Education Funding

GOP Candidates: On the Record

September 13, 2011 1 min read
  • Save to favorites
  • Print

School choice, Race to the Top, and the government’s responsibility to educate the children of illegal immigrants were among the education topics touched on in the Sept. 7 debate featuring eight announced Republican presidential hopefuls.

The event, held at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, in Simi Valley, Calif., and sponsored by MSNBC and Politico, included U.S. Rep. Michele Bachman, of Minnesota; Herman Cain, former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza; former House Speaker Newt Gingrich; former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman; U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, of Texas; Texas Gov. Rick Perry; former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney; and former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, of Pennsylvania.

SOURCE: MSNBC, Photos by Jae C. Hong/AP

Newt GingrichFormer House Speaker

I liked very much the fact that [Race to the Top] talked about charter schools. It’s the one place I found to agree with President Obama. If every parent in America had a choice of the school their child went to, if that school had to report its scores, if there was a real opportunity, you’d have a dramatic improvement.

Rick PerryTexas Governor

I think the [school funding] reductions we made were thoughtful reductions, and the fact of the matter is, Texas has made great progress in the 10 years that I’ve been governor. … I stand by a record from what we’ve done with the resources that we’ve had.

Ron PaulU.S. Representative, Texas

Nobody has mentioned the fact that [illegal immigrants] qualify for benefits … you know, the welfare benefits. We shouldn’t have to give—the state of Texas shouldn’t be forced to provide free health care and free education.

A version of this article appeared in the September 14, 2011 edition of Education Week as GOP Candidates: On the Record

Events

Classroom Technology Webinar Building Better Blended Learning in K-12 Schools
The pandemic and the increasing use of technology in K-12 education it prompted has added renewed energy to the blended learning movement as most students are now learning in school buildings (and will likely continue

EdWeek Top School Jobs

Teacher Jobs
Search over ten thousand teaching jobs nationwide — elementary, middle, high school and more.
View Jobs
Principal Jobs
Find hundreds of jobs for principals, assistant principals, and other school leadership roles.
View Jobs
Administrator Jobs
Over a thousand district-level jobs: superintendents, directors, more.
View Jobs
Support Staff Jobs
Search thousands of jobs, from paraprofessionals to counselors and more.
View Jobs

Read Next

Education Funding The Political Spotlight on Schools' COVID Relief Money Isn't Going Away
Politicians and researchers are among those scrutinizing the use and oversight of billions in pandemic education aid.
7 min read
Business man with brief case looking under a giant size bill (money).
iStock/Getty Images Plus
Education Funding Here's How Schools Can Use Federal COVID Aid to Solve Bus Driver and Other Transportation Woes
The Education Department outlines districts' options for using relief money to solve nationwide problems in getting kids to and from school.
2 min read
Students catch their bus near Ambridge Area Senior High School on the first day of Pennsylvania's mask mandate for K-12 schools and day care centers on Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021, in Ambridge, Pa.
Students catch their bus near Ambridge Area Senior High School in Ambridge, Pa., earlier this year on the first day of Pennsylvania's mask mandate for K-12 schools.
Andrew Rush/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP
Education Funding High Schoolers to Decide How to Spend $1.5 Million in COVID Funding
State officials called Connecticut's new Voice4Change campaign “a first-in-the-nation statewide student civic engagement initiative.”
1 min read
Image is an illustration of a school receiving financial aid.
Collage by Laura Baker/Education Week (Images: E+, Nuthawut Somsuk/iStock/Getty)
Education Funding North Carolina Must Spend $1.75B to Narrow Education Gap, Judge Orders
The judge's order has angered GOP lawmakers and will likely set up a constitutional showdown between the three state government branches.
4 min read
Image of money.
TARIK KIZILKAYA/iStock/Getty