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There’s an historian/hero of mine who wrote a book, “You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train”. In part I wear my politics because of this. The side effect has been to force me to respect the views of others without compromise. With-that-said here is where I landed:

Agreed: 4 (3, 7, 12, & 13)
Disagreed: 7 (4, 6, 9, 10, 11, 16, & 18)

Agreed: 4 (1, 5, 14, & 15)
Disagreed: 3 (2, 8, & 17)

Here's what I believe:

I believe that the federal government should be required to fully fund all federally mandated education programs.

I believe every child should be ensured universals access to pre-kindergarten and kindergarten.

I believe that appropriate vocation education, from apprenticeship programs to college preparatory academics, should be available to all students in all communities.

I believe that the primary purpose of public schools is knowledge-based education and not job/career training.

I believe in school choice initiatives (i.e. vouchers) that give parents more control over their children's education.

I believe that home schooling is an effective alternative to traditional education.

I believe in guarantying of two years of public college of post-secondary technical education tuition-free for all who complete high school and additional scholarship aid for military veterans.

Working in the charter school movement I have a hard time finding candidates to support. It’s Republicans who support school choice and it’s school choice that I support. I don’t agree with this party on much (maybe anything) else, but if any real change is going to come in education it’s going to come from competition. The last generation of teachers, administrators, and educators had their chance to shape the institution we call school into something meaningful and to be blunt they failed. With the risk of this becoming a rant (and honestly, because I don’t want to back that last statement up) I’ll stop here.

Thanks your post it allowed me to re-evaluate some issues and beliefs that I hold dear.

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