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Candidate Positions on No Child Left Behind

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: Do you favor or oppose the education program known as "No Child Left Behind?"
David DillonDavid Dillon ANSWER OPTION: Oppose, the cost for the Federal education bureaucracy is more than $1.6 billion per year. No students are taught with this money, nor classrooms built.
CANDIDATE'S POSITION: The cost for the Federal education bureaucracy is more than $1.6 billion per year. (Not the Department of Education's total budget which I propose to increase, just the cost of running the bureaucracy that is the Federal Department of Education.) No students are taught with this money, nor classrooms built. Rather, it is a shining example of the way the Federal government can throw thousands of Washington area residents into the initiation, maintenance and monitoring of programs like No Child Left Behind. (More Info)

Ashwin MadiaAshwin Madia ANSWER OPTION: We all know that the Bush administration has failed in its responsibilities to our public schools, whether through the chronic under-funding of No Child Left Behind or its negligent attitude when it comes to children with special education needs.
CANDIDATE'S POSITION: We all know that the Bush administration has failed in its responsibilities to our public schools, whether through the chronic under-funding of No Child Left Behind or its negligent attitude when it comes to children with special education needs. I also support retiring Congressman Jim Ramstad's proposal to provide new education building improvements through federal tax credits that would repair and modernize old and unsafe schools. (More Info)

Erik PaulsenErik Paulsen ANSWER OPTION: I support, but propose significant changes to the No Child Left Behind Act and provide states and local schools with the flexibility they need to improve student and teacher performance.
CANDIDATE'S POSITION: We need accountability in education that includes measuring results. I will work to make significant changes to the No Child Left Behind Act and provide states and local schools with the flexibility they need to improve student and teacher performance. (More Info)