Scott Brown on Education

Republican Jr Senator


Transparency on teacher effectiveness and school funding

Q. Which aspects of school curriculums should be set more by local school boards than at a national level ?

A. Senator Brown believes our public schools are facing unprecedented challenges, with shortages of funding and a lack of flexibility in federal education policy. Senator Brown believes we must improve transparency on teacher effectiveness and in funding for schools.

Source: AmericansElect email questionnaire with Scott Brown's staff , Nov 22, 2011

Curriculum set by local school boards more than nationally

On the AmericansElect.org education question, Sen. Brown chose 'B' from the list below:Staff comment: Senator Brown is committed to reforming "No Child Left Behind" and improving accountability of teachers and schools while providing tools and resources to pursue innovative curriculum.
Source: AmericansElect email questionnaire with Scott Brown's staff , Nov 22, 2011

Opposed federal school breakfast supplement

Massachusetts Democratic Party Platform indicates voting YES in Part I: Families & Children:No Child Left Behind. [State Senator Brown, a Republican, voted NO].

Override Gov. Romney's veto of a Budget Line Item which eliminated a state supplement to the federally-funded school breakfast program whereby all eligible children shall be provided free, nutritious breakfasts at no cost to them.

Relevant platform section: PART I: FAMILIES & CHILDREN, DIVERSITY & COMMUNITY: No Child Left Behind: "We believe that young people are our most precious resource, and we see inherent worth and promise in every child. Ours is truly the Party that seeks to "Leave No Child Behind."We endorse, therefore, the goals established under The Children's Defense Fund initiative of that name, to ensure every child a healthy start [which includes CDF's support of school breakfast programs]."

Source citation: Veto Override ; vote number 252

Source: Massachusetts House voting record via MassScorecard.org , Jul 10, 2003

Voted NO on 3-year moratorium on charter schools

Massachusetts Democratic Party Platform indicates voting YES in Part II: Education:Full Funding. [State Senator Brown, a Republican, voted NO].

Would require 3 yr moratorium and empower commission to study feasibility of charter schools.

Relevant section of platform: PART II: EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND OPPORTUNITY: Full Funding: "We call upon the state to change funding of Commonwealth Charter schools to ensure that funds are not drained from established public schools."

Source citation: Bill H.4000 ; vote number 88

Source: Massachusetts House voting record via MassScorecard.org , May 6, 2003

Vouchers for public, private, or religious schools

Source: 2002 MA Gubernatorial National Political Awareness Test , Nov 1, 2002

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