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Rick Santorum on the No Child Left Behind Act

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Rick Santorum on the No Child Left Behind Act

In Wednesday night‘s debate Rick Santorum came under fire for voting in favor of the No Child Left Behind Act as a senator in 2001. The law was proposed by the George W. Bush administration as a major overhaul of the education system in which the federal government would require states to set standards and goals for their public schools systems. The law was easily passed by Congress after receiving wide bipartisan support among Republicans and Democrats.

Ron Paul claimed Mr. Santorum‘s support of the act proved he was a “fake” conservative (Mr. Paul opposes any federal funding or involvement in public education).

We checked Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich‘s record on this issue after they both failed to give a direct answer in last night‘s debate:

-Mr. Romney supported No Child Left Behind when he was both a candidate for the GOP nomination in 2007 and the governor of Massachusetts.

-In a 2006 “manifesto” Newt Gingrich supported No Child Left Behind and wrote that he would expand the law to include national standards for teachers.

Will Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney change their positions on the No Child Left Behind Act in an effort to appeal to conservative primary voters? See how you side with these candidates by taking our 2012 presidential candidate match quiz.

See our breakdown of Mitt Romney vs Barack Obama on education issues of the 2012 presidential election.

Lowering the standards to make the lazy kid and the lazy parent feel better about the horrible job they are doing at school. Sure. I had bad teachers I had good teachers I graduated highschool, and my only incentive was my parents. I went to school or they would ground me, period. Keep lowering the standards it has worked so well thus far creating an entire generation of lazy dummies who are a joke in the international job stage.

John Shepard

You shouldn't post a link claiming to give a breakdown of the two main candidates position on education when the link brings you to a page that mentions everything but education.

Chris Blake