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Stacey Abrams on Education
Democratic Gubernatorial Challenger (GA); 2020 Veepstakes contender
Click here for 10 full quotes by Stacey Abrams OR click here for Stacey Abrams on other issues.
  • Lower-income neighborhoods have lower-ranked schools. (Jun 2020)
  • 4-year degree gains white family $55,900 & black only $4,800. (Mar 2019)
  • Invest what is necessary for education from cradle to career. (Feb 2019)
  • Needs-based college tuition for low-income students. (Nov 2018)
  • A college degree is no guarantee of opportunity. (Apr 2018)
  • No money for school vouchers. (Sep 2017)
  • Must offer many paths for higher education. (Sep 2017)
  • Help students from early learning thru post-secondary school. (May 2017)
  • Chief Turnaround Officers for low-performing schools. (Mar 2017)
  • Voted NO on $42M more tax credits for private schools. (Mar 2017)
Justin Amash on Education
Independent MI Rep; possible Presidential Challenger
Click here for 7 full quotes by Justin Amash OR click here for Justin Amash on other issues.
  • Education key to fixing wealth gap, leave it at state level. (May 2020)
  • Don't infringe right of parents to educate their children. (Nov 2010)
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the DC opportunity scholarship program. (Mar 2011)
  • Denounce the Common Core State Standards. (Feb 2014)
  • A-PLUS lets states escape No Child Left Behind. (Jul 2015)
  • Vouchers break link of low-income and low-quality schools. (Oct 2015)
  • Rated Voted NO on private lawsuits for school race discrimination. (Sep 2020)
Joe Biden on Education
Former Vice President; previously Democratic Senator (DE)
Click here for 49 full quotes by Joe Biden OR click here for Joe Biden on other issues.
  • FactCheck: Attended U.Delaware, not Delaware State HBCU. (Sep 2020)
  • Student debt should not crush young college graduates. (Aug 2020)
  • Plan to forgive federal student debt & ease repayment burden. (Apr 2020)
  • Provide school lunch even if schools closed for pandemic. (Mar 2020)
  • 12 years of education is not enough; we need 16 now, free. (Mar 2020)
  • Your zip code shouldn't matter in access to a good education. (Feb 2020)
  • 2005: no bankruptcy for student loans; 2015: student relief. (May 2019)
  • Free tuition at community colleges & state universities. (Apr 2019)
  • 1970s: outspoken Senate critic of school desegregation. (Mar 2019)
  • College plagiarism was honest (but careless) mistake. (Oct 2017)
  • No Child Left Behind was left behind. (Oct 2008)
  • Hire more teachers and pay them for smaller classes. (Dec 2007)
  • For longer school day & school year, & 16-year minimum. (Oct 2007)
  • There needs to be performance-based pay for teachers. (Aug 2007)
  • Teach sex ed in schools; including prevention methods. (Aug 2007)
  • Sent kids to private school after death of their mother. (Jul 2007)
  • Overcome racial achievement gap with early education. (Jun 2007)
  • NCLB needs more resources, but also is fundamentally flawed. (Feb 2007)
  • Princeton was last Ivy holdout to admit women & minorities. (Jan 2006)
  • I oppose school busing because it fails, not for racism. (Oct 1975)
  • Single statewide school district tax, for equal distribution. (Oct 1975)

    Education Funding

  • Two years of pre-school; two years of free community college. (Apr 2021)
  • $200B in emergency COVID funding for K-12 schools. (Mar 2021)
  • Write off $10,000 in student debt, not $50,000. (Feb 2021)
  • Fund research at HBCUs for foundational support. (Oct 2020)
  • Increase Title 1 funding from $15 billion to $45 billion. (Oct 2020)
  • $100B for school ventilation; part of $1T for infrastructure. (Sep 2020)
  • Triple money to Title One schools; provide early education. (Aug 2020)
  • 3X money for Title I schools; free community college tuition. (Jun 2019)
  • $500M for businesses partnerships at community colleges. (Feb 2012)
  • $500M for Race to the Top's Early Learning Challenges. (May 2011)
  • Laid out a $30 billion plan over five years for education. (Nov 2007)
  • $3000 tax credit for college for anyone earning under $150K. (Sep 2007)
  • Pay teachers more to get better educational results. (Apr 2007)
  • FactCheck: Japan pays teachers more, but not India & China. (Apr 2007)

    Voting Record

  • Voting for No Child Left Behind was a mistake. (Jul 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 YES on Educational Savings Accounts. (Mar 2000)
  • Voted YES on education savings accounts. (Jun 1998)
  • Voted NO on school vouchers in DC. (Sep 1997)
  • Voted YES 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 91% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
Don Blankenship on Education
WV Senate contender and Constitution Party presidential nominee
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  • Tax relief for families whose children not in public school. (May 2020)
  • My school sang "God Bless America" on most mornings. (May 2019)
  • Teachers should be graded and denied raises if sub-standard. (Mar 2018)
Mike Bloomberg on Education
Mayor of New York City (Independent)
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  • NYC schools did improve; and better for minorities. (Feb 2020)
  • Charter schools worked in NYC, but not everywhere. (Feb 2020)
  • Make education and training a national priority. (Jan 2020)
  • More than 126,000 classroom seats added, 600 new schools. (Nov 2019)
  • Help public schools with deductibility of local taxes. (Dec 2017)
  • Push Voc-Ed: plumbers earn more than Harvard grads. (Feb 2015)
  • Creationism boggles the mind, two centuries after Darwin. (Apr 2013)
  • Included among celebrity philanthropists who fund schools. (Feb 2011)
  • Pushed for mayoral control of city school system. (Feb 2011)
  • Liberate 1.1 million students from deadly bureaucracy. (Sep 2010)
  • All social problems are ameliorated by better education. (Sep 2010)
  • Increased school budget from $12B to $20B. (Sep 2010)
  • Ban the use of cell phones in public schools. (Sep 2010)
  • Slash bureaucracy; reward principal & teacher excellence. (Jan 2008)
  • End the shameful practice of social promotion. (Jan 2008)
  • No more tinkering at margins: cut bureaucracy; add charters. (Jun 2007)
  • Replaced school board with direct mayoral control. (May 2007)
  • No social promotion; more after-school. (May 2007)
  • Strengthened cell-phone ban in city schools. (May 2007)
  • Focus on increasing high school graduation rates. (Apr 2007)
  • Debated against eliminating social promotion. (Jan 2007)
  • No computers in early grade school. (Aug 2001)
Cory Booker on Education
Mayor of Newark; N.J. Senator; 2020 presidential contender (withdrawn)
Click here for 27 full quotes by Cory Booker OR click here for Cory Booker on other issues.
  • Government should not profit from student debt. (Apr 2019)
  • Investment in education helps the whole society. (Apr 2019)
  • Support public education including some charter schools. (Mar 2019)
  • Free community college; loan forgiveness; apprenticeships. (Mar 2019)
  • New public school models & more public education options. (Apr 2017)
  • 2010: Make Newark the nation's charter school capital. (Aug 2016)
  • OpEd: community engagement or public relations? (Aug 2016)
  • Radical reform needed for youth to move forward. (Aug 2016)
  • Urban school districts are beholden to public worker union. (Sep 2015)
  • Star fundraiser for Democrats for Education Reform. (Sep 2015)
  • Ensure that college tuition is not a long-term burden. (Nov 2013)
  • Pre-school for 3-year-olds; more teacher empowerment. (Nov 2013)
  • Fundamental right to high quality public education. (Nov 2013)
  • Newark Workshops got $1.3M in Pell Grants. (Nov 2013)
  • Supports "Race to the Top" education reform. (Aug 2013)
  • Supports school voucher proposal, like other Democrats. (Aug 2013)
  • Brother runs a charter school in inner-city Memphis. (Dec 2012)
  • Arranged $100M school grant from Facebook founder Zuckerberg. (Jun 2012)
  • Supports school vouchers. (May 2012)
  • 2010: Appointed to oversee $100M donation to Newark schools. (Feb 2011)
  • OpEd: $100M gift to Newark schools was a publicity sellout. (Feb 2011)
  • Supervises Newark schools by gubernatorial appointment. (Feb 2011)
  • $120 million for "Teachers Village" where educators live. (Sep 2010)
  • Founded the Newark Charter School Fund. (Feb 2010)
  • Charters & alternatives for persistently failing schools. (May 2009)
  • Vouchers and charters can work in inner cities. (Feb 2001)
  • Make two years of community college free. (Jul 2015)
Pete Buttigieg on Education
Democratic Presidential Challenger; IN Mayor
Click here for 10 full quotes by Pete Buttigieg OR click here for Pete Buttigieg on other issues.
  • Teachers shouldn't have to pay their own classroom expenses. (Feb 2020)
  • Schoolchildren shouldn't have to have active shooter drills. (Feb 2020)
  • Triple Title I funding; create Education Access Corps. (Feb 2020)
  • Stand up and support public education. (Feb 2020)
  • Public-service loan forgiveness program. (Jul 2019)
  • Rich kids should pay tuition; but make it more affordable. (Jun 2019)
  • States should take on more of cost of higher education. (Apr 2019)
  • Supports loan forgiveness but not across the board. (Apr 2019)
  • Charter schools have a place in the school ecosystem. (Apr 2019)
  • Charter schools can't replace public, but can try new things. (Mar 2019)
Julian Castro on Education
Democratic Presidential Challenger (withdrawn); former HUD Secretary
Click here for 14 full quotes by Julian Castro OR click here for Julian Castro on other issues.
  • School curriculum should include climate change. (Sep 2019)
  • Inner cities need help; invest in education. (Jul 2019)
  • Universal free meals in schools. (Jul 2019)
  • Give teachers tax credits of $2,000 to $10,000. (Jul 2019)
  • Nationwide expansion of universal pre-K. (Apr 2019)
  • Invest in public schools, pre-K through higher ed. (Apr 2019)
  • Extended Pre-K education for needy kids. (Feb 2019)
  • Two free years of higher education. (Jan 2019)
  • Attended Catholic school and public elementary school. (Oct 2018)
  • Our most chronic problem is inequity in education. (Oct 2018)
  • Graduated high school early to attend Stanford & Harvard Law. (Oct 2018)
  • Money for education is investment, not charity. (Sep 2012)
  • 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)
Bill de Blasio on Education
NYC Mayor; Democratic Presidential Challenger (withdrawn)
Click here for 6 full quotes by Bill de Blasio OR click here for Bill de Blasio on other issues.
  • OpEd: de Blasio has failed NYC schools. (May 2019)
  • Pre-K and 3-K for All. (Apr 2019)
  • 75% of kids graduated High School; 59% went on to college. (Jan 2019)
  • Add two Muslim holidays to public school vacation schedule. (Mar 2015)
  • Stop closures & develop a minimum of 100 community schools. (Oct 2013)
  • Create an early warning system before school failures. (Oct 2013)
Rocky De La Fuente on Education
Click here for 3 full quotes by Rocky De La Fuente OR click here for Rocky De La Fuente on other issues.
  • Empower parents and older children; personalized curriculum. (Jun 2020)
  • Funding for those in need, but not everyone needs college. (Mar 2020)
  • Keep college graduates in Florida after graduation. (Dec 2019)
Tulsi Gabbard on Education
Democratic Presidential Challenger; HI Rep.
Click here for 5 full quotes by Tulsi Gabbard OR click here for Tulsi Gabbard on other issues.
  • Free tuition at public higher education. (Mar 2019)
  • Tuition-free community college for all. (Jan 2019)
  • Rated No-strings-attached block grant will kill transparency. (Jul 2015)
  • Rated Oppose private and religious school voucher programs. (Oct 2015)
  • Voted YES on private lawsuits for school race discrimination. (Sep 2020)
Kirsten Gillibrand on Education
Democratic Senator (NY); Democratic Candidate for President (withdrawn)
Click here for 9 full quotes by Kirsten Gillibrand OR click here for Kirsten Gillibrand on other issues.
  • College tuition in exchange for public service. (May 2019)
  • Strongly support education, but one size doesn't fit all. (Apr 2019)
  • Make public higher education debt-free. (Jan 2019)
  • More funds for NCLB and early education. (Nov 2006)
  • Voted YES on additional $10.2B for federal education & HHS projects. (Nov 2007)
  • $25B to renovate or repair elementary schools. (Sep 2011)
  • Make two years of community college free. (Jul 2015)
  • Recruit women & minorities for STEM teaching. (Mar 2016)
  • Don't count combat pay against free school lunch. (Mar 2009)
Mike Gravel on Education
Libertarian for President; Former Dem. Senator (AK); withdrew from Presidential primary July 2019
Click here for 14 full quotes by Mike Gravel OR click here for Mike Gravel on other issues.
  • Delink property taxes to equalize education funding. (Apr 2019)
  • Student Debt Jubilee: one-time government debt forgiveness. (Apr 2019)
  • Science must guide us, not religious extremism. (May 2008)
  • Supports vouchers, charters, and magnet schools. (Apr 2008)
  • No position on separation of church & state. (Nov 2007)
  • Extend school day and extend school year. (Sep 2007)
  • Our school stats fail because we’re stuck in triumphalism. (Sep 2007)
  • GovWatch: Yes, Americans are getting fatter, but not dumber. (Sep 2007)
  • Supports merit pay for teachers; make education top priority. (Aug 2007)
  • Sent kids to some private school; likes a little competition. (Jul 2007)
  • US schools fail because we’re yoked by military. (Feb 2007)
  • Citizen Power includes school vouchers. (Jan 2007)
  • Vouchers are innovative & imaginative--let’s experiment. (Jan 1972)
  • 25% bonus for teachers in hardship areas. (Jan 1972)
Kamala Harris on Education
Democratic candidate for President (withdrawn); California Senator
Click here for 11 full quotes by Kamala Harris OR click here for Kamala Harris on other issues.
  • Files bill to keep schools open until 6 pm to help parents. (Nov 2019)
  • $2T for HBCUs; they produce so many of our teachers. (Sep 2019)
  • FactCheck: Did not desegregate LA and SF school districts. (Jul 2019)
  • Boost average teacher pay by $13,500. (May 2019)
  • Change rules on student debt: reduce interest, income based. (Apr 2019)
  • Federal money to subsidize teach pay raises. (Mar 2019)
  • Free tuition at four-year public colleges. (Jan 2019)
  • As child, bused to desegregated school with mixed races. (Jan 2019)
  • Took on Corinthian College, a for-profit college scam. (Jan 2019)
  • Ensure access to a high quality public education. (Aug 2016)
  • Make two years of community college free. (Jul 2015)
Howie Hawkins on Education
Green Party Challenger for President
Click here for 5 full quotes by Howie Hawkins OR click here for Howie Hawkins on other issues.
  • Free college tuition for qualified students; abolish loans. (Jul 2020)
  • Increased funding for the arts as essential. (Jul 2020)
  • Lifelong, tuition free public education at any age. (May 2019)
  • Free public education from pre-K through college. (May 2019)
  • Guarantee a quality education to everyone. (Jun 2006)
John Hickenlooper on Education
Democratic Presidential Challenger (withdrew, Aug. 2019); CO Governor
Click here for 11 full quotes by John Hickenlooper OR click here for John Hickenlooper on other issues.
  • Opposes vouchers for private or religious schools. (Oct 2020)
  • Expanded student loan repayment and forgiveness programs. (Oct 2020)
  • Free skills training & free community college. (Mar 2019)
  • Increase investment in education by additional $100M. (Jan 2018)
  • Schools should focus on skills for future jobs. (Jan 2018)
  • Reinvent bipartisan apprenticeships & workforce training. (Aug 2017)
  • Earn-and-learn programs to reduce attainment gap. (Jan 2016)
  • Some standardized testing is necessary. (Jan 2016)
  • Federal funds will ensure excellence in Education in CO. (May 2011)
  • Support great teachers in a 21st Century education system. (Nov 2010)
  • Anti-transgender bathrooms, according to CC survey. (Sep 2020)
Jo Jorgensen on Education
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  • Arm teachers to keep kids safe at school. (Nov 2020)
  • Opposes federally funded free college tuition. (Aug 2020)
  • I will work to eliminate the Department of Education. (Jul 2020)
John Kasich on Education
Republican Governor; previously Representative (OH-12); 2000 & 2016 candidate for President
Click here for 23 full quotes by John Kasich OR click here for John Kasich on other issues.
  • Unfair to shift tax decision from people to school board. (Apr 2017)
  • Go after cost drivers in colleges, like sell parking lots. (Oct 2015)
  • I like the ideas in Common Core, but not the program. (Jul 2015)
  • We need charter schools, with state oversight. (Jul 2015)
  • $120 million student debt relief fund; plus online college. (Feb 2015)
  • No unfunded mandates for schools. (Mar 2011)
  • Daughters attend a Christian school. (Jun 2010)
  • Bible stories are historical facts. (Jun 2010)
  • Did earth come about on its own? Evidence says No. (Jun 2010)
  • Our broken public school system is beyond fixing. (May 2006)
  • Competition is what's missing from public school monopoly. (May 2006)
  • Not enough money for public schools? Aw, give me a break!. (May 2006)
  • Send 95% of federal funds to classrooms. (May 1999)
  • Redirect AmeriCorps funds to college and mentoring. (May 1999)
  • Teach character in public school classrooms. (May 1999)
  • More after-school programs with federal plus local funding. (May 1999)

    School Choice

  • Empower local people instead of bureaucrats. (May 1999)
  • Create competition in public schools. (May 1999)
  • Tax money for entrepreneurial private schools. (Apr 1999)
  • 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 a Constitutional Amendment for school prayer. (May 1997)
Amy Klobuchar on Education
DFL Sr Senator (MN); Democratic presidential contender
Click here for 15 full quotes by Amy Klobuchar OR click here for Amy Klobuchar on other issues.
  • Incentivize and fund STEM education & apprenticeships. (Apr 2021)
  • Free college isn't enough; also 2-year degrees & plumbers. (Jan 2020)
  • Let graduates refinance loans at a better rate. (Jul 2019)
  • Boost teacher pay. (Jul 2019)
  • An infrastructure plan that includes schools. (Jul 2019)
  • Magic genie could fix college cost; I'd focus on Pell Grants. (Jun 2019)
  • Address student debt in ways beyond free college. (Apr 2019)
  • Loan forgiveness for those taking public service jobs. (Apr 2019)
  • I am not for free four-year college for all. (Feb 2019)
  • Free community college; expand Pell Grants. (Feb 2019)
  • No Child Left Behind is an unfunded mandate. (Jan 2006)
  • Expand early childhood education opportunities. (Jan 2006)
  • Voted YES on additional $10.2B for federal education & HHS projects. (Oct 2007)
  • Sponsored extending subsidized federal student loan rates until 2015. (Apr 2013)
  • Make two years of community college free. (Jul 2015)
Gloria La Riva on Education
Party for Socialism and Liberation nominee for President
Click here for 5 full quotes by Gloria La Riva OR click here for Gloria La Riva on other issues.
  • End unpaid internships; allow student workers to unionize. (Aug 2020)
  • Forgiveness of all outstanding federal student loans. (Aug 2020)
  • Schools should reflect community; students on school boards. (Aug 2020)
  • Guaranteed free education from pre-K through college. (Nov 2010)
  • Privatizing schools is just to reap profit. (Jan 2008)
Beto O`Rourke on Education
Democratic candidate for President; Texas Senator nominee
Click here for 9 full quotes by Beto O`Rourke OR click here for Beto O`Rourke on other issues.
  • Free 2-year college, and debt-free 4-year college. (Jul 2019)
  • Investment in public education pays off. (Oct 2018)
  • Vouchers funnel public school $ into private schools. (Oct 2018)
  • More pre-school; more science teachers. (Nov 2012)
  • Comprehensive sex ed for sexually-active adolescents. (Feb 2013)
  • Sponsored extending subsidized federal student loan rates until 2015. (Apr 2013)
  • Rated No-strings-attached block grant will kill transparency. (Jul 2015)
  • Rated Oppose private and religious school voucher programs. (Oct 2015)
  • Make two years of community college free. (Jul 2015)
Barack Obama on Education
Democratic President (2009-2017); IL Senator (2004-2008)
Click here for 77 full quotes by Barack Obama OR click here for Barack Obama on other issues.
  • OpEd: STEM focus follows from Cold War ideology. (Feb 2018)
  • Universal Pre-K and computer science classes on horizon. (Jan 2016)
  • $4.3B to induce states to expand charter schools. (Sep 2015)
  • Lower the cost of community college to zero. (Jan 2015)
  • Race to the Top for our youngest: pre-K available to all. (Jan 2014)
  • Re-equip high schools to train for jobs right now. (Feb 2013)
  • We reformed schools in 46 states, with their governors. (Oct 2012)
  • Recovery Act avoided layoffs; now hire more teachers. (Sep 2012)
  • 100,000 new science & math teachers over the next decade. (Sep 2012)
  • Educate to Innovate: new national STEM Master Teacher Corps. (Sep 2012)
  • To make a difference for kids, become a teacher. (Feb 2011)
  • Educate to Innovate campaign: make US top in math & science. (Sep 2010)
  • Quitting high school is quitting on your country. (Feb 2009)
  • Invest in early childhood education and higher education. (Aug 2008)
  • Fight for social & economic justice begins in the classroom. (Jul 2008)
  • Make math & science policy a national priority. (Jul 2008)
  • We need real commitment to education; instead we got NCLB. (Jun 2008)
  • $10 billion to guarantee early childhood education for all. (Jun 2008)
  • Evolution & science aren’t incompatible with Christian faith. (Apr 2008)
  • Mother home-schooled Obama in English while in Indonesia. (Apr 2008)
  • Children’s First Agenda: zero to five early education. (Feb 2008)
  • Put billions of dollars into early childhood education. (Jan 2008)
  • Need after-school and summer programs with good parenting. (Jan 2008)
  • Get parents re-engaged in educating the children. (Dec 2007)
  • Nationwide program to reconstruct crumbling school buildings. (Sep 2007)
  • STEP UP: summer learning opportunities for disadvantaged. (Aug 2007)
  • We left the money behind for No Child Left Behind. (Aug 2007)
  • Supreme Court was wrong on school anti-integration ruling. (Jul 2007)
  • Cut banks out and add $4.5 Billion to college loans. (Mar 2007)
  • Guarantee affordable life-long, top-notch education. (Jun 2006)
  • Race to the Top: 46 states competed for creative reform. (Oct 2005)
  • Sex education needed to help children discuss molestation. (Oct 2004)
  • Provide decent funding and get rid of anti-intellectualism. (Jul 2004)
  • Address the growing achievement gap between students. (May 2004)
  • Will add 25,000 teachers in high-need areas. (May 2004)


  • Prioritize free community college and reducing student debt. (Jan 2016)
  • College Scorecard: compare schools by affordability. (Feb 2013)
  • 2 million more slots in our community colleges. (Oct 2012)
  • Cut out the middleman on student loans from banks. (Oct 2012)
  • More education funding from early childhood thru Pell grants. (Sep 2012)
  • Michelle: We were so young, so in love, and so in debt. (Sep 2012)
  • Make community colleges into community career centers. (Jan 2012)
  • OpEd: Study visas for foreigners means brain drain abroad. (Jan 2011)
  • Jobs today require at least a bachelor's degree. (Sep 2010)
  • $10K college tax credit; forgive loans for public service. (Jan 2010)
  • $2,500 tax credit for all four years of college. (Feb 2009)
  • Refundable $4000 tax credit for community college tuition. (Aug 2008)
  • To compete, students need at least H.S. & college degree. (Jun 2008)
  • Pay for college education for those who commit to teaching. (Jun 2008)
  • $4,000 college tuition for 100 hours’ public service a year. (Feb 2008)

    Merit Incentives

  • Recruit 100,000 math & science teachers within 10 years. (Feb 2018)
  • Romney education stances compared to Obama. (Jan 2012)
  • FactCheck: Race to the Top has only rewarded 12 states. (Jan 2011)
  • Race to the Top: reward innovation in public schools. (Jan 2011)
  • Reward successful schools, instead of funding the status quo. (Jan 2010)
  • Volunteer in your neighborhood & we help pay for college. (Feb 2009)
  • Merit pay ok if based on career instead of a single test. (Apr 2008)
  • Pay “master teachers” extra, but with buy-in from teachers. (Aug 2007)
  • Incentives to hire a million teachers over next decade. (Jun 2007)
  • Pay teachers more money & treat them like professionals. (Jun 2007)
  • More teacher pay in exchange for more teacher accountability. (Oct 2006)
  • Free public college for any student with B-average. (Jul 1998)

    School Choice

  • Opposes D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program. (Feb 2012)
  • Increase school choice & accountability within NCLB. (Feb 2011)
  • I doubled charter schools in Illinois; but no vouchers. (Oct 2008)
  • Vouchers don’t solve the problems of our schools. (Oct 2008)
  • FactCheck: McCain for national reforms & also DC vouchers. (Oct 2008)
  • Supports charter schools; it’s important to experiment. (Feb 2008)
  • We need a sense of urgency about improving education system. (Sep 2007)
  • Sends kids to private school; but wants good schools for all. (Jul 2007)
  • Public school system status quo is indefensible. (Oct 2006)
  • Supports charter schools and private investment in schools. (Jul 1998)

    Voting Record

  • First Senate bill: increase Pell Grant from $4,050 to $5,100. (Aug 2007)
  • Sponsored legislations that recruit and reward good teachers. (Sep 2004)
  • 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)
Mike Pence on Education
Republian nominee for Vice President; Governor of Indiana; former Representative (IN-6)
Click here for 21 full quotes by Mike Pence OR click here for Mike Pence on other issues.
  • COVID: Don't want CDC guidance on school reopenings. (Sep 2020)
  • No federal pre-K grant, but pre-K voucher for neediest. (Sep 2020)
  • Budget proposes more money for private school vouchers. (Sep 2020)
  • Give parents right to choose: public, private, parochial. (Feb 2020)
  • Pro-voucher so parents decide how to educate their kids. (Jul 2016)
  • Replaced Common Core with state-standards version. (Jul 2016)
  • Incentivize teaching as a career. (Jan 2016)
  • Testing regime needs to be improved. (Jan 2016)
  • Connect high school grads with vocational ed OR college. (Dec 2013)
  • Fight for local control and responsibility of education. (Jan 2012)
  • Eliminate "No Child Left Behind" K-12 testing requirements. (Nov 2008)
  • 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)
  • Let schools display the words "God Bless America". (Oct 2001)
  • Rated 17% by the NEA, indicating anti-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Constitutionally guarantee parent's right to educate kids. (Jan 2011)
Bernie Sanders on Education
Democratic primary challenger; Independent VT Senator; previously Representative (VT-At-Large)
Click here for 53 full quotes by Bernie Sanders OR click here for Bernie Sanders on other issues.
  • Pay for free tuition with tax on Wall Street speculation. (Feb 2020)
  • School-to-prison pipeline is a horror show. (Feb 2020)
  • Freeze private charter schools; they have no accountability. (Feb 2020)
  • Make HBCUs debt-free, and cancel all student debt. (Sep 2019)
  • Save millennials by cancelling student debt. (Jul 2019)
  • Universal free meals in schools. (Jul 2019)
  • Rejected from Harvard in 1950s due to Jewish quota. (Jul 2019)
  • Busing an option, but integrated community schools are best. (Jun 2019)
  • Forgive student loans for both higher ed and trade school. (Jun 2019)
  • Crucial to invest in pre-K education for our future. (Feb 2019)
  • Education is the great equalizer on path to middle class. (Aug 2017)
  • Revolution needed in child-care and preschool jobs. (Nov 2016)
  • No privatization; no vouchers; charters only with standards. (Nov 2016)
  • Low income kids deserve free education, including college. (Feb 2016)
  • Replace NCLB standardized testing with holistic approach. (Sep 2015)
  • Ok to include mandates and incentives in Common Core. (Sep 2015)
  • Vouchers redirect public education dollar to private schools. (Sep 2015)
  • Charter schools ok if held to public school standards. (Sep 2015)
  • Taught low-income preschoolers through Head Start program. (Sep 2015)
  • Do away with fill-in-the-bubble standardized tests. (May 2015)
  • Education begins before age 4 or 5. (May 2015)
  • Quality affordable education, from child care to higher ed. (Mar 2015)
  • 170,000 high school grads annually have no funds for college. (Dec 2010)
  • 1976: produced educational filmstrips on New England history. (Jun 1997)

    College Costs

  • Free public college; support for historically black schools. (Apr 2019)
  • College for All: $2 federal match for every state $1. (Nov 2016)
  • Free tuition at public colleges for most students. (Jul 2016)
  • Student debt is crushing young graduates. (Feb 2016)
  • Tax Wall Street and make public universities free. (Dec 2015)
  • $70B to make public colleges & universities tuition-free. (Nov 2015)
  • Look at college degree like high school diploma 50 years ago. (Nov 2015)
  • 1950s "high school for all" is now "free college for all". (Oct 2015)
  • Free public university tuition, like we had 50 years ago. (Sep 2015)
  • Other countries recognize benefits of free college. (May 2015)
  • $18B to fund two years free tuition at state colleges. (Apr 2015)
  • College loan repayment is regressive; refinance & forgive. (Apr 2015)
  • Make college affordable for everyone. (Jan 2015)

    Voting Record

  • Fix No-Child-Left-Behind with Every-Student-Succeeds-Act. (Dec 2015)
  • Cutting education cuts off our noses to spite our face. (Dec 2010)
  • Voted YES on additional $10.2B for federal education & HHS projects. (Oct 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)
  • 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)
  • $25B to renovate or repair elementary schools. (Sep 2011)
  • Sponsored extending subsidized federal student loan rates until 2015. (Apr 2013)
  • Make employee educational assistance tax-deductible. (Jan 1993)
  • Don't count combat pay against free school lunch. (Mar 2009)
Mark Sanford on Education
Republican SC Governor; previously Representative (SC-1); GOP Presidential Challenger (withdrawn)
Click here for 7 full quotes by Mark Sanford OR click here for Mark Sanford on other issues.
  • Supports merit pay for teachers. (Nov 2006)
  • Endorses teacher-led prayer & displaying Ten Commandments. (Nov 2002)
  • Voted YES on allowing vouchers in DC schools. (Aug 1998)
  • Voted YES on vouchers for private & parochial schools. (Nov 1997)
  • Denounce the Common Core State Standards. (Feb 2014)
  • A-PLUS lets states escape No Child Left Behind. (Jul 2015)
  • Vouchers break link of low-income and low-quality schools. (Oct 2015)
Howard Schultz on Education
Starbucks CEO; independent candidate for President until July 2019
Click here for 6 full quotes by Howard Schultz OR click here for Howard Schultz on other issues.
  • First in family to attend college; offer same at Starbucks. (Mar 2019)
  • Hold colleges responsible, but help students handle debt. (Feb 2019)
  • 3,000 people graduated college on Starbucks' tuition. (Feb 2019)
  • Supplement Pell Grants to make online college tuition-free. (Jan 2019)
  • Private sector can do more for millennial students. (Jan 2019)
  • Supporting individual's efforts to reform education locally. (May 2011)
Tom Steyer on Education
Democratic Presidential Challenger; CEO
Click here for 9 full quotes by Tom Steyer OR click here for Tom Steyer on other issues.
  • Deal with student debt by subsidizing interest rate. (Feb 2020)
  • Hold charter schools to same standards as public schools. (Feb 2020)
  • Sustained $125B federal investment in HBCUs. (Feb 2020)
  • Redistribute tax dollars so every kid gets a good education. (Jan 2020)
  • I will tackle the student debt crisis head on. (Nov 2019)
  • Supports two years free tuition to community colleges. (Nov 2019)
  • $1.5 trillion in student loan debt is unacceptable. (Jul 2019)
  • Keep schools open despite Republican demonization. (Jul 2019)
  • Opportunity Institute: cradle to career approach. (Feb 2016)
Donald Trump on Education
2016 Republican incumbent President; 2000 Reform Primary Challenger for President
Click here for 31 full quotes by Donald Trump OR click here for 8 older headlines OR click here for Donald Trump on other issues.
  • We will completely defund and bar critical race theory. (Jul 2021)
  • Open schools; most teachers are safe in pandemic. (Oct 2020)
  • I got funding for HBCUs for ten years. (Oct 2020)
  • We're not going to fund schools if they don't open. (Jul 2020)
  • Defend free speech on college campuses. (Feb 2020)
  • Constitutional right to pray in public schools. (Feb 2020)
  • Skeptical of use of affirmative action in college admissions. (Aug 2018)
  • Workforce development, job training, & vocational schools. (Jan 2018)
  • No federal government profit from student loans. (Nov 2015)
  • We spend more per student than any other nation. (Jun 2015)
  • Cut the Department of Education way, way down. (Jun 2015)
  • Opposes Common Core. (Feb 2015)
  • Common Core means Washington tells you what to study. (Feb 2015)
  • Comprehensive education instead of limiting subjects. (Apr 2010)
  • I'm big on education, for people of all ages. (Mar 2004)

    Trump University

  • Declared art deco wall "without artistic merit". (Jul 2020)
  • Trump U: effort to educate the masses in his style. (Aug 2016)
  • FactCheck: More than figurehead at Trump U. (Jun 2016)
  • Founded Trump University to teach the art of deal-making. (Jun 2015)
  • I'm deeply and actively involved in Trump University. (Oct 2006)


  • Biden has sold out America's children to the teachers unions. (Feb 2021)
  • I will expand charter schools & choice for every family. (Aug 2020)
  • Opportunity Scholarships for 1M trapped in failing schools. (Feb 2020)
  • School choice is civil rights issue of our time. (Feb 2017)
  • Call them vouchers or scholarships; I call it competition. (Nov 2016)
  • Disadvantaged students are trapped in failing schools. (Sep 2016)
  • Money follows student to public, private or religious school. (Sep 2016)
  • Let schools compete: charters, vouchers, and magnets. (Nov 2015)
  • Bring on the competition; tear down the union walls. (Jul 2000)
  • School choice will improve public schools. (Jul 2000)
  • Supports vouchers to let parents choose public or private school. (Nov 2016)
Jesse Ventura on Education
Former Independent MN Governor; possible Presidential Challenger
Click here for 22 full quotes by Jesse Ventura OR click here for Jesse Ventura on other issues.
  • Evolution for science teachers & Creation for Sunday school. (Apr 2008)
  • Requiring the Pledge of Allegiance brainwashes students. (Apr 2008)
  • Take over general education costs & eliminate local tax. (Jan 2001)
  • Support school districts that think and act outside the box. (Jan 2001)
  • Focus on results and standards. (Dec 2000)
  • Lifelong learning; college & training for work & life. (Dec 2000)
  • More money for class size reduction. (Jul 2000)
  • Public schools can’t advocate religion; private prayer OK. (Jul 2000)
  • Teach “creation science” in church, not schools. (Jul 2000)
  • Fund schools at state level instead of via property taxes. (Jul 2000)
  • Responsibility for education begins with parents. (Mar 1999)
  • Mainstrean special-ed kids, like his daughter did. (Jan 1999)
  • Reducing class size solves many educational problems. (Jan 1999)
  • Mainstream disabled students. (Jan 1999)
  • Commonsense steps to improve public education. (Jan 1999)
  • No government money for higher education. (Jan 1999)

    School Choice

  • Erase the word voucher from the vocabulary. (Dec 2000)
  • Public dollars belong to public schools. (Jul 2000)
  • Loosen federal control; leave more to state & locals. (Jan 1999)
  • Neighborhoods shouldn’t abandon their public schools. (Jan 1999)
  • Public schools are inefficient; but fix them, don’t end them. (Nov 1998)
  • Choosing private school includes responsility to pay. (Feb 1998)
Arvin Vohra on Education
Libertarian candidate for President; Libertarian Party Vice-Chair
Click here for 3 full quotes by Arvin Vohra OR click here for Arvin Vohra on other issues.
  • Vouchers are just food stamps for education. (Mar 2018)
  • Stop the one-size-fits-none education programs. (Dec 2017)
  • Cut back Common Core and the Department of Education. (Jan 2015)
Joe Walsh on Education
Republican presidential primary challenger (former IL Rep.)
Click here for 4 full quotes by Joe Walsh OR click here for Joe Walsh on other issues.
  • Market-based solutions to education reform and urban poverty. (Sep 2019)
  • Vouchers force competition & provide better education. (Nov 2010)
  • Eliminate teacher tenure & favor teacher accountability. (Nov 2010)
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the DC opportunity scholarship program. (Mar 2011)
Elizabeth Warren on Education
Massachusetts Senator; former head of CFPB; Dem. Presidential Challenger
Click here for 23 full quotes by Elizabeth Warren OR click here for Elizabeth Warren on other issues.
  • We have an obligation to treat our teachers better. (Feb 2020)
  • My secretary of education will be a public school teacher. (Feb 2020)
  • Student loan debt is worse for African-Americans. (Nov 2019)
  • Secretary of Ed should enforce civil rights and value all. (Oct 2019)
  • Supported all-voucher system for public schools in 2003 book. (Sep 2019)
  • Universal tuition-free college plus more for HBCUs. (Jul 2019)
  • Childhood career goal was teacher. (Jul 2019)
  • Create opportunities for everyone, not just those at top. (Jun 2019)
  • Wipe out current student debt; free public college. (May 2019)
  • Roll back student debt; free college going forward. (Apr 2019)
  • Proposed all-voucher education; now opposes charters. (Apr 2019)
  • Invest in black colleges & minority students. (Mar 2019)
  • Support teacher unions on this time of crisis. (Jan 2019)
  • Invest in education, but focus on results. (Jan 2019)
  • Why should government earn $174B profit on student loans? (Apr 2017)
  • Preserve Head Start and school lunch programs. (Jul 2016)
  • Invest in public education & universal preschool. (Apr 2016)
  • Give college students the same deal as corporations get. (Nov 2014)
  • Allow refinancing student loans; it's a crushing $1.2T. (May 2014)
  • Bank on Students Act: reduce student loan interest rates. (Apr 2014)
  • Focus on public schools & public universities. (Sep 2011)
  • Promote student loan discounts without prolonging payments. (Jan 2006)
  • Comprehensive sex ed for sexually-active adolescents. (Feb 2013)
Bill Weld on Education
Libertarian Party nominee for Vice Pres.; former GOP MA Governor; 2020 GOP Presidential Challenger
Click here for 4 full quotes by Bill Weld OR click here for Bill Weld on other issues.
  • Abolish the federal Department of Education. (Sep 2019)
  • Control of education by states and parents, more choice. (Feb 2019)
  • Prefers state input on education, not one national standard. (Jul 2010)
  • Establish the first 25 charter schools in Massachusetts. (Mar 1995)
Kanye West on Education
Click here for 3 full quotes by Kanye West OR click here for Kanye West on other issues.
  • Restore prayer in the classroom. (Oct 2020)
  • Widest possible range of educational & vocational paths. (Oct 2020)
  • Reinstate the fear and love of God in all schools. (Jul 2020)
Marianne Williamson on Education
Author & Democratic Presidential Challenger
Click here for 10 full quotes by Marianne Williamson OR click here for Marianne Williamson on other issues.
  • Getting rid of college debt will stimulate economy. (Jul 2019)
  • Fund schools with federal mandate, not property taxes. (Jul 2019)
  • Educational funding should not come from property taxes. (Jul 2019)
  • Provide teachers autonomy as well as compensation. (Apr 2019)
  • Wipe out college loans burdening the young. (Apr 2019)
  • Favors Universal pre-school & free college. (Apr 2019)
  • Universal pre-school; more teacher retention programs. (Apr 2019)
  • Free college via public service; and student loan amnesty. (Apr 2019)
  • Free college; low cost education for older adults. (Mar 2019)
  • Teach children HOW to think, not WHAT to think. (Jul 2018)
Andrew Yang on Education
Democratic Presidential Challenger & Tech CEO
Click here for 13 full quotes by Andrew Yang OR click here for Andrew Yang on other issues.
  • Extend Universal Pre-K to three-year-olds. (Mar 2021)
  • Giving families money will improve educational outcomes. (Feb 2020)
  • Forgive "significant portion" of student loan debt. (Nov 2019)
  • Would allow compensation for collegiate athletes. (Sep 2019)
  • I am pro-good-school; pay teachers more; use tests less. (Sep 2019)
  • College shouldn't be free. (Jul 2019)
  • Offered high pay for teachers in earlier business. (Jun 2019)
  • Pay teachers enough to attract and retain the best. (Apr 2019)
  • Reimagine college in the age of automation. (Apr 2019)
  • Improving teacher salaries improves student success. (Mar 2019)
  • Require colleges to cut administrative costs. (Mar 2019)
  • Later graduation makes more entrepreneurs. (Feb 2014)
  • College career services should identify growing "new firms". (Feb 2014)


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