Sarah Palin on Education

Last Updated : Dec 14, 2010

Summary

As Governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin stated that she did not support voucher systems as it was not allowed by the Alaskan state constitution. She stated that she supported charter schools and home schooling.

As part of a program to stabilize the education funding in Alaska, she implemented a plan to forward fund K-12 education. This would allow the school districts to know the level of funding they would receive each year prior to the year. She stated that this three-year funding plan would shift the school debate from perpetual "money talk" to accountability and achievement.

During the Vice-Presidential debate in 2008, Governor Palin stated that there was a need to increase standards, and that No Child Left Behind needed to be reformed with more flexibility. She did not explain the area that flexibility was needed.

 

Funding for K-12 Schools

As part of her 2006 Gubernatorial campaign literature, Sarah Palin stated that she supported forward funding for schools to allow better planning.

In her 2007 state of the state address, Governor Palin reasserted her support for early funding of education.

 

Support for Charter and Home Schools

As part of her 2006 Gubernatorial campaign literature, Sarah Palin stated that she supported charter schools, home schools, and other alternatives.

 

Opposition to Vouchers

In September of 2006, while running for Governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin spoke with the National Education Association's Alaska chapter, and stated that she did not support the use of school vouchers. The interaction is recorded in a 2008 CNS News article.

In July of 2007, Governor Palin was interviewed by Dimitri Vassilaros of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. She clarified her position on vouchers by stating that the Alaskan constitution only allowed for funding to public schools.

 

Focus on Accountability

In her State of the State address in January of 2008, Governor Palin stated that the school debate should focus on accountability.

 

No Child Left Behind

During the Vice Presidential debate in October of 2008, Governor Palin responded 

 

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