Verbatim

Leading Voices in Education

“For many of us who have DACA, it’s been two years of waiting this out.”

“I didn’t want to have another fire throw a wrench in my academic work.”

“To our educators, this is your victory.”

“Obviously, we shouldn’t be telling [students] how to vote or who to vote for. We just want them to vote, period—to take that first step toward making voting a lifelong habit.”

“This country is in a student achievement crisis, and over the past decade it has continued to worsen, especially for our most vulnerable students.”

“It’s simple, we need more people of color in these rooms making decisions.”

“People who are getting crushed by student loans are in a fight today.”

“School is where students are first learning how to do the work of citizenship.”

“That’s why now is the time to do something different. Something better. Embrace the thing that makes America great: Freedom.”

“This PSA is a gut punch, it’s uncomfortable, it’s hard to watch, but you can’t sanitize a school shooting.”

America is on the ‘verge of making education great again.’

“Strategies like investing in our children work. I’m tired of us thinking about these problems isolated from these other issues.”

“The Trump administration is sending an alarming message: Schools can cheat [their] student borrowers and still reap the rewards of federal student aid.”

“I tell parents you are my partner in your child’s education. You pass the baton to me in morning, and I pass the baton back to you in the afternoon.”

“A $30,000 debt for a graduate degree in education is a much weightier debt than probably a $50,000 debt for law school.”

“Equal is not equal.”

“No student in this country should have to sacrifice their own health to get an education.”

“The schoolroom is the first opportunity most citizens have to experience the power of government.”

“Teaching is really hard, It’s about as close to rocket science as I think you can get.”

“We can’t sit on our hands and ignore the disparities of wealth reflected in the SAT.”

“Teachers don’t need guns. They need a raise.”

“We are advocating for more freedom in education — for parents and students to be able to take much more control of their education.”

“Our children and grandchildren are not merely statistics toward which we can be indifferent.”

“We are significantly concerned that big-city students would face horrific consequences from adding a citizenship question to the Census. “

“The enormous student debt burden weighing down our economy isn’t the result of laziness or irresponsibility.”

“Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think.”

“We educate women because it is smart. We educate women because it changes the world.”

“Let’s speak truth: We’re a society that pretends to care about education, but not so much the education of other people’s children.”

“Without a strong educational system democracy is crippled.”

“Education is not a problem. Education is an opportunity.”

“The single, quickest, best way to make college more affordable to poor students is to simplify the FAFSA.”

“Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.”

“There have never been bridges for our low-income and black students to good jobs.”

“A good curriculum doesn’t micromanage the minute-to-minute actions of teachers; it challenges them to think.”

“Studies have consistently found harsh exclusionary discipline and physical punishments are associated with negative long-term outcomes.”

“Do we really need more white bread in our schools?”

“Think about every problem, every challenge, we face. The solution to each starts with education.”

“The first responders to poverty are our teachers.”

“Nothing is free. Someone, somewhere ultimately pays the bills.”

Equality in America won’t come until we have equality of educational opportunity.”

“My most difficult meetings are not with unions and school boards, they’re with publishers.”

“When you put the responsibility on parents to make good choices, it rarely works.”

“What is the advantage in a low-income area of sending a child to a failed school and that being your only choice?”

“We are in the business of educating children, no matter where they came from or how they got here.”

“When a child who could be taught to read goes untaught, the child suffers a lasting injury—and so does society.”

“Research shows the benefits of diversity for all students.”

“College wasn’t meant to do alone.”

“We will continue to stress the importance of attendance because every day counts.”

“School is a sacrosanct place for students to be able to learn, and they should be protected.”

“I would say we are a nation of laws, and we are a compassionate people.”

“Even the best teacher can’t succeed with students who are not in class.”

“This raise is earned, and it is deserved. Everyone can name the teachers who made a positive impact on their lives.”

“No one indicator is the silver bullet in education.”

“Conjunction Junction, what’s your function? Hooking up words and phrases and clauses.”

“If you can’t read, you can’t do anything.”

“Education cuts do not heal.”

“More glue guns, fewer handguns.”

“A lot of where kids end up is already kind of baked in by the 3rd grade.”

“To be ready for school and learning, you have to be healthy first.”

“When public officials resist public disclosure of what they do, people should be skeptical of what they’re trying to hide.”

“I think that we can all do well to reflect on the things we say before we say them.”

“An A in Louisiana should be an A in any state in this country.”

“I got the impression that her learning curve where higher ed is concerned is quite vertical.”

It’s a mundane malaise that dampens dreams, dims horizons and denies futures.”

“Condemning the KKK and Nazis is a really low bar.”

“For all of the beauty of technology and all the things we’ve helped facilitate over the years, nothing yet replaces human interactions.”

“Out of Michigan, without her checkbook, DeVos is like a mermaid with legs: clumsy, conspicuous, and unable to move forward.”

“The opponents of modernizing our education system will pull out all the stops. They will not go quietly into the night.”

“This is what winning for young children and kids from all over the country looks like.”

“It will give Secretary DeVos a blank check to promote her anti-public-school agenda.”

DeVos and Kaine on School Accountability