Rick Santorum on Education

Last Updated : Dec 06, 2011

Creationism and NCLB

In December of 2001, Senator Santorum introduced amendments into the NCLB legislation that called for allowing the teaching of creationism. He spoke in favor of the overall legislation and supporting his amendment. In an early 2011 interview, he discussed the amendment and it's effect on the overall NCLB discussion.

 

Fox News / Google Debate

On September of 2011, Senator Santorum participated in the Fox News / Google debate. He states that the federal education system is failing because it is not supporting its customers - the parents of the children in the education system.

Voting Record

Standards vs Tutors

Again in 2001, the Senate voted on another amendment which would authorize $200 million to provide grants to help states develop assessment systems that describe student achievement. This amendment would replace a previous amendment which would allow parents with children at under-performing schools to use public funding for private tutors. The amendment was widely supported by Democrats, but widely opposed by Republicans. It failed to pass in a 50-47 vote. Rick Santorum voted against the amendment and supported private tutors over creating standards.

Rick Santorum voted against the amendment and supported private tutors over creating standards.

No Child Left Behind Act of 2001

No Child Left Behind was the primary focus of the Bush administration prior to 9/11. The bill requires states to develop assessments in basic skills to be given to all students in certain grades, if those states are to receive federal funding for schools. The Act does not assert a national achievement standard; standards are set by each individual state. The bill got the support of all but 2 Democrats and all but 6 Republicans and passed the Senate in a 91-8 vote. Rick Santorum voted in favor of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.

Rick Santorum voted in favor of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.

Amendment - Voucher Program

In June 2001, Senator Gregg introduced an amendment to create a test voucher program for low income students in failing schools. The program would have been in 10 cities and three states. Rick Santorum voted in favor of a voucher program.

Rick Santorum voted in favor of a voucher program.

Teachers vs Tutors

In 2001, the Senate voted on an amendment to the Better Education for Students and Teachers Act which would have provided $2.4 billion in funding in fiscal 2002 for state and local services to hire up to 100,00 additional teachers. This amendment would replace an amendment allowing parents with children at under-performing schools to use public funding for private tutors. Every Democrat that voted supported the amendment, and every Republican that voted opposed the amendment. Rick Santorum voted against the amendment and supported funding for tutors over additional teachers.

Rick Santorum voted against the amendment and supported funding for tutors over additional teachers.

Affordable Education Act of 2000

The Affordable Education Act of 2000 was voted on in early 2000. Among other things, the bill would have allowed tax-free savings accounts of up to $2000 per child annually to be used for public or private school tuition or other education expenses. The bill passed the Senate in a 61-37 vote. Rick Santorum voted in favor of the Affordable Education Act of 2000.

Rick Santorum voted in favor of the Affordable Education Act of 2000.

Rules Waiver

In 1999, the Senate voted on an amendment to the Education Flexibility Partnership Act of 1999 which would have allowed states to waive certain federal rules normally required in order to use federal school aid. A vote in favor of the amendment would have signified support for vouchers and school choice. Every Democrat that voted opposed the amendment, and every Republican that voted supported the amendment. Rick Santorum voted in favor of the amendment and supported school choice.

Rick Santorum voted in favor of the amendment and supported school choice.

Education Savings and School Excellence Act of 1998

This 1998 legislation would have allowed people to take money from their IRAs to pay for qualified elementary and secondary education expenses, including home schooling expenses. It increased the annual contribution limit from $500 to $2,000. It permits corporations to contribute to education IRAs. Although the bill passed in the Senate easily, it was vetoed by the President. Rick Santorum voted in favor of the Education Savings and School Excellence Act of 1998.

Rick Santorum voted in favor of the Education Savings and School Excellence Act of 1998.

Education Savings Act and School Excellence Act of 1998

In 1998, the Education Savings Act for Public and Private Schools Education Savings and School Excellence Act of 1998 attempted to create tax-sheltered educational savings accounts. Although the bill got a majority of the votes, it did not get the numbers needed and failed to pass with the support of most Republicans, but the opposition of most Democrats. Rick Santorum voted in favor of the Education Savings Act and School Excellence Act of 1998.

Rick Santorum voted in favor of the Education Savings Act and School Excellence Act of 1998.

Amendment - Vouchers in DC

In 1999, the Senate voted on an amendment to the DC appropriations bill that would have installed a voucher system to allow students to choose to attend a private school, or any school other than their assigned public school. The measure failed to get the votes it needed with most Republicans supporting it and most Democrats voting in opposition to it. Rick Santorum voted in favor of the DC voucher system.

Rick Santorum voted in favor of the DC voucher system.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-105; Bill Number-S 1996; REAL Life Educational Opportunity Act of 1998 - Prime Sponsor

Amends title VI (Innovative Education Program Strategies) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) to allow any State that has enacted or will enact a law establishing a voluntary public and private school parental choice scholarship program in compliance with specified ESEA requirements to reserve an additional 15 percent from its annual title IV allotment for use exclusively for such parental choice programs. Requires State educational agencies (SEAs), except in the case of such programs, to distribute 90 percent (currently 85 percent) of title VI funds to local educational agencies (LEAs).

User Comments