Chuck Baldwin, Founder and Minister of the Crossroad Baptist Church in Pensacola, FL, issued the following statement through his Communications Director, Mary Starrett, in an Aug. 11, 2008 email to ProCon.org:
"The Department of Education of course is a monstrosity that was created back in Jimmy Carter's administration as a payoff, literally, to the teacher's union for support. Of course, just recently under President Bush, who collaborated with Ted Kennedy, they put together the No Child Left Behind Act which gave the Department of Education more power and more authority over education than had ever been known before in this country... Again, the Department of Education is one of those departments that when I become president will no longer exist...
If the federal intrusion into education worked as they said it would work, then why are we slipping every year it seems, further and further down on the competence level when you compare our test scores to the other industrialized nations of the world. Now if federal dollars was the answer, if federal involvement was the answer, then this would not be happening. This dumbing down would not be occurring, and the falling behind in education would not be happening. The fact that it is happening is a testament to the reality of the situation, which is that the more the federal government gets involved in education the worse education becomes." Aug. 11, 2008 Chuck Baldwin
Bob Barr, former US House Representative (R-GA), stated in an article titled "Bob Barr on: Education & Home Schooling" on his official candidate website (accessed Aug. 5, 2008):
"The more we increase government control over education, the bigger the problem becomes. Turning education over to the federal government, as through such legislation as the No Child Left Behind Act has not worked. Trying to fix failing schools with more money and regulations also has failed to do anything other than waste taxpayer money without results." Aug. 5, 2008 Bob Barr
John McCain, US Senator (R-AZ), stated in a Washington Post online election resource guide titled "The Presidential Field: John McCain" (accessed Jan. 25, 2008):
"The principles underneath No Child Left Behind -- standards, accountability, transparency, and choice-- are a major step in the right direction; taking away power from education bureaucrats and returning it to those on the front lines of education -- the local schools, the local teachers and the local parents. It has provided support and guidance to our state and local communities to strengthen our schools, while also giving much needed flexibility for every state in the use of federal education dollars. It also contains many initiatives that have helped ensure that more federal education dollars reach our classrooms rather than being lost in bureaucratic black hole." Jan. 25, 2008 John McCain
Cynthia McKinney, former US House Representative (D-GA), issued the following statement through her Press Secretary, John Judge, in a Nov. 1 2008 email to ProCon.org:
"No -- cumulative budgets from the Bush administration have fallen billions of dollars short of the necessary funding, creating an unfunded mandate as state and local governments struggle to fulfill the requirements of the Act." Nov. 1, 2008 Cynthia McKinney
Ralph Nader, attorney, author, and political activist, stated in a July 16, 2004 speech at a Nader-Camejo 2004 campaign rally in San Francisco, CA:
"And they say we are going to leave no child behind and these corporate consulting firms in Washington, they want to sell more of these hyper-muliple-choice standardized tests in order to avoid a broader, more personal appraisal of the multiple intelligence of young children. And so they get [George W.] Bush to say 'leave no child behind.' And he doesn't fund it, number one, and he is forcing these tests on these children and forcing the teachers to teach to the test and envelope these schools in rigid, bureaucratic, unfunded anxiety on stupid tests that should be thrown into San Francisco Bay." July 16, 2004 Ralph Nader
Barack Obama, US Senator (D-IL), stated in an article titled "Issues: Education" on his official campaign website (accessed Jan. 28, 2008):
"No Child Left Behind Left the Money Behind: The goal of the law was the right one, but unfulfilled funding promises, inadequate implementation by the Education Department and shortcomings in the design of the law itself have limited its effectiveness and undercut its support. As a result, the law has failed to provide high-quality teachers in every classroom and failed to adequately support and pay those teachers." Jan. 28, 2008 Barack Obama
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Hillary Clinton, US Senator (D-NY), stated in a video titled "Clinton on No Child Left Behind" on the Glassbooth.org website (accessed Jan. 28, 2008):
"For those who are in education, you already know that the No Child Left Behind Act, which was intended to provide more resources for schools and create more support for the teaching and learning enterprise has unfortunately not been either funded or implemented, in my view, effectively or appropriately." Jan. 28, 2008 Hillary Clinton
Rudy Giuliani, former Mayor of New York City, stated at the Oct. 21, 2007 Republican Presidential Debate in Orlando, FL, hosted by FOX News:
"It seems to me the thing that's wrong right at the core of No Child Left Behind is the enforcer of standards should not be the bureaucrat in Washington or on the board of education. It should be the parent. We should have choice. We should empower parents. They should decide -- private school, parochial school, public school, charter school, home school.
That will give the parents the kind of control over their children's education. They understand their children better. Why should a government bureaucrat be sending 168,000 children to failing schools when parents think they can do better for their children? I think it's the single biggest civil rights issue that we face in the 21st century." Oct. 21, 2007 Rudy Giuliani
Mike Gravel, former US Senator (D-AK), stated in an Oct. 16, 2007 article titled "Election '08: Talk with the Candidates" on washingtonpost.com:
"No Child Left Behind is a failure. Our whole system of education is in trouble. All of the stakeholders are all at fault -- a third of our children don't graduate from high school. That is appalling." Oct. 16, 2007 Mike Gravel
Mike Huckabee, former Governor of Arkansas, in an article titled "Issues: Education and the Arts" on his official campaign website (accessed Jan. 24, 2008), stated:
"As President, my education agenda will include working towards a clear distinction between the federal role in assisting and empowering states and in usurping the right of states to carry out the education programs for their students. While there is value in the 'No Child Left Behind' law's effort to set high national standards, states must be allowed to develop their own benchmarks." Jan. 24, 2008 Mike Huckabee
ProCon.org emailed the Imperato campaign on Jan. 21, 2008 with this question. Mr. Imperato provided a response to this question and 26 others during a recorded 45-minute telephone interview with ProCon.org on Mar. 11, 2008. On Mar. 21, 2008 Mr. Imperato no longer met our eligibility criteria for inclusion on this site, and we stopped transcribing his verbal responses as of that date.
Alan Keyes, former Assistant US Secretary of State, stated during an Oct. 22, 2004 interview on the Mancow Show:
"I don't believe in federal control of education, and I believe that No Child Left Behind leads to a consolidation of control in the hands of the federal bureaucracy, which is something I've fought against in education. I think it's a parental, family, community, local responsibility, and we shouldn't be allowing federal bureaucracy to take it over." Oct. 22, 2004 Alan Keyes
Steve Kubby, a Libertarian candidate and founder of the American Medical Marijuana Association, stated in a Jan. 31, 2008 email to ProCon.org:
"No. Government involvement in education -- and particularly federal government involvement in education -- doesn't work. The federal government provides a small percentage of overall education funding in America, but NCLB [No Child Left Behind] imposes uniform standards and central planning on thousands of schools and millions of students in very diverse places and situations. No two communities are the same. No two STUDENTS are the same. How can we expect a bureaucrat in Washington, DC to know what all those communities and all those students need from their schools?" Jan. 31, 2008 Steve Kubby
Frank McEnulty, an Independent candidate and President of Our Castle Homes, in a Jan. 24, 2008 email to ProCon.org, stated:
"I don't believe so. A one size fits all approach to education will never work in a country as diverse as ours. All it has accomplished is the establishment of another bureaucracy and a system that now does its best to teach to the test so that they look good. Whether or not the children truly learn anything is irrelevant, as long as they do well on the 'test'." Jan. 24, 2008 Frank McEnulty
Ron Paul, US Representative (R-TX), stated in a May 23, 2001 article titled "Statement on No Child Left Behind" on his official campaign website:
"Congress is now considering whether to continue this cycle by passing the national five-year plan contained in H.R. 1, the so-called 'No Child Left Behind Act.' A better title for this bill is 'No Bureaucrat Left Behind' because, even though it's proponents claim H.R. 1 restores power over education to states and local communities, this bill represents a massive increase in federal control over education. H.R. 1 contains the word 'ensure' 150 times, 'require' 477 times, 'shall' 1,537 and 'shall not' 123 times. These words are usually used to signify federal orders to states and localities. Only in a town where a decrease in the rate of spending increases is considered a cut could a bill laden with federal mandates be considered an increase in local control!
If, after the experience of the past thirty years, you believe that federal bureaucrats are better able to meet children's unique educational needs than parents and communities then vote for H.R. 1. However, if you believe that the failures of the past shows expanding federal control over the classroom is a recipe for leaving every child behind then do not settle for some limited state flexibility in the context of a massive expansion of federal power: Reject H.R. 1 and instead help put education resources back into the hands of parents by supporting my Family Education Freedom Act and Education Improvement Tax Cut Act."
May 23, 2001 Ron Paul
Mitt Romney, former Governor of Massachusetts, issued the following statement in an article titled "Issues: Raising the Bar on Education" on his official campaign website (accessed Jan. 25, 2008):
"Governor Romney Will Improve Upon And Enhance No Child Left Behind (NCLB). He believes that No Child Left Behind has played an important role in stressing the role of accountability and high standards in improving our schools. Governor Romney will improve NCLB by giving states that meet or exceed testing requirements additional flexibility in measuring student performance. He will also improve the law by focusing more attention on individual student progress, rather than the overall progress of schools." Jan. 25, 2008 Mitt Romney