Ford Bell on Education


NCLB only benefits testing companies

Q: Is "No Child left Behind"-(NCLB) a good thing?

A: No, not overall. The only people who have benefited from NCLB is the testing companies, who've seen a huge increase in revenues.

Source: MN 2006 Senate debates - MPR interview Jan 26, 2006

Smaller classes to get students excited about science

We've got to get young people educated, and we've got to draw young people into fields like science and engineering, if we're going to be the world's leading innovator. It's hard to teach science in a class of 40 students. Investing in energy independence and other big projects has the side benefit of getting students excited about science.
Source: MN 2006 Senate debates - MPR interview Jan 26, 2006

Promise of "No Child Left Behind" lacks federal funding

It's no secret that states are struggling to meet the promise of "No Child Left Behind" because of the lack of federal funding. It's an expensive mandate and, without funding, our children continue to get the short end of the stick. Our Republican-controlled Congress would rather give tax cuts to the wealthy than invest in the young by funding this and other education-based programs.
Source: Campaign website, www.FordBell.com, "Issues" Dec 25, 2005

Pay teachers fair wages & shrink class sizes

Let's insist that we start paying our teachers fair wages so we can attract the best and brightest people into teaching. We must shrink class sizes and bring new technologies into our classrooms. And we must make financial aid programs generous enough to help those who need it and fully fund special education and early childhood education programs so every young person, transitioning adult and child in America gets a fair chance in life.
Source: Campaign website, www.FordBell.com, "Issues" Dec 25, 2005

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