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Al Gore Joe Lieberman (Dem.) John Hagelin (Natural Law) Steve Forbes Donald Trump
Pat Buchanan Ezola Foster (Reform) Howard Phillips (Constitution)   Gary Bauer Orrin Hatch
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Al Gore on Education
Click here for 32 full quotes OR click here for 20 older headlines OR click here for 18 headlines on School Choice OR click here for Al Gore on other issues.
  • Bush voucher plan would result in a huge new federal program. (Oct 26)
  • Claimed $10,000 tuition tax cut worth $800 over current plan. (Oct 17)
  • Recruit teachers, improve classrooms, help failing schools. (Oct 17)
  • Make $10,000 of college tuition tax deductible annually. (Oct 6)
  • $176B over 10 years for pre-school, special ed, & more. (Oct 3)
  • Agrees with teacher unions on vouchers, salary, & class size. (Sep 30)
  • $170B on education over next 10 years. (Sep 13)
  • Voluntary school prayer is ok, if teachers aren’t involved. (Sep 12)
  • Large federal role in education, including tax deductions. (Sep 11)
  • Agrees with unions against vouchers; disagrees on testing. (Jun 3)
  • Encourage after-school with tax credits & funds for schools. (May 25)
  • Seeks transformation of educational system in 4 years. (Apr 28)
  • Stress early learning, small classes, & classroom technology. (Apr 28)
  • 5-point plan: High school exit exams; focus on character. (Apr 28)
  • Highlights of 10-year $115B education program. (Apr 2)
  • “Revolutionary plan”: 50% more for public schools. (Jan 13)
  • $5B/year for universal preschool for 3- & 4-year-olds. (Dec 1999)
  • Hire 2M teachers over next 10 years. (Dec 1999)
  • Connect every school to the Internet. (May 1999)


  • Investment in public education; with testing & local control. (Oct 3)
  • Stress accountability; close the “achievement gap”. (Apr 28)
  • Supports Goals 2000 & standards-based movement. (Feb 23)
  • $10K “Teacher Corps” bonus; hire & test teachers. (May 1999)
  • Test teachers; remove failing tenured teachers. (May 1999)
  • End social promotion; turn around failing schools. (May 1999)


  • $36B for tuition after saving Medicare & Social Security. (Sep 8)
  • More resources for education: tax breaks for college. (Sep 6)
  • Make saving and borrowing for college easier. (Sep 6)
  • Make college tuition tax-deductible. (Aug 18)
  • Reduce class sizes; make college savings plans. (Jun 1999)
  • National Tuition Savings program to send kids to college. (May 1999)
  • More student loans & grants; make 2 years of college free. (May 1999)
David McReynolds on Education
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  • More funding for public schools. (May 2)
  • More tax incentives & more affirmative action for college. (May 2)
  • No religious groups on public school property. (May 2)
Dick Cheney on Education
Click here for 10 full quotes OR click here for 2 headlines on School Choice OR click here for Dick Cheney on other issues.
  • Bush focuses on accountability; Gore on status quo. (Oct 30)
  • Demand accountability so no child is left behind. (Oct 5)
  • Teach reading, writing, and values. (Aug 29)
  • Tests will be taken, results will be measured. (Aug 2)
  • Voted against Head Start; but with surplus, supports it. (Jul 26)
  • Voted against Head Start, and against Dept. of Education. (Jul 24)
  • Supports school prayer. (Jul 1999)
  • Supports certifying military retirees as teachers. (Sep 1992)
  • Supports school-based management; & tax-deductible loans. (Jan 1988)
  • Supported grants for low-income “bootstrap schools”. (Jan 1988)
Ezola Foster on Education
Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for 2 headlines on School Choice OR click here for Ezola Foster on other issues.
  • Abolish Department of Education. (Aug 29)
  • Illegal immigration causes school overcrowding. (Aug 24)
  • Schools are failing; need more money & less government. (Aug 11)
  • Multiculturalism in schools increases racial tension. (Jun 1999)
  • Keep American schools for American children. (May 1996)
George W. Bush on Education
Click here for 39 full quotes OR click here for 28 older headlines OR click here for 36 headlines from Bush's book A Charge to Keep OR click here for George W. Bush on other issues.
  • Soft bigotry of low expectations encourages failure. (Oct 17)
  • Blueprint: parental options; promote savings; zero-tolerance. (Sep 17)
  • Move Head Start to Education Dept., teach all kids to read. (Sep 1)
  • Poor kids can’t read; now is the time to teach them. (Aug 21)
  • End the soft bigotry of low expectations in our schools. (Aug 3)
  • “Silver Scholarships” for kids from seniors who volunteer. (May 20)
  • Character education grants & American Youth Character Awards. (Apr 20)
  • ‘Reading First’ confronts a national emergency. (Mar 28)
  • Freedom & flexibility in return for high standards & results. (Feb 23)
  • Zero toleration policy for discipline problems in schools. (Dec 1999)
  • If poor kids don’t learn, give school funds to parents. (Dec 1999)
  • Leave no child behind: reform Title I & Head Start. (Oct 1999)
  • Evolution & creationism both valid; let states decide. (Aug 1999)
  • Teachers’ unions obstacle to school innovation. (Apr 1999)
  • Teach values and moral responsibility in schools. (Apr 1998)


  • TX test score improvements not reflected on national tests. (Oct 25)
  • Federal role is funding & accountability; local innovation. (Oct 3)
  • Focus on responsibility and parents, not on federal spending. (Oct 3)
  • Improve education with local control, accountability. (Sep 25)
  • Hold schools accountable and teach character. (Sep 11)
  • If you get federal money, you must return measurements. (May 23)
  • Test every grade every year & publish results. (Apr 2)
  • Link block grants & vouchers to student testing. (Feb 29)
  • State should enforce standards, not micromanage schools. (Dec 1999)
  • Develop tests locally - no national tests. (Dec 1999)
  • Help failing students pass - without social promotion. (Mar 1999)


  • $25B over 10 years for reading, Pell Grants, & charters. (Oct 3)
  • $1.5B for state merit scholarships to college. (Aug 30)
  • $275M for pre-paid college tuition tax credits. (Aug 30)
  • $1800 more for Pell Grants; make college affordable. (Aug 30)
  • $1.3B to help students in college-prep math & science. (Jun 20)

    Education Spending

  • Feds give 6% of money; but 60% for “paperwork-filler-outer”. (Oct 17)
  • $310M for “impact aid” schools near military bases. (Aug 21)
  • $900M to improve Indian schools. (Aug 20)
  • $400M more for after-school programs, via block grants. (Jul 14)
  • $5B reading program; mixing phonics & literature. (Apr 2)
  • $2B for teachers; mandates are optional. (Apr 2)
  • $400 deductible when teachers spend own money on classrooms. (Apr 2)
  • Expand Education Savings Accounts to $5000 per year. (Oct 1999)
Harry Browne on Education
Click here for 9 full quotes OR click here for 10 headlines on School Choice OR click here for Harry Browne on other issues.
  • National standards imply states can’t do it themselves. (Aug 9)
  • Separation of school & state: No Ten Commandments. (Jan 27)
  • Separate school and state. (Jan 13)
  • Government educates our children badly. (Aug 1999)
  • Let people who care run our schools instead of government. (Aug 1999)
  • No School Prayer Amendment. (May 1996)
  • Remove the federal government from education entirely. (May 1996)
  • Teaching non-academic topics is cause of declining SATs. (Jul 1995)
  • Importance of education no reason for govt control. (Jul 1995)
Howard Phillips on Education
Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for 3 headlines about School Prayer OR click here for Howard Phillips on other issues.
  • End federal funding of education. (Jan 13)
  • Close down Dept of Education, Feds should play no role. (Sep 1996)
  • Separate education from state, or it’s establishing religion. (Aug 1993)
  • Education debate today is about sex & crime. (Aug 1993)
  • Schools sponsor the official state religion of humanism. (Aug 1993)
John Hagelin on Education
Click here for 6 full quotes OR click here for 2 headlines on School Choice OR click here for John Hagelin on other issues.
  • Include physical & mental well-being to improve education. (Apr 1)
  • Focus education on developing consciousness of students. (Jan 13)
  • Education needs mental and physical basics. (Nov 1999)
  • Model schools can test and showcase innovations. (Nov 1999)
  • Purpose of education is to develop innate mental potential. (Sep 1999)
  • Education is key to solving all of our problems. (Sep 1992)
Joseph Lieberman on Education
Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for 5 headlines on School Choice OR click here for Joseph Lieberman on other issues.
  • We must commit money to improve education. (Oct 5)
  • Non-sectarian moment of silence OK in public schools. (Sep 3)
  • Voted against school prayer; for condom distribution. (Mar 2)
  • More funding & more local responsibility for public schools. (Nov 1999)
  • More flexibility for more accountable results. (Nov 1999)
Pat Buchanan on Education
Click here for 8 full quotes OR click here for 3 headlines on School Choice OR click here for Pat Buchanan on other issues.
  • Bring God and prayer back to public schools. (Sep 18)
  • Schools went wrong when judges & feds got involved. (Nov 1999)
  • Block grants to states with all federal education funds. (Nov 1999)
  • Federal role in science & scholarships; not grade schools. (Nov 1999)
  • Ed Dept should test the marketplace instead of testing kids. (Oct 1999)
  • Replace Dept. of Education with states & parents. (Jul 1999)
  • For school prayer; against multiculturalism. (Jun 1999)
  • End bilingualism; end “hyphenated-Americans”. (May 1999)
Ralph Nader on Education
Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for Ralph Nader on other issues.
  • Abandon standardized testing; focus on teaching civic skills. (Oct 8)
  • Invest in K-12 education; that will reduce poverty. (Jun 26)
  • Teach democratic principles & citizenship in schools. (Feb 21)
  • Kick Channel One & commercialism out of class. (May 1999)
  • Focus on civic & consumer education. (Oct 1996)
Winona LaDuke on Education
Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Winona LaDuke on other issues.
  • English-only legislation endangers indigenous languages. (Jun 25)
  • Supports increased funding for tribal colleges. (Jun 1)


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