Tim Scott on Education



Change education; break the backs of the teachers' unions

On education -- the only way we change education in this nation is to break the backs of the teachers' unions. They are standing in the door house of our kids, locking them into failing schools and locking them out of the greatest future they can have.
Source: Fox News 2023 Republican primary debate in Milwaukee , Aug 23, 2023

Embrace education freedom and empower parents

Source: 2024 Presidential campaign website VoteTimScott.com , May 22, 2023

Started the School Choice Caucus & they work

Q: What is the argument for you policy-wise versus President Trump or anybody else who gets into this field?

SCOTT: I hope we have about 30 minutes left to have this conversation... I started the School Choice Caucus. We led to the highest level of funding for HBCUs In the history of the country and then we made it permanent. I led on the vast majority of those pieces of legislation, I've worked on police reform where we want to make sure that the best wore the badge, that the officers have the best resources, the best training, and we never questioned their qualified immunity.

Q: On School choice [some say] what you do is end up hurting public schools when you let parents take the money elsewhere. How can public schools improve if you take even more money from them?

SCOTT: Look at Success Academy in NYC where you see the populations are about 87% minority and yet their schools are the top in the state of New York. What we've seen very consistently.

Source: Fox News Sunday on 2023 Presidential hopefuls , Feb 26, 2023

In America a good education is the closest thing to magic

I think we need to have hard conversations with the American voters about not red or blue solution, but about American solutions. Let's have hard conversations about the fact that in America, a good education is the closest thing to magic. And that's why 67 percent of Democrats, 68 percent of independents, 70 percent of Hispanics, 74 percent of African- Americans all agree that quality education is necessary for the furtherance of the American dream and the hardest hit communities.
Source: Fox News Sunday on 2022 South Carolina Senate race , Sep 11, 2022

COVID: school closures are clearest case for school choice

I am saddened that millions of kids have lost a year of learning when they could not afford to lose a day. Locking vulnerable kids out of the classroom is locking adults out of their future.

Our public schools should have reopened months ago. Other countries' did. Private and religious schools did. Science has shown for months that schools are safe. But too often, powerful grown-ups set science aside. And kids like me were left behind. The clearest case for school choice in our lifetimes.

Source: Republican response to the 2021 State of the Union address , Apr 28, 2021

COVID: direct some relief funding to school choice programs

Senators Tim Scott and Lamar Alexander offered a bill during congressional negotiating over COVID-19 relief funding that would redirect some of that funding to school-choice programs. Tying it to the economic harms and school shutdowns was wise, because it signaled to families who might not traditionally support conservative politicians that the GOP was taking seriously their concerns about being able to continue sending their children to the schools that are best for them.
Source: National Review on 2022 South Carolina Senate race , Sep 30, 2020

For choice: public, private, charter, virtual or home school

I realized a quality education is the closest thing we have to magic in America. That's why I fight to this day for school choice...to make sure every child, in every neighborhood has a quality education. I don't care if it's a public, private, charter, virtual or home school. When a parent has a choice, their kid has a better chance. And the President has fought alongside me on that.
Source: Speech at 2020 Republican National Convention , Aug 25, 2020

Oppose nationwide Common Core standards

Question topic: The federal government should establish nationwide standards (such as Common Core) for high-school graduation.

Scott: Disagree

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 South Carolina Senate race , Sep 30, 2014

Kids, not unions, should be focus of our public education

My Opportunity Agenda understands the necessity of a good education. It believes that kids, not unions, should be the focus of our public education, that parents and not bureaucrats in Washington, should decide the path of their child's education. They should be free to choose homeschooling, public schools, charter schools, parochial schools. It should be the parent's choice, because when the parents have the choice, the kids have a chance.
Source: Speech at 2014 CPAC convention , Mar 6, 2014

Denounce the Common Core State Standards.

Scott co-sponsored Resolution against Common Core

Congressional summary:: Strongly denouncing the President`s coercion of States into adopting the Common Core State Standards by conferring preferences in Federal grants:

    Resolved, That it is the sense of the House of Representatives that--
  1. States and local educational agencies should maintain the right and responsibility of determining educational curricula;
  2. the Federal Government should not incentivize the adoption of common education standards; and
  3. no application process for any Federal grant funds should provide any preference for the adoption of the Common Core State Standards.

    Opponent`s argument against (CoreStandards.org): The Common Core State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. 45 states have adopted the Common Core State Standards [not adopted in TX, NE, AK, MN, and VA]. The nation`s governors and education commissioners, through their representative organizations the National Governors Association (NGA) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) led the development of the Common Core State Standards and continue to lead the initiative. Teachers, parents, school administrators and experts from across the country together with state leaders provided input into the development of the standards.

    Source: HRes.476 & SRes.345 14-SR345 on Feb 6, 2014

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