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Will you work to ban spanking in schools nationwide?

There is scientific proof that spanking does more harm than good, yet nineteen states still allow teachers to spank or paddle children despite this.
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Submitted by: LegallyBlindGamer from IL
April 22, 2016, 1:20 a.m.
Issue area: Education

How can things get done 4 the middle-class when facts no longer seem to matter?

From Tea Partiers to moderate Republicans all the way to Hillary Blue-Dog Democrats, you can give all the facts you wish, but opinions seem immune to facts now. How can that possibly be fixed?

Submitted by: Tim Carthon from OH
April 21, 2016, 12:11 p.m.
Issue area: Education
Submitted by: Kadlum from WA
April 21, 2016, 9:31 p.m.
Issue area: Education

Would you back requirements or incentives for states to integrate schools?

Integrating schools along socioeconomic and racial lines, based on programs like those in Cambridge, Eden Prairie, and New York, would improve outcomes for all students.
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Submitted by: Solomon S. from MA
April 23, 2016, 10:35 a.m.
Issue area: Education

What will you do to avert the corporate take over of Higher Education?

At colleges and universities across the country, Administration and its costs have been ballooning, while vital programs and faculty are being cut, and adjuncts are being underpaid and overworked.
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Submitted by: E. Watson from NY
April 21, 2016, 9:56 a.m.
Issue area: Education

What measures would you take to improve education in this country?

Education and literacy are the core of an evolving society. However it is flawed with high costs, huge bridge to the work force and we currently are 10th in the world graduation rate (source: oecd).

Submitted by: Ali M. from TX
April 21, 2016, 12:52 p.m.
Issue area: Education

Should civic responsibility and media awareness be mandatory learing in HS?

Mainstream media has saturated our world with 24 hr news, the corporate control, therefore gov't is responsible to make its citizenry aware of who owns it and how it effects political process, agree?

Submitted by: yumpladukfoo from NY
April 21, 2016, 11:42 a.m.
Issue area: Education
Submitted by: Steven G. from VA
April 19, 2016, 2:08 p.m.
Issue area: Education
Submitted by: Caden Coleman from OK
April 19, 2016, 9:19 p.m.
Issue area: Education

How will you improve support for Menta disabilities in High School?

Hi, I Have ADHD. Right now, public high school is horrible for me, and even though I have support, it's still a struggle What will you guys do To make high school more enjoyable and individualized?

Submitted by: CadenOnTheCobb from CT
April 21, 2016, 2:16 p.m.
Issue area: Education

How would you fully fund public education? Should taxes fund non-public schools?

Education is becoming privatized & corporatized via charter schools & vouchers. We need to fully fund public education & stop giving tax dollars to charter schools, private schools, & homeschoolers.

Submitted by: Linda D. from FL
April 22, 2016, 10:01 a.m.
Issue area: Education

Do you think funding schools based on ranking helps or hinders public education?

Florida's overall public school rating plummeted from 6th in 2013 to 28th as reported in 2015. Standardized testing and school" grading" is used to determine if that school will be funded more or less
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Submitted by: Cody from FL
April 21, 2016, 4:12 p.m.
Issue area: Education

What do you think about focusing more on critical thinking skills at K-12?

At the college level and in private schools, they focus on critical thinking more than in public schools. College is too late for many and obviously only the affluent can afford private schools.
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Submitted by: Joe N. from MT
April 21, 2016, 1:45 a.m.
Issue area: Education

Be specific: how will your agenda restore prestige & autonomy to teachers?

Enrollment's decreasing significantly in Colleges of Education, while 50% of new teachers quit within 5 years and experienced teachers are leaving. How will you prevent the impending education crisis?
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Submitted by: ladyjulbug from KY
April 22, 2016, 2:39 a.m.
Issue area: Education

Would you support ,free education,amnesty or reduced costs for college education

The cost of education is too high in our country. Would you support amnesty for loans owed? Would you be interested in free education funded by higher taxes on wealthier people and corporates?

Submitted by: Charles T. from CA
April 21, 2016, 12:36 a.m.
Issue area: Education

Why are we still using one of 3 teaching philosophies?

There are more than 3 learning types in the United States of America, yet we still cleave to the pre industrial notions of "fall in line, don't be different than the rest of us."

Submitted by: MysteryZ from MI
April 22, 2016, 11:35 a.m.
Issue area: Education

Why are Students paying so much % internist on their school loans?

Why not have 0% and then there would see student loans actually get paid off!

Submitted by: Tanner from MN
April 21, 2016, 2:08 p.m.
Issue area: Education

Will you establish a mandatory comprehensive sex education program in schools?

Florida is currently the ranked number one for number of new HIV infections and has the 12 highest teen pregnancy rate in America.
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Submitted by: Cody from FL
April 21, 2016, 4:47 p.m.
Issue area: Education

Will you repeal the excess credit surcharge for public University students

The act forces public Florida universities to raise tuition 50% when a student exceeds 120 credit. This does not allow students to take more broad courses and explore different opportunitie.
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Submitted by: jorge921995 from FL
April 21, 2016, 11:21 p.m.
Issue area: Education

Would you or did you support a bill to raise teachers minimum salary?

There was been a bill in 2015 that, if passed, would raise minimum salary for all "instructional personnel" to 50k which can help both students, schools, and teachers in a number of ways.

Submitted by: Kristen C. from VA
April 21, 2016, 5:57 p.m.
Issue area: Education
Submitted by: nate from OH
April 22, 2016, 8:32 a.m.
Issue area: Education

Do you support student loan forgiveness?

At a time where graduates are struggling to find work in their chose field, so are having difficulty with repaying student loans, I believe that they should be allowed to have their loans forgiven.

Submitted by: DJ from WA
April 21, 2016, 4:33 p.m.
Issue area: Education

Do you support access to high quality early care and education for every child?

Investments in young children have a high return and are essential for equal opportunity. Child care allows parents to work & be more productive employees. This should be as high a priority as K-12.

Submitted by: Big John from MA
April 21, 2016, 4:25 p.m.
Issue area: Education

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