Bernard Sanders on Education

Last Updated : Nov 08, 2011

Support for Head Start

In June of 2007, Senator Sanders issued a press statement noting his support for the Head Start Program.

 

Iraq and Education

In October of 2007, Senator Sanders issued a press statement noting his views that increasing spending in Iraq and decreasing spending on education was the opposite approach.

 

The New GI Bill

In February of 2008, Senator Sanders issued a statement noting his support for a new version of the GI bill.

 

Support for Special Education

In March of 2008, Senator Sanders issued a statement noting his support for increasing the costs of special education for the federal government to pay a higher percentage of the share.

 

Finland Success

In March of 2008, Senator Sanders issued a press statement discussing his views on the success of the education and other systems in Finland.

 

Education is Investing in the Future

In September of 2008, Senator Sanders issued a press statement noting an op-ed on educaiton discussing the need to invest in the future in education.

 

Official Website Statements

 

Voting Record

College Cost Reduction and Access Act

The College Cost Reduction and Access Act is a significant education bill dealing largely with funding for higher education. The bill removes tuition sensitivity for Pell Grants, increases the amount available for Pell grants, Funds the Upward Bound program, establishes the TEACH Grants, reduces student loan repayment rates, sets deferments based on need and establishes some partner based grants. The bill got a great deal of support in the Senate and passed easily. Bernard Sanders voted in favor of the College Cost Reduction and Access Act.

Bernard Sanders voted in favor of the College Cost Reduction and Access Act.

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 most Democrats and Republicans and passed the House in a 384-45 vote. Bernard Sanders voted in favor of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.

Bernard Sanders voted in favor of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.

DC Scholarship Program

In 1998, the House voted on an amendment to the yearly appropriations bill to Washington D.C.. The amendment allocated $7 Million dollars to a program for scholarships to low-income children. The amendment was ' agreed to with the support of most Republicans and most Democrats. Bernard Sanders voted against the DC Scholarship Program.

Bernard Sanders voted against the DC Scholarship Program.

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 both the house and the Senate, it was vetoed by the President. Bernard Sanders voted against the Education Savings and School Excellence Act of 1998.

Bernard Sanders voted against the Education Savings and School Excellence Act of 1998.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-111; Bill Number-S 3739; Safe Schools Improvement Act of 2010 - Cosponsor

Amends the Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act to require: (1) states to use grants for safe and drug-free schools to collect and report information on the incidence of bullying and harassment; and (2) local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools to use subgrants to prevent and respond to incidents of bullying and harassment. Requires such LEAs or schools to: (1) notify parents and students annually of conduct prohibited in their school discipline policies, that now must include bullying and harassment; and (2) establish grievance procedures for students and parents to register complaints regarding such conduct.

Session-111; Bill Number-S 3739; Safe Schools Improvement Act of 2010 - Cosponsor

Amends the Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act to require: (1) states to use grants for safe and drug-free schools to collect and report information on the incidence of bullying and harassment; and (2) local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools to use subgrants to prevent and respond to incidents of bullying and harassment. Requires such LEAs or schools to: (1) notify parents and students annually of conduct prohibited in their school discipline policies, that now must include bullying and harassment; and (2) establish grievance procedures for students and parents to register complaints regarding such conduct.

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