Bill Weld on Education

Libertarian Party nominee for Vice Pres.; former GOP MA Governor; 2020 GOP Presidential Challenger


Abolish the federal Department of Education

Source: Business Insider background for 2019 GOP presidential debate , Sep 24, 2019

Control of education by states and parents, more choice

Parents need more options regarding the education of their children. We need to support school choice. We need to support home schooling. We need to support charter schools. And we need to consider abolishing the U. S. Department of Education, transferring decision-making authority to the States and the parents of school-age and college-age children. Oh, and the current federal provision which prevents the renegotiation of student debt? We need to repeal it immediately.
Source: Speech in New Hampshire by 2020 presidential hopefuls , Feb 15, 2019

Prefers state input on education, not one national standard

Weld told The Associated Press that swapping state standards for proposed national ones is "a retrograde step" and a precursor to eliminating the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System, or MCAS, tests in both of those subject areas. More broadly, he said the state's unique education curriculum "is a competitive advantage Massachusetts has. If you say, 'Let's have one national standard,' then we're the same as everyone else. That makes no sense to me."
Source: Springfield Republican (MassLive.com) on 2016 Veepstakes , Jul 20, 2010

Establish the first 25 charter schools in Massachusetts

In 1993, Governor Weld signed the Education Reform Act into law. Among other things, the new law authorizes the establishment of up to 25 charter schools, beginning in 1995. No more than five of these schools may be established in Boston or Springfield, no more than two may be located in any other city or town, and no more than 0.75% of the total public school student population may attend charter schools. Tuition payments will vary, depending on where a school is located.
Source: The Heritage Foundation, "School Choice": 2016 Veepstakes , Mar 1, 1995

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