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Candidate Positions on No Child Left Behind

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?"
Keith EllisonKeith Ellison ANSWER OPTION: I support full funding of the mandates required by the No Child Left Behind Act. I do not believe that we achieve high standard for our schools by threatening our students, teachers, and schools with funding cuts.
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Barb WhiteBarb White ANSWER OPTION: No, policymakers have sought to improve American schools by increasing government control. But decades of increased spending and increased federal control have yielded little improvement in student performance.
CANDIDATE'S POSITION: Every year, millions of children pass through America's schools without receiving a quality education that prepares them to succeed in life, to compete in the increasingly competitive global economy, and to maintain the blessings and responsibilities of a free society. Among African American and Hispanic students, for example, only 56 and 52 percent of students graduate from high school. This widespread failure imposes unquantifiable costs on individual lives and our communities. As a country, it imperils our national security. For years, policymakers have sought to improve American schools by increasing government control. But decades of increased spending and increased federal control have yielded little improvement in student performance. (More Info)