Obama

On Abstinence Only:
Con

Barack Obama, US Senator (D-IL), stated in an Apr. 20, 2008 article titled "Encore: Democratic Candidates Compassion Forum" on CNN.com:

"...[W]hat I have consistently talked about is to take a comprehensive approach where we focus on abstinence, where we are teaching the sacredness of sexuality to our children. But we also recognize the importance of good medical care for women, that we're also recognizing the importance of age-appropriate education to reduce risks. I do believe that contraception has to be part of that education process."
   Apr. 20, 2008 Barack Obama

On Increasing Costs:


Pro

Barack Obama, US Senator (D-IL), stated in an Apr. 6, 2005 article titled "Remarks of Senator Barack Obama at the Herblock Foundation Annual Lecture" on his official candidate website:

"And so, as I stood in those Illinois colleges listening to students tell me about their problems, I started thinking, when did the cost of college stop becoming our problem? When did the headlines about skyrocketing tuition start getting crowded out by Michael Jackson and Martha Stewart, and when did this national priority start playing second fiddle to the latest partisan food fight in Washington? I'm not sure, but I do know that I've met enough good citizens who think about the other guy and want to change this. And I believe there are enough members of both parties who want to start this country down the path of making college affordable and accessible for every American... I believe it's time for Congress to follow your lead. This week, I'm introducing the Higher Education Opportunity through Pell Grant Expansion Act - the HOPE Act. This bill will make college more affordable for 430,000 Americans by increasing Pell Grant awards."
Apr. 6, 2005 Barack Obama 

On No Child Left Behind:

Con

Barack Obama, US Senator (D-IL), stated in an article titled "Issues: Education" on his official campaign website (accessed Jan. 28, 2008):

"No Child Left Behind Left the Money Behind: The goal of the law was the right one, but unfulfilled funding promises, inadequate implementation by the Education Department and shortcomings in the design of the law itself have limited its effectiveness and undercut its support. As a result, the law has failed to provide high-quality teachers in every classroom and failed to adequately support and pay those teachers."
  Jan. 28, 2008
Barack Obama


On School Vouchers:
Now Not Clearly Pro nor Con

Barack Obama, US Senator (D-IL), in a Feb. 13, 2008 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article titled "Obama Addresses State, US Topics," stated:

"If there was any argument for vouchers, it was 'Let's see if the experiment works'...And if it does, whatever my preconception, you do what's best for kids."
Feb. 13, 2008 Barack Obama

 

McCain

On Abstinence Only:

Pro

John McCain, US Senator (R-AZ), stated at in a Mar. 16, 2007 New York Times article titled "McCain Stumbles on H.I.V. Prevention":

"Q: What about grants for sex education in the United States? Should they include instructions about using contraceptives? Or should it be Bush's policy, which is just abstinence?

Mr. McCain: (Long pause) Ahhh. I think I support the president's policy."
Mar. 16, 2007 John McCain

On Increasing Costs:

Pro

John McCain, US Senator (R-AZ), stated in a Feb. 25, 2000 The Chronicle of Higher Education article titled "Q&A: The Candidates on College Issues":

"By far, I believe the skyrocketing costs of tuition at colleges and universities across our nation is the biggest obstacle facing those who want to continue their education. Over the last 20 years, the average tuition at public educational institutions has increased by 400 percent, while tuition at private institutions has increased more than 440 percent. These are unnerving statistics for parents just starting their families, but they are a terrifying reality for parents with college-bound children. Congress has taken steps to improve the availability of financial assistance for college tuition. The 1998 reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, which I supported, made student loans more affordable by increasing the allowable level for Pell Grants and setting the lowest loan interest rates in nearly two decades. The bill also provided loan forgiveness for college students who agreed to teach in high-risk schools, while also strengthening the training of future teachers. In addition, I will continue to support significant funding for literacy-, vocational-, and technical-education programs, and broadening opportunities for high-school and adult students through strong educational initiatives, including the Carl D. Perkins Act... I supported the 1997 Taxpayer Relief Act that created the Hope and Lifetime Learning tax credits to make college and higher education more affordable. Both of these programs are currently playing an important role in helping make college and postsecondary education more affordable for many American families, and I will continue to support them. We must do more to make college affordable for all Americans. That is why I have proposed a tax plan that allows Americans to keep more of their hard-earned money to be used for their priorities, including higher education. In addition, I will increase the annual amount families can save in tax-free Education Savings Accounts for college expenses. I will encourage and reward savings and investment by establishing new, tax-deferred Family Security Accounts which can be used for higher education. And I will continue to support funding as generously as possible federal programs, such as Pell Grants, that help make higher education affordable for all Americans."
Feb. 25, 2000 John McCain
On No Child Left Behind:
Pro

John McCain, US Senator (R-AZ), stated in a Washington Post online election resource guide titled "The Presidential Field: John McCain" (accessed Jan. 25, 2008):

"The principles underneath No Child Left Behind -- standards, accountability, transparency, and choice-- are a major step in the right direction; taking away power from education bureaucrats and returning it to those on the front lines of education -- the local schools, the local teachers and the local parents. It has provided support and guidance to our state and local communities to strengthen our schools, while also giving much needed flexibility for every state in the use of federal education dollars. It also contains many initiatives that have helped ensure that more federal education dollars reach our classrooms rather than being lost in bureaucratic black hole."
Jan. 25, 2008 John McCain
On School Vouchers:
Pro

John McCain, US Senator (R-AZ), stated at the Dec. 9, 2007 Republican Presidential Debate in Coral Gables, FL:

"Choice and competition is the key to success in education in America. That means charter schools, that means home schooling, it means vouchers, it means rewarding good teachers and finding bad teachers another line of work...It means rewarding good performing schools, and it really means in some cases putting bad performing schools out of business."
Dec. 9, 2007 John McCain