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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Huckabee on Education: No To Vouchers, Let Government Fix It

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December 12, 2007

Huckabee on Education: No To Vouchers, Let Government Fix It

Huckabee has consistently opposed school choice vouchers. He questioned "how practical they are" and called them "unrealistic."

Despite a recommendation in support of vouchers from the 1998 Arkansas "Murphy Commission," a commission Huckabee established himself, Huckabee argued that reforming public schools was a better focus than establishing school voucher programs and called a voucher program "unrealistic." ("Governor Takes Issue With Some Recommendations," The Associated Press, 10/1/98)
In 2002, following a Supreme Court decision upholding the constitutionality of vouchers, Huckabee said that he was not convinced that school vouchers would give many Arkansans any real choice for their youngsters and doubted "how practical they are." (James Jefferson, "Huckabee Questions Value Of Vouchers In Arkansas," The Associated Press, 8/15/02)
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported in 2003 that "Huckabee opposes tax-supported school vouchers that allow taxpayer money to underwrite tuition at private or parochial schools." (Michael Rowett, "Accountability Critical To Education Reform, Experts Say," Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 7/19/03)

In addition...

Huckabee called "No Child Left Behind" the greatest education reform effort by the federal government "in my lifetime." (Ralph Hallow, "Huckabee Says U.S. In Spending Mode," Washington Times, 3/1/05)

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