Verbatim

Leading Voices in Education

“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