Joe Biden said they already start behind. We need to start school earlier in their life. Focus on the nurturing of education of children when they are very young, especially impoverished families.
Bill Richardson said how are we going to pay for education? Nobody asks how they are going to pay for the war, by the way. We need to pay our teachers. One of of 2 African-American/Latinos drop out by high school. We have to find a way to…[he listed various possibilities]
John Edwards said we need to start earlier, pay teachers better, get best teachers in inner city schools and poor areas. We have to do a whole group of things such as raise the minimum wage.
Barack Obama said parenting counselors for at-risk parents would help. We need to give teachers the tools and training they need and put them where they are most needed. You can’t leave the money behind in relation to “no child left behind.” Too many of us think it is acceptable for many not to achieve. We need somebody in the white house that recognizes these children as our own.
Dennis Kucinich said we are spending 1 to 2 trillion on a war and not putting it into education. We need a 15% reduction in Pentagon budget and put it into education.
Mike Gravel said problems need to be solved by the people and not their leaders. We are squandering money. We are all guilty, especially many on this stage.
Christopher Dodd said we need a good head start program. I have “walked the walk” on these issues. We need to see to it that, from their earliest days, children have an opportunity. The key is education.
Hillary Clinton said the American village has failed its children. I have fought to make sure schools are fair to its children, especially minorities and the poor. We cannot separate education from economic. This is a broader issue.