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Candidate Positions on Education

The following positions reflect those used for each candidate in the Select A Candidate survey. They come from the candidates; public statements, Web sites, and responses to Minnesota Public Radio questionnaires. In some cases, candidiates have failed to respond to inquiries, and their position is noted as "No known opinion."

Question: Do you favor or oppose the education program known as "No Child Left Behind?"
Dean BarkleyDean Barkley ANSWER OPTION: Oppose
CANDIDATE'S POSITION: "No Child Left Behind" is an unfunded mandate forced upon the states because the federal government simply cannot afford to pay for such a massive expansion of its authority.

Norm ColemanNorm Coleman ANSWER OPTION: Favor
CANDIDATE'S POSITION: Coleman's favoring of NCLB doesn't mean he doesn't think it shouldn't be improved. Coleman and Sen. Joe Lieberman, filed the All Students Can Improve Act of 2007. According to a press release the initiative is made up of three parts: "First, ASCA aims to achieve student growth by focusing on what's most important: achieving results in the classroom and ensuring effective teachers. Second, the bill seeks to encourage high standards throughout the country and better align the curriculum of schools across America. And, third, the proposal focuses on closing the achievement gap by holding schools accountable for the performance of all students and providing resources to address this gap," it said. (More Info)

Al FrankenAl Franken ANSWER OPTION: Oppose
CANDIDATE'S POSITION: According to Twin Cities Daily Planet, Franken told a DFL Senate debate "We need early childhood education to close gaps. A kid who's read to who has greater vocabulary than a kid who hasn't been read to. Return on early childhood ed has been proven; we should do that. Have to focus more funds and efforts on the beginning of life and stop investing in prisons and start investing in schools." (More Info)