George Pataki on Education

Republican NY Governor


Common Core is a horrible idea

At the New Hampshire Republican Leadership Summit in April, Pataki said, "Common Core is a horrible idea. It's exactly like ObamaCare. You have a bunch of people sitting in a faraway place in Washington who think they are smarter than we are, who are going to dictate to every community in this country how they educate their child. That's not America. So Common Core should go.:

Pataki further said, "We have to scale back the Department of Education dramatically. It is too big, like the rest of the government, too big, too powerful and too intrusive. Education has always been a state-controlled issue. I am a believer that the best government is the government closest to the people. So leave education to the local schools, the district schools, the states. And let the Education Department get information on best practices that they can distribute, but not try to tell our schools and our parents how our children are educated in America. Period."

Source: Forbes Magazine "2016 Candidates Want You to Know" series , Jun 11, 2015

Expand charter schools throughout the state

Our Charter Schools have been a great success--competition works. Now, let's build on that success by dramatically expanding charter schools throughout the entire state.

Let's give middle school students an academic boost--let's provide them with new math and science summer programs at our community colleges all across the Empire State. Together, let's make a New York education an invaluable competitive advantage for our next generation.

Source: State of the State address to 2006 New York Legislature , Jan 4, 2006

Fund charter schools as independent non-profit entities

Source: Governor’s web site, state.ny.us/governor/ , Jun 7, 2001

Focus educational resources to help those with greatest need.

Pataki adopted the Republican Main Street Partnership agenda item:

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) helps to fulfill the most basic mission of federal education programs—equal opportunity for all children. To help improve the federal role in education, the Republican Main Street Partnership has identified the following areas that should receive priority during the reauthorization of IDEA:

Source: 2001 GOP Main Street Partnership Action Agenda for Education 01-RMSP2 on Jul 2, 2001

Require state standards, regular assessments, and sanctions.

Pataki adopted the Republican Main Street Partnership agenda item:

Source: 2001 GOP Main Street Partnership Action Agenda for Education 01-RMSP3 on Jul 2, 2001

Support Ed-Flex: more flexibility if more accountable.

Pataki adopted the Republican Main Street Partnership agenda item:

Source: 2001 GOP Main Street Partnership Action Agenda for Education 01-RMSP4 on Jul 2, 2001

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