst on Education
Republican Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for David Dewhurst on other issues.
  • Protect student's right to pray and reflect in schools. (Apr 2012)
Kay Bailey Hutchison on Education
Republican Sr Senator (TX): Click here for 15 full quotes OR click here for Kay Bailey Hutchison 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 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)
  • More foreign languages courses and exchange students. (Feb 2001)
  • Rated 36% by the NEA, indicating a mixed record on public education. (Dec 2003)
Paul Sadler on Education
Democratic Challenger: Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Paul Sadler on other issues.
  • Opposes private school vouchers. (Apr 2012)
  • Prohibit mandatory prayer and teacher-led prayer. (Apr 2012)
  • Support Texas public schools; raised teacher pay 3 times. (Mar 2012)

House:


Joe Linus Barton on Education
Republican Representative (TX-6): Click here for 11 full quotes OR click here for Joe Linus Barton 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 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)
  • Make employee educational assistance tax-deductible. (Jan 1993)
  • Supports a Constitutional Amendment for school prayer. (May 1997)
Kevin Brady on Education
Republican Representative (TX-8): Click here for 11 full quotes OR click here for Kevin Brady 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)
Michael Burgess on Education
Republican Representative (TX-26): Click here for 8 full quotes OR click here for Michael Burgess on other issues.
  • Parents and school boards should control local education. (Oct 2002)
  • 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 33% by the NEA, indicating anti-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Constitutionally guarantee parent's right to educate kids. (Jan 2011)
Quico Canseco on Education
Republican (District 23): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Quico Canseco on other issues.
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the DC opportunity scholarship program. (Mar 2011)
John Carter on Education
Republican Representative (TX-31): Click here for 6 full quotes OR click here for John Carter 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 33% by the NEA, indicating anti-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
Joaquin Castro on Education
Democrat (District 20): Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Joaquin Castro on other issues.
  • Proud product of the public school system. (Nov 2012)
  • More funds for schools, teachers, and college. (Nov 2006)
  • Sponsored extending subsidized federal student loan rates until 2015. (Apr 2013)
Mike Conaway on Education
Republican Representative (TX-11): Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for Mike Conaway 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)
Henry Cuellar on Education
Democratic Representative (TX-28): Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for Henry Cuellar 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 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)
John Culberson on Education
Republican Representative (TX-7): Click here for 10 full quotes OR click here for John Culberson 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)
  • Abolish the federal Department of Education. (Dec 2000)
  • Supports requiring schools to allow prayer. (Jan 2001)
  • Rated 33% by the NEA, indicating anti-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
Lloyd Doggett on Education
Democratic Representative (TX-25): Click here for 12 full quotes OR click here for Lloyd Doggett on other issues.
  • Supports charter schools. (Nov 2002)
  • 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)
  • Rated 92% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
Blake Farenthold on Education
Republican (District 27): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Blake Farenthold on other issues.
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the DC opportunity scholarship program. (Mar 2011)
Bill Flores on Education
Republican (District 17): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Bill Flores on other issues.
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the DC opportunity scholarship program. (Mar 2011)
  • $110M per year to teach abstinence in public schools. (Mar 2013)
Pete Gallego on Education
Democrat (District 23): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Pete Gallego on other issues.
  • Fought to stop $5.4 billion in cuts to public education. (Nov 2012)
Louie Gohmert on Education
Republican Representative (TX-1): Click here for 6 full quotes OR click here for Louie Gohmert 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)
  • Constitutionally guarantee parent's right to educate kids. (Jan 2011)
Kay Granger on Education
Republican Representative (TX-12): Click here for 14 full quotes OR click here for Kay Granger 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)
  • 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 33% by the NEA, indicating anti-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Supported funding for teacher training & other initiatives. (Jul 1999)
Al Green on Education
Democratic Representative (TX-9): Click here for 7 full quotes OR click here for Al Green 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)
  • Sponsored 10/10 Loan Forgiveness: cancel college loans after 10 years. (Mar 2013)
  • Sponsored extending subsidized federal student loan rates until 2015. (Apr 2013)
Gene Green on Education
Democratic Representative (TX-29): Click here for 16 full quotes OR click here for Gene Green 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 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)
  • Supports requiring schools to allow prayer. (Jan 2001)
  • Opposes requiring schools to allow school prayer. (Jan 2001)
  • Rated 100% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Sponsored 10/10 Loan Forgiveness: cancel college loans after 10 years. (Mar 2013)
  • Sponsored extending subsidized federal student loan rates until 2015. (Apr 2013)
  • Make employee educational assistance tax-deductible. (Jan 1993)
Ralph Moody Hall on Education
Republican Representative (TX-4): Click here for 13 full quotes OR click here for Ralph Moody Hall 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 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)
  • Supports requiring schools to allow prayer. (Jan 2001)
  • Reduce class size to 18 children in grades 1 to 3. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 58% by the NEA, indicating a mixed record on public education. (Dec 2003)
  • Constitutionally guarantee parent's right to educate kids. (Jan 2011)
  • Supports a Constitutional Amendment for school prayer. (May 1997)
Jeb Hensarling on Education
Republican Representative (TX-5): Click here for 6 full quotes OR click here for Jeb Hensarling 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)
Ruben Hinojosa on Education
Democratic Representative (TX-15): Click here for 14 full quotes OR click here for Ruben Hinojosa 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)
  • 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)
  • Sponsored 10/10 Loan Forgiveness: cancel college loans after 10 years. (Mar 2013)
  • Sponsored extending subsidized federal student loan rates until 2015. (Apr 2013)
Sheila Jackson Lee on Education
Democratic Representative (TX-18): Click here for 13 full quotes OR click here for Sheila Jackson Lee 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 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)
  • Rated 100% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Sponsored 10/10 Loan Forgiveness: cancel college loans after 10 years. (Mar 2013)
  • Sponsored extending subsidized federal student loan rates until 2015. (Apr 2013)
  • Supported funding for teacher training & other initiatives. (Jul 1999)
Eddie Bernice Johnson on Education
Democratic Representative (TX-30): Click here for 13 full quotes OR click here for Eddie Bernice Johnson 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)
  • Comprehensive sex ed for sexually-active adolescents. (May 2013)
  • Supported funding for teacher training & other initiatives. (Jul 1999)
Sam Johnson on Education
Republican Representative (TX-3): Click here for 14 full quotes OR click here for Sam Johnson 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)
  • Supports requiring schools to allow prayer. (Jan 2001)
  • Rated 17% by the NEA, indicating anti-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Supports a Constitutional Amendment for school prayer. (May 1997)
Scott Keller on Education
Independent Challenger (District 8): Click here for 6 full quotes OR click here for Scott Keller on other issues.
  • Education, not reducation: help critical thinking. (Apr 2013)
  • Strongly opposes teacher-led prayer in public schools. (Apr 2013)
  • Communitize instead of government control or privatization. (Apr 2013)
  • We need comprehensive education reform, not NCLB. (Aug 2011)
  • Unfair to turn our schools into pulpit for any religion. (Aug 2011)
  • No privatization of education. (Aug 2011)
Kenny Marchant on Education
Republican Representative (TX-24): Click here for 6 full quotes OR click here for Kenny Marchant 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)
  • $110M per year to teach abstinence in public schools. (Feb 2013)
Michael McCaul on Education
Republican Representative (TX-10): Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for Michael McCaul 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 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)
Randy Neugebauer on Education
Republican Representative (TX-19): Click here for 7 full quotes OR click here for Randy Neugebauer 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)
  • $110M per year to teach abstinence in public schools. (Mar 2013)
Beto O`Rourke on Education
Democrat (District 16): Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Beto O`Rourke on other issues.
  • More pre-school; more science teachers. (Nov 2012)
  • Comprehensive sex ed for sexually-active adolescents. (Sep 2013)
  • Sponsored extending subsidized federal student loan rates until 2015. (Apr 2013)
Pete Olson on Education
Republican (District 22): Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Pete Olson on other issues.
  • 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)
Ted Poe on Education
Republican Representative (TX-2): Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for Ted Poe 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)
Silvestre Reyes on Education
Democratic Representative (TX-16): Click here for 12 full quotes OR click here for Silvestre Reyes 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)
  • 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)
Pete Sessions on Education
Republican Representative (TX-32): Click here for 11 full quotes OR click here for Pete Sessions 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)
  • Rated 17% by the NEA, indicating anti-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Supports a Constitutional Amendment for school prayer. (May 1997)
Lamar Smith on Education
Republican Representative (TX-21): Click here for 12 full quotes OR click here for Lamar Smith 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)
  • Voted YES on giving federal aid only to schools allowing voluntary prayer. (Mar 1994)
  • Supports requiring schools to allow prayer. (Jan 2001)
  • Rated 17% by the NEA, indicating anti-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
Mac Thornberry on Education
Republican Representative (TX-13): Click here for 12 full quotes OR click here for Mac Thornberry 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)
  • Supports requiring schools to allow prayer. (Jan 2001)
  • Rated 27% by the NEA, indicating anti-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Supports a Constitutional Amendment for school prayer. (May 1997)
Marc Veasey on Education
Democrat (District 33): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Marc Veasey on other issues.
  • Fought $5.4 billion cut from public education. (Nov 2012)
Filemon Vela on Education
Democrat (District 34): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Filemon Vela on other issues.
  • Sponsored extending subsidized federal student loan rates until 2015. (Apr 2013)
Randy Weber on Education
Republican (District 14): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Randy Weber on other issues.
  • Opposes federal grants for education reforms. (Sep 2012)
Roger Williams on Education
Republican (District 25): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Roger Williams on other issues.
  • Advocate for school choice, charter schools & home schooling. (Nov 2012)
  • Opposes federal grants for education reforms. (Sep 2012)

Former candidates & officeholders:


Elizabeth Ames Jones on Education
Former Republican Challenger (2012): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Elizabeth Ames Jones on other issues.
  • Advocate of parental choice in education. (May 2012)
Tom Leppert on Education
Former Republican Challenger (2012): Click here for Tom Leppert on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Jon Roland on Education
Libertarian Senate Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Jon Roland on other issues.
  • Return to mixed-age Lancasterian classroom system. (Jan 1998)
Charles Gonzalez on Education
Democrat: Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for Charles Gonzalez 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)
  • 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)
Ron Paul on Education
Republican Representative (TX-14); previously Libertarian for President: Click here for 28 full quotes OR click here for Ron Paul on other issues.
  • Obama's education stances compared to Paul's. (Jan 2012)
  • Student loan program is a total failure and unconstitutional. (Nov 2011)
  • Abolish college aid after a transition period. (Oct 2011)
  • Stop enforcing No Child Left Behind; allow opt-out of system. (Sep 2011)
  • Competition helps, but vouchers invite bureaucratic control. (Apr 2011)
  • No-Child-Left-Behind hooks institutions on federal funding. (Apr 2011)
  • Evolution doesn't support atheism nor diminish God. (Apr 2011)
  • School prayer is not a federal issue. (Apr 2008)
  • Private funds for arts work better than government funds. (Apr 2008)
  • Close Dept. of Education, but donít dismantle public schools. (Dec 2007)
  • Encourage homeschooling & private school via tax writeoff. (Dec 2007)
  • Donít impeach judges for decisions on legislature prayers. (Sep 2007)
  • Present scientific facts that support creationism. (Sep 2007)
  • Equal funds for abstinence as contraceptive-based education. (Sep 2007)
  • Tax-credited programs for Christian schooling. (Sep 2007)
  • Guarantee parity for home school diplomas. (Sep 2007)
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the DC opportunity scholarship program. (Mar 2011)
  • Voted NO on $40B for green public schools. (May 2009)
  • 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 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 YES on vouchers for private & parochial schools. (Nov 1997)
  • Abolish the federal Department of Education. (Dec 2000)
  • Sponsored bill for private scholarships to public schools. (Feb 2003)
  • Rated 67% by the NEA, indicating a mixed record on public education. (Dec 2003)
  • Supports a Constitutional Amendment for school prayer. (May 1997)
Steve Stockman on Education
Republican (District 36): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Steve Stockman on other issues.
  • Vouchers for public, private or religious schools. ()
Tony Sanchez on Education
Democrat 2000 Challenger: Click here for 8 full quotes OR click here for Tony Sanchez on other issues.
  • Education reforms must have grassroots support. (May 2002)
  • Reimagine relationship between state and school. (May 2002)
  • Use Texas scholars to create new textbooks for schools. (May 2002)
  • Plan allows students to take assessment tests when ready. (May 2002)
  • Universities to work with new laboratory schools. (May 2002)
  • Judge schools on quality of books & facilities. (Mar 2002)
  • Supports Moment of Silence in schools. (Oct 2001)
  • Vouchers take money from underfunded schools. (Jun 2002)
Ken Bentsen on Education
Former Dem.challenger (withdrew Jan. 2006), former U.S. Rep.: Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Ken Bentsen 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)
  • Three Rís: $35B for Reinvestment,Reinvention,Responsibility. (Jan 2001)
Jack Fields on Education
Republican Former (1994-) (District 8): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Jack Fields on other issues.
  • Voted YES on giving federal aid only to schools allowing voluntary prayer. (Mar 1994)
Martin Frost on Education
Democrat (Until 2004) (District 24): Click here for 9 full quotes OR click here for Martin Frost 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 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 100% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Make employee educational assistance tax-deductible. (Jan 1993)
Phil Gramm on Education
Former Republican Senator: Click here for 9 full quotes OR click here for Phil Gramm on other issues.
  • 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)
  • Voted YES on requiring schools to allow voluntary prayer. (Jul 1994)
Gene Kelly on Education
Former Democratic Challenger (2006): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Gene Kelly on other issues.
  • Supports Organized Prayer In Public Schools. (Sep 2000)
Ron Kirk on Education
2002 Democratic Candidate: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Ron Kirk on other issues.
  • Educating children for success will be a priority. (Dec 2001)
Nicholas Lampson on Education
Democrat (Unseated 2008) (District 9): Click here for 7 full quotes OR click here for Nicholas Lampson on other issues.
  • Voted YES on additional $10.2B for federal education & HHS projects. (Nov 2007)
  • 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)
  • 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)
Mary Ruwart on Education
2000 Libertarian Challenger for Senate (TX): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Mary Ruwart on other issues.
  • Supports parents choosing schools via vouchers. (Sep 2000)
  • Neutral on Organized Prayer In Public Schools. (Sep 2000)
Max Sandlin on Education
Democrat (Until 2004) (District 1): Click here for 7 full quotes OR click here for Max Sandlin 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 NO on allowing vouchers in DC schools. (Aug 1998)
  • Voted NO on vouchers for private & parochial schools. (Nov 1997)
  • Supports requiring schools to allow prayer. (Jan 2001)
  • Teacher development grants to improve math & science classes. (Jan 2001)
  • Rated 100% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
Shelley Sekula-Gibbs on Education
Republican Former (2006-2007) (District 22): Click here for Shelley Sekula-Gibbs on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Jim Turner on Education
Democrat (Until 2004) (District 2): Click here for 6 full quotes OR click here for Jim Turner 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 NO on allowing vouchers in DC schools. (Aug 1998)
  • Voted NO on vouchers for private & parochial schools. (Nov 1997)
  • Supports requiring schools to allow prayer. (Jan 2001)
  • Rated 100% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
Bill Archer on Education
Republican (District 7): Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Bill Archer on other issues.
  • 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)
Dick Armey on Education
Republican (District 26): Click here for 7 full quotes OR click here for Dick Armey on other issues.
  • Commonsense values are militantly rejected on college campus. (Aug 2010)
  • 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 requiring schools to allow prayer. (Jan 2001)
  • Supports a Constitutional Amendment for school prayer. (May 1997)
Chris Bell on Education
Democrat (District 25): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Chris Bell on other issues.
  • Rated 100% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
Ken Bentsen on Education
Democrat (District 25): Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Ken Bentsen 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)
  • Three Rís: $35B for Reinvestment,Reinvention,Responsibility. (Jan 2001)
Henry Bonilla on Education
Republican (District 23): Click here for 10 full quotes OR click here for Henry Bonilla 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 YES on vouchers for private & parochial schools. (Nov 1997)
  • Voted YES on giving federal aid only to schools allowing voluntary prayer. (Mar 1994)
  • Supports requiring schools to allow prayer. (Jan 2001)
  • Rated 33% by the NEA, indicating anti-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Supports a Constitutional Amendment for school prayer. (May 1997)
Ronald Coleman on Education
Democrat (1982-1996) (District 16): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Ronald Coleman on other issues.
  • Voted NO on giving federal aid only to schools allowing voluntary prayer. (Mar 1994)
  • Make employee educational assistance tax-deductible. (Jan 1993)
Larry Combest on Education
Republican (District 19): Click here for 8 full quotes OR click here for Larry Combest 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)
  • Let schools display the words "God Bless America". (Oct 2001)
  • Supports requiring schools to allow prayer. (Jan 2001)
  • Make employee educational assistance tax-deductible. (Jan 1993)
  • Supports a Constitutional Amendment for school prayer. (May 1997)
Prof. Tom Davis on Education
Green Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Prof. Tom Davis on other issues.
  • No vouchers the way theyíre defined today. (Aug 2008)
Tom DeLay on Education
Republican (District 22): Click here for 10 full quotes OR click here for Tom DeLay on other issues.
  • 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)
  • Voted YES on giving federal aid only to schools allowing voluntary prayer. (Mar 1994)
  • Supports requiring schools to allow prayer. (Jan 2001)
  • Rated 9% by the NEA, indicating anti-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Make employee educational assistance tax-deductible. (Jan 1993)
  • Supports a Constitutional Amendment for school prayer. (May 1997)
Chet Edwards on Education
Democratic Representative (TX-17): Click here for 10 full quotes OR click here for Chet Edwards 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)
  • 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)
Darrel Hunter on Education
Democratic Senate Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Darrel Hunter on other issues.
  • End race based college admissions. (Nov 2004)
Scott Jameson on Education
Libertarian Challenger: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Scott Jameson on other issues.
  • Parents choose schools via vouchers. (Aug 2008)
  • Vouchers ok for public, private, or religious school. (Aug 2006)
Rick Noriega on Education
Democratic Senate Challenger: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Rick Noriega on other issues.
  • Address our crumbling school system. (Jun 2008)
  • Scrap ďNo Child Left BehindĒ. (Mar 2008)
Solomon Ortiz on Education
Democratic Representative (TX-27): Click here for 11 full quotes OR click here for Solomon Ortiz 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 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)
  • Supports requiring schools to allow prayer. (Jan 2001)
  • Rated 100% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
Barbara Radnofsky on Education
Democratic challenger: Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for Barbara Radnofsky on other issues.
  • Expand Upward Bound & Head Start. (Apr 2006)
  • Strengthen Pell Grant programs. (Jan 2006)
  • Improve and fund our public school systems. (Sep 2005)
  • Vouchers are divisive. (Sep 2005)
  • Vouchers bankrupt our public educational system. (Sep 2005)
Ciro Rodriguez on Education
Democratic Representative (TX-23): Click here for 9 full quotes OR click here for Ciro Rodriguez 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 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)
Charles Stenholm on Education
Democrat (District 17): Click here for 8 full quotes OR click here for Charles Stenholm 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 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)
  • Supports requiring schools to allow prayer. (Jan 2001)
  • Rated 100% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Supports a Constitutional Amendment for school prayer. (May 1997)

                                                                                                                                                                               
  


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