| R E P U B L I C A N || REFORM |
| “The money we spend on education should follow the choice of the parents, not the choice of educrats, bureau-crats, politicians, who, unfortunately, have been manipulating the process in their own career interests, not in the . . . interests of our young people.” |
— From remarks during a Dec. 6, 1999, Republican presidential forum in Phoenix, Ariz.
| “For too long, Washington has been creating new educational programs which ... make great campaign slogans, or serve the specific needs of select interest groups, but completely ignore the fundamental academic needs of our children. The time has come for us to free our schools from the shackles of the federal government.” |
— From his March 18, 1999, floor statement upon introduction of the Educating America’s Children for Tomorrow Act.
| “Defense and foreign policy are the province of the federal government, but welfare and education are the business of state and local governments. And in children’s education, parents come first, teachers second, and federal judges not at all.” |
— From his Oct. 25, 1999, speech announcing plans to seek the Reform Party’s presidential nomination.
|Age: 49 Education: B.A. and Ph.D. in government affairs, Harvard University, 1972 and 1979. Career: Ambassador to the United Nations Economic and Social Council, 1983-85; assistant U.S. secretary of state, 1985-87; president, Citizens Against Government Waste, 1989-91; interim president, Alabama A&M University, 1991; presidential candidate,1996; radio commentator, 1994-present. Education Advisers: None.||Age: 63 Education: B.S., U.S. Naval Academy, 1958; attended National War College, 1973-74. Career: Served in the U.S. Navy, 1958-81, retiring as a captain; member, U.S. House of Representatives, 1983-87; U.S. senator from Arizona, 1987-present; chairman of the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, 1997-present. Education Adviser: Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Lisa Graham Keegan.||Age: 61 Education: B.A., Georgetown University, 1961; M.A. in journalism, Columbia University, 1962. Career: Editorial writer, St. Louis Globe-Democrat newspaper, 1962-65; presidential aide in the Nixon, Ford, and Reagan administrations, including White House director of communications, 1985-87; candidate for president in 1992 and 1996; television commentator and syndicated columnist. Education Advisers: Not available.|
| EDUCATION RECORD |
|Served as an interim president of Alabama A&M University.||As chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, sponsored legislation requiring schools and libraries receiving E-rate funds to filter out pornographic and obscene materials. Sponsored budget bill amendment that would have created an experimental school voucher program. Co-sponsored education - savings - account legislation. Supported bill to block-grant federal education funds to local school districts. Co-sponsored legislation to reauthorize and expand the Ed-Flex program. Opposed using federal funds to develop voluntary national tests. Opposed 1994 ESEA reauthorization.||Has championed conservative social and cultural issues.|
| EDUCATION PLATFORM |
|Would abolish the U.S. Department of Education and phase out federal spending on education. He argues that money should remain in states and localities without being filtered through the federal government; he proposes eliminating the income tax and replacing it with a national retail-sales tax. Supports school vouchers, voluntary prayer in public schools, and abstinence-based approaches to sex education.||Proposes spending $5.4 billion on a three-year national voucher program, with the funds derived from ending corporate tax breaks and subsidies. Working on details of a plan to provide roughly $1 billion annually in tax breaks for teachers rated “excellent” by states. Supports voluntary prayer in public schools.||Would convert all federal K-12 education aid into school vouchers. Supports voluntary prayer in public schools.|
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