Mike Gravel on Education

Libertarian for President; Former Dem. Senator (AK); withdrew from Presidential primary July 2019


Delink property taxes to equalize education funding

The inequities pervasive in American education are symptomatic of the broader national sickness of gross inequality and a refusal to care for the least well-off among us. Many lower-income people don't have access to high-quality preschool, giving their children a disadvantage at the start of kindergarten; this disadvantage is often compounded during years spent in badly-funded school districts.
Source: 2020 Presidential campaign website MikeGravel.com , Apr 9, 2019

Student Debt Jubilee: one-time government debt forgiveness

The oft-prohibitive cost of attending a university (let alone attending a graduate program) means that many forego the possibility or attend cheaper options for post-secondary education. Many lower-income people who do decide to pursue post-secondary education also take on a precipitous amount of student debt, debilitating their financial prospects for years.
Source: 2020 Presidential campaign website MikeGravel.com , Apr 9, 2019

Science must guide us, not religious extremism

Sadly, in many parts of the world rationalism is on the wane and religious fanaticism on the rise. We know the role religion plays in the upsurge of terrorism today. But in America we also face religious extremism: right-wing Republicans have poisoned ou national life by imposing their brand of Christianity on secular life.

America is not a Christian nation. It is a secular nation. The Constitution protects all forms of religious worship but bars any of them being an official faith.

Religious freedom is enshrined in the First Amendment: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” George W. Bush and his religious right allies ought to read that amendment over a few times, to let it sink in. The government shouldn’t have anything to do with faith. Period.

Religious belief cannot be allowed to influence public policy. Science must guide us on climate change, evolution, stem cell research and reproductive rights.

Source: A Political Odyssey, by Mike Gravel, p. 72-73 , May 2, 2008

Supports vouchers, charters, and magnet schools