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Ed O`Reilly on Education

Democratic Senate Challenger

Committed to quality public education

Every American child and family deserves a high-quality early education. I enthusiastically support full funding for Head Start. I wholeheartedly support high academic and vocational education standards for the public schools and for teacher development, but I believe “No Child Left Behind” endangers fundamental aspects of a proper education for a free and democratic society. We must ensure that each child receives excellent public education from pre-school to college or technical training.
Source: Campaign website,, ‘Issues’ Nov 28, 2007

No vouchers; and charters pick off the cream off the top

Q: Do you support the VoteMatch statement, “Parents choose schools via vouchers”?

A: No.

Q: What about charter schools?

A: I like the concept, but am concerned about the impact on public education in the sense of charter schools only picking the “cream off the top” in some cases and being able to discharge the students they don’t want.

Source: Email interview on 2008 Senate race with May 20, 2007

No prayer nor

Q: Do you support the VoteMatch statement, “Permit prayer in public schools”?

A: No.

Q: What about posting the Ten Commandments?

A: No.

Source: Email interview on 2008 Senate race with May 20, 2007

No unfunded mandates and edicts from Washington

As a former Chairman of the Gloucester School Committee and a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, I am committed to quality Public Education.

I am concerned about the process by which our tax dollars go through Washington to fund education on the local level. The farther we move educational planning and policy away from classroom teachers, the less the positive impact upon students. We don’t need unfunded mandates and edicts from Washington to our local schools

Source: Campaign website,, “Issues” May 19, 2007

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