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Candidate Positions on Education

Read the full responses from candidates below. “Answer option” is the choice given in the quiz, and “Candidate’s position” shows the candidate’s response to MPR News.

Question: Please select the comment that most closely matches your view on education (K-12).
Bob BarrBob Barr ANSWER OPTION: Enable school vouchers and protect home-schooling.
CANDIDATE'S POSITION: Barr wrote on his web site "I can attest to the fact that high school seniors who had been home schooled for all or part of their academic careers competed favorably in all aspects of academics with students who attended public or private schools." (More Info)

John McCainJohn McCain ANSWER OPTION: State and local agencies, not the federal government, should be responsible for developing and enforcing academic standards. I support teacher testing and merit pay for the best teachers. I support charter schools and federally-financed school vouchers for students in failing schools. No Child Left Behind is a 'good beginning' but needs to be fixed.
CANDIDATE'S POSITION: According to the Boston Herald, McCain believes state and local agencies, not the federal government, should be responsible for developing and enforcing academic standards. Supports teacher testing and merit pay for the best teachers. Supports charter schools and federally-financed school vouchers for students in failing schools; believes "choice and competition" are the future of education. Believes No Child Left Behind is a "good beginning" but needs to be fixed. (More Info)

Ralph NaderRalph Nader ANSWER OPTION: The government should provide full funding for Head Start and guarantee pre-school education for children. I oppose the over-reliance on standardized tests caused by No Child Left Behind.
CANDIDATE'S POSITION: Nader said "The federal government has a critical supporting role to play in ensuring that all children -- irrespective of the income of their parents, or their race -- are provided with rich learning environments and equal educational opportunities and upgraded repaired school buildings."[Source:On the Issues] (More Info)

Barack ObamaBarack Obama ANSWER OPTION: Increase Head Start funding, reward successful teachers, pay teachers more, modify certification and teacher preparation process to avoid unnecessary and expensive coursework to become a teacher. Fund and reform No Child Left Behind. Increase federal aid for college.
CANDIDATE'S POSITION: Obama highlights his education plan on his Web site, including expanding early childhood education, paying teachers more, fund and reform No Child Left Behind, and provide more federal aid for college tuition. (More Info)