NPE Action 2020 Presidential Candidates Project

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Donor Grade Explanation

Large donors give to candidates who support their point of view. Such donors receive special access to the candidate should they be elected. This rating measures the extent to which candidates have received large donations from so-called “education reform” supporters, PACs and 501 (c)(4) organizations.  

Charter Grade Explanation

Candidates often hide behind language such as “I support public charter schools only” or “charter schools must be accountable,” in an attempt to obfuscate their position. We dig deeper and consider factors such as their position on the NAACP moratorium, whether they support charter caps, endorsements by pro-charter organizations and other factors that you can read about here. 

Voucher Grade Explanation

Taxpayer money goes to private and religious schools via voucher payments or voucher workarounds often disguised  as “scholarships” or “savings accounts.”  This rating measures the extent to which the candidate has promoted vouchers either by their support for voucher programs at the state or federal level, their public statements regarding vouchers or voucher workarounds, or their affiliation with groups that support vouchers. 

Testing Grade Explanation

When tests are used to close or punish schools, retain students, or evaluate teachers they become high-stakes tests. We rate candidates on their embrace of using tests for high-stakes purposes (often called accountability) by examining their votes and public statements. 

Affiliations Grade Explanation

The company a candidate keeps matter. To derive our ratings we looked at factors including endorsements, whether they addressed groups that support privatization, and the boards on which they have served.

Sources

Joe Biden visits an elementary school in York, PA.

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Donor Grade Explanation

Large donors give to candidates who support their point of view. Such donors receive special access to the candidate should they be elected. This rating measures the extent to which candidates have received large donations from so-called “education reform” supporters, PACs and 501 (c)(4) organizations.  

Charter Grade Explanation

Candidates often hide behind language such as “I support public charter schools only” or “charter schools must be accountable,” in an attempt to obfuscate their position. We dig deeper and consider factors such as their position on the NAACP moratorium, whether they support charter caps, endorsements by pro-charter organizations and other factors that you can read about here. 

Voucher Grade Explanation

Taxpayer money goes to private and religious schools via voucher payments or voucher workarounds often disguised  as “scholarships” or “savings accounts.”  This rating measures the extent to which the candidate has promoted vouchers either by their support for voucher programs at the state or federal level, their public statements regarding vouchers or voucher workarounds, or their affiliation with groups that support vouchers. 

Testing Grade Explanation

When tests are used to close or punish schools, retain students, or evaluate teachers they become high-stakes tests. We rate candidates on their embrace of using tests for high-stakes purposes (often called accountability) by examining their votes and public statements. 

Affiliations Grade Explanation

The company a candidate keeps matter. To derive our ratings we looked at factors including endorsements, whether they addressed groups that support privatization, and the boards on which they have served.

Sources

Senator Cory Booker’s spoke at the 2016 American Federation for Children Policy Summit.

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Donor Grade Explanation

Large donors give to candidates who support their point of view. Such donors receive special access to the candidate should they be elected. This rating measures the extent to which candidates have received large donations from so-called “education reform” supporters, PACs and 501 (c)(4) organizations.  

Charter Grade Explanation

Candidates often hide behind language such as “I support public charter schools only” or “charter schools must be accountable,” in an attempt to obfuscate their position. We dig deeper and consider factors such as their position on the NAACP moratorium, whether they support charter caps, endorsements by pro-charter organizations and other factors that you can read about here. 

Voucher Grade Explanation

Taxpayer money goes to private and religious schools via voucher payments or voucher workarounds often disguised  as “scholarships” or “savings accounts.”  This rating measures the extent to which the candidate has promoted vouchers either by their support for voucher programs at the state or federal level, their public statements regarding vouchers or voucher workarounds, or their affiliation with groups that support vouchers. 

Testing Grade Explanation

When tests are used to close or punish schools, retain students, or evaluate teachers they become high-stakes tests. We rate candidates on their embrace of using tests for high-stakes purposes (often called accountability) by examining their votes and public statements. 

Affiliations Grade Explanation

The company a candidate keeps matter. To derive our ratings we looked at factors including endorsements, whether they addressed groups that support privatization, and the boards on which they have served.

Sources

Steve Bullock reads to preschoolers.

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Donor Grade Explanation

Large donors give to candidates who support their point of view. Such donors receive special access to the candidate should they be elected. This rating measures the extent to which candidates have received large donations from so-called education reform supporters, PACs and 501 (c)(4) organizations.  We considered both the number of mega-donors, PACs and 501 (c)(4) organizations known to support charters, vouchers and “education reform” who gave to the candidate as well as the amount.

Charter Grade Explanation

Candidates often hide behind language such as “I support public charter schools only” or “charter schools must be accountable”, in an attempt to obfuscate their position. We dig deeper and consider factors such as their position on the NAACP moratorium, whether they support charter caps, have they been endorsed by pro-charter organizations and other factors that you can read about here. 

Voucher Grade Explanation

Taxpayer money goes to private and religious schools via voucher payments or voucher workarounds often disguised  as “scholarships” or “savings accounts.”  This rating measures the extent to which the candidate has promoted vouchers either my their support for voucher programs at the state or federal level, their public statements regarding vouchers or voucher workarounds or their affiliation with groups that support vouchers. 

Testing Grade Explanation

When tests are used to close or punish schools, retain students or evaluate teachers they become high-stakes tests. We rate candidates on their embrace of using tests for high-stakes purposes (often called accountability) by examining their votes and public statements. 

Affiliations Grade Explanation

The company a candidate keeps matter. To derive our ratings which looked at factors such as who is on the candidate’s staff, their endorsements, whether they addressed groups that support privatization, and the boards on which they have served.

Sources

At his campaign announcement Buttigieg said “Empowering teachers means freedom, because you are not free in your own classroom if your ability to do your job is reduced to a number on a page.”

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Donor Grade Explanation

Large donors give to candidates who support their point of view. Such donors receive special access to the candidate should they be elected. This rating measures the extent to which candidates have received large donations from so-called education reform supporters, PACs and 501 (c)(4) organizations.  We considered both the number of mega-donors, PACs and 501 (c)(4) organizations known to support charters, vouchers and “education reform” who gave to the candidate as well as the amount.

Charter Grade Explanation

Candidates often hide behind language such as “I support public charter schools only” or “charter schools must be accountable”, in an attempt to obfuscate their position. We dig deeper and consider factors such as their position on the NAACP moratorium, whether they support charter caps, have they been endorsed by pro-charter organizations and other factors that you can read about here. 

Voucher Grade Explanation

Taxpayer money goes to private and religious schools via voucher payments or voucher workarounds often disguised  as “scholarships” or “savings accounts.”  This rating measures the extent to which the candidate has promoted vouchers either my their support for voucher programs at the state or federal level, their public statements regarding vouchers or voucher workarounds or their affiliation with groups that support vouchers. 

Testing Grade Explanation

When tests are used to close or punish schools, retain students or evaluate teachers they become high-stakes tests. We rate candidates on their embrace of using tests for high-stakes purposes (often called accountability) by examining their votes and public statements. 

Affiliations Grade Explanation

The company a candidate keeps matter. To derive our ratings which looked at factors such as who is on the candidate’s staff, their endorsements, whether they addressed groups that support privatization, and the boards on which they have served.

Sources

Julian Castro was a featured guest at a ribbon cutting ceremony for IDEA charter schools.

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Donor Grade Explanation

Large donors give to candidates who support their point of view. Such donors receive special access to the candidate should they be elected. This rating measures the extent to which candidates have received large donations from so-called education reform supporters, PACs and 501 (c)(4) organizations.  We considered both the number of mega-donors, PACs and 501 (c)(4) organizations known to support charters, vouchers and “education reform” who gave to the candidate as well as the amount.

Charter Grade Explanation

Candidates often hide behind language such as “I support public charter schools only” or “charter schools must be accountable”, in an attempt to obfuscate their position. We dig deeper and consider factors such as their position on the NAACP moratorium, whether they support charter caps, have they been endorsed by pro-charter organizations and other factors that you can read about here. 

Voucher Grade Explanation

Taxpayer money goes to private and religious schools via voucher payments or voucher workarounds often disguised  as “scholarships” or “savings accounts.”  This rating measures the extent to which the candidate has promoted vouchers either my their support for voucher programs at the state or federal level, their public statements regarding vouchers or voucher workarounds or their affiliation with groups that support vouchers. 

Testing Grade Explanation

When tests are used to close or punish schools, retain students or evaluate teachers they become high-stakes tests. We rate candidates on their embrace of using tests for high-stakes purposes (often called accountability) by examining their votes and public statements. 

Affiliations Grade Explanation

The company a candidate keeps matter. To derive our ratings which looked at factors such as who is on the candidate’s staff, their endorsements, whether they addressed groups that support privatization, and the boards on which they have served.

Sources

Congressman John Delaney visits a Maryland high school to speak with students.

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Donor Grade Explanation

Large donors give to candidates who support their point of view. Such donors receive special access to the candidate should they be elected. This rating measures the extent to which candidates have received large donations from so-called education reform supporters, PACs and 501 (c)(4) organizations.  We considered both the number of mega-donors, PACs and 501 (c)(4) organizations known to support charters, vouchers and “education reform” who gave to the candidate as well as the amount.

Charter Grade Explanation

Candidates often hide behind language such as “I support public charter schools only” or “charter schools must be accountable”, in an attempt to obfuscate their position. We dig deeper and consider factors such as their position on the NAACP moratorium, whether they support charter caps, have they been endorsed by pro-charter organizations and other factors that you can read about here. 

Voucher Grade Explanation

Taxpayer money goes to private and religious schools via voucher payments or voucher workarounds often disguised  as “scholarships” or “savings accounts.”  This rating measures the extent to which the candidate has promoted vouchers either my their support for voucher programs at the state or federal level, their public statements regarding vouchers or voucher workarounds or their affiliation with groups that support vouchers. 

Testing Grade Explanation

When tests are used to close or punish schools, retain students or evaluate teachers they become high-stakes tests. We rate candidates on their embrace of using tests for high-stakes purposes (often called accountability) by examining their votes and public statements. 

Affiliations Grade Explanation

The company a candidate keeps matter. To derive our ratings which looked at factors such as who is on the candidate’s staff, their endorsements, whether they addressed groups that support privatization, and the boards on which they have served.

Sources

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Donor Grade Explanation

Large donors give to candidates who support their point of view. Such donors receive special access to the candidate should they be elected. This rating measures the extent to which candidates have received large donations from so-called education reform supporters, PACs and 501 (c)(4) organizations.  We considered both the number of mega-donors, PACs and 501 (c)(4) organizations known to support charters, vouchers and “education reform” who gave to the candidate as well as the amount.

Charter Grade Explanation

Candidates often hide behind language such as “I support public charter schools only” or “charter schools must be accountable”, in an attempt to obfuscate their position. We dig deeper and consider factors such as their position on the NAACP moratorium, whether they support charter caps, have they been endorsed by pro-charter organizations and other factors that you can read about here. 

Voucher Grade Explanation

Taxpayer money goes to private and religious schools via voucher payments or voucher workarounds often disguised  as “scholarships” or “savings accounts.”  This rating measures the extent to which the candidate has promoted vouchers either my their support for voucher programs at the state or federal level, their public statements regarding vouchers or voucher workarounds or their affiliation with groups that support vouchers. 

Testing Grade Explanation

When tests are used to close or punish schools, retain students or evaluate teachers they become high-stakes tests. We rate candidates on their embrace of using tests for high-stakes purposes (often called accountability) by examining their votes and public statements. 

Affiliations Grade Explanation

The company a candidate keeps matter. To derive our ratings which looked at factors such as who is on the candidate’s staff, their endorsements, whether they addressed groups that support privatization, and the boards on which they have served.

Sources

Senator Gillibrand’s floor speech opposing Betsy DeVos’s nomination.

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Donor Grade Explanation

Large donors give to candidates who support their point of view. Such donors receive special access to the candidate should they be elected. This rating measures the extent to which candidates have received large donations from so-called education reform supporters, PACs and 501 (c)(4) organizations.  We considered both the number of mega-donors, PACs and 501 (c)(4) organizations known to support charters, vouchers and “education reform” who gave to the candidate as well as the amount.

Charter Grade Explanation

Candidates often hide behind language such as “I support public charter schools only” or “charter schools must be accountable”, in an attempt to obfuscate their position. We dig deeper and consider factors such as their position on the NAACP moratorium, whether they support charter caps, have they been endorsed by pro-charter organizations and other factors that you can read about here. 

Voucher Grade Explanation

Taxpayer money goes to private and religious schools via voucher payments or voucher workarounds often disguised  as “scholarships” or “savings accounts.”  This rating measures the extent to which the candidate has promoted vouchers either my their support for voucher programs at the state or federal level, their public statements regarding vouchers or voucher workarounds or their affiliation with groups that support vouchers. 

Testing Grade Explanation

When tests are used to close or punish schools, retain students or evaluate teachers they become high-stakes tests. We rate candidates on their embrace of using tests for high-stakes purposes (often called accountability) by examining their votes and public statements. 

Affiliations Grade Explanation

The company a candidate keeps matter. To derive our ratings which looked at factors such as who is on the candidate’s staff, their endorsements, whether they addressed groups that support privatization, and the boards on which they have served.

Sources

Senator Kamala Harris gave a wide ranging floor speech on her reasons for voting no on Betsy DeVos’s confirmation.

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Donor Grade Explanation

Large donors give to candidates who support their point of view. Such donors receive special access to the candidate should they be elected. This rating measures the extent to which candidates have received large donations from so-called education reform supporters, PACs and 501 (c)(4) organizations.  We considered both the number of mega-donors, PACs and 501 (c)(4) organizations known to support charters, vouchers and “education reform” who gave to the candidate as well as the amount.

Charter Grade Explanation

Candidates often hide behind language such as “I support public charter schools only” or “charter schools must be accountable”, in an attempt to obfuscate their position. We dig deeper and consider factors such as their position on the NAACP moratorium, whether they support charter caps, have they been endorsed by pro-charter organizations and other factors that you can read about here. 

Voucher Grade Explanation

Taxpayer money goes to private and religious schools via voucher payments or voucher workarounds often disguised  as “scholarships” or “savings accounts.”  This rating measures the extent to which the candidate has promoted vouchers either my their support for voucher programs at the state or federal level, their public statements regarding vouchers or voucher workarounds or their affiliation with groups that support vouchers. 

Testing Grade Explanation

When tests are used to close or punish schools, retain students or evaluate teachers they become high-stakes tests. We rate candidates on their embrace of using tests for high-stakes purposes (often called accountability) by examining their votes and public statements. 

Affiliations Grade Explanation

The company a candidate keeps matter. To derive our ratings which looked at factors such as who is on the candidate’s staff, their endorsements, whether they addressed groups that support privatization, and the boards on which they have served.

Sources

Jay Inslee for Governor Interview from Stand for Children on Vimeo.

In 2012 Jay Inslee was recorded in a wide ranging interview with the Stand for Children PAC.

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Donor Grade Explanation

Large donors give to candidates who support their point of view. Such donors receive special access to the candidate should they be elected. This rating measures the extent to which candidates have received large donations from so-called education reform supporters, PACs and 501 (c)(4) organizations.  We considered both the number of mega-donors, PACs and 501 (c)(4) organizations known to support charters, vouchers and “education reform” who gave to the candidate as well as the amount.

Charter Grade Explanation

Candidates often hide behind language such as “I support public charter schools only” or “charter schools must be accountable”, in an attempt to obfuscate their position. We dig deeper and consider factors such as their position on the NAACP moratorium, whether they support charter caps, have they been endorsed by pro-charter organizations and other factors that you can read about here. 

Voucher Grade Explanation

Taxpayer money goes to private and religious schools via voucher payments or voucher workarounds often disguised  as “scholarships” or “savings accounts.”  This rating measures the extent to which the candidate has promoted vouchers either my their support for voucher programs at the state or federal level, their public statements regarding vouchers or voucher workarounds or their affiliation with groups that support vouchers. 

Testing Grade Explanation

When tests are used to close or punish schools, retain students or evaluate teachers they become high-stakes tests. We rate candidates on their embrace of using tests for high-stakes purposes (often called accountability) by examining their votes and public statements. 

Affiliations Grade Explanation

The company a candidate keeps matter. To derive our ratings which looked at factors such as who is on the candidate’s staff, their endorsements, whether they addressed groups that support privatization, and the boards on which they have served.

Sources

Senator Amy Klobuchar spoke at the 2016 AFT Convention.

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Donor Grade Explanation

Large donors give to candidates who support their point of view. Such donors receive special access to the candidate should they be elected. This rating measures the extent to which candidates have received large donations from so-called education reform supporters, PACs and 501 (c)(4) organizations.  We considered both the number of mega-donors, PACs and 501 (c)(4) organizations known to support charters, vouchers and “education reform” who gave to the candidate as well as the amount.

Charter Grade Explanation

Candidates often hide behind language such as “I support public charter schools only” or “charter schools must be accountable”, in an attempt to obfuscate their position. We dig deeper and consider factors such as their position on the NAACP moratorium, whether they support charter caps, have they been endorsed by pro-charter organizations and other factors that you can read about here. 

Voucher Grade Explanation

Taxpayer money goes to private and religious schools via voucher payments or voucher workarounds often disguised  as “scholarships” or “savings accounts.”  This rating measures the extent to which the candidate has promoted vouchers either my their support for voucher programs at the state or federal level, their public statements regarding vouchers or voucher workarounds or their affiliation with groups that support vouchers. 

Testing Grade Explanation

When tests are used to close or punish schools, retain students or evaluate teachers they become high-stakes tests. We rate candidates on their embrace of using tests for high-stakes purposes (often called accountability) by examining their votes and public statements. 

Affiliations Grade Explanation

The company a candidate keeps matter. To derive our ratings which looked at factors such as who is on the candidate’s staff, their endorsements, whether they addressed groups that support privatization, and the boards on which they have served.

Sources

In a campaign ad for his Senate run, O’Rourke said teachers should “teach to the child and not to the test.”

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Donor Grade Explanation

Large donors give to candidates who support their point of view. Such donors receive special access to the candidate should they be elected. This rating measures the extent to which candidates have received large donations from so-called education reform supporters, PACs and 501 (c)(4) organizations.  We considered both the number of mega-donors, PACs and 501 (c)(4) organizations known to support charters, vouchers and “education reform” who gave to the candidate as well as the amount.

Charter Grade Explanation

Candidates often hide behind language such as “I support public charter schools only” or “charter schools must be accountable”, in an attempt to obfuscate their position. We dig deeper and consider factors such as their position on the NAACP moratorium, whether they support charter caps, have they been endorsed by pro-charter organizations and other factors that you can read about here. 

Voucher Grade Explanation

Taxpayer money goes to private and religious schools via voucher payments or voucher workarounds often disguised  as “scholarships” or “savings accounts.”  This rating measures the extent to which the candidate has promoted vouchers either my their support for voucher programs at the state or federal level, their public statements regarding vouchers or voucher workarounds or their affiliation with groups that support vouchers. 

Testing Grade Explanation

When tests are used to close or punish schools, retain students or evaluate teachers they become high-stakes tests. We rate candidates on their embrace of using tests for high-stakes purposes (often called accountability) by examining their votes and public statements. 

Affiliations Grade Explanation

The company a candidate keeps matter. To derive our ratings which looked at factors such as who is on the candidate’s staff, their endorsements, whether they addressed groups that support privatization, and the boards on which they have served.

Sources

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Donor Grade Explanation

Large donors give to candidates who support their point of view. Such donors receive special access to the candidate should they be elected. This rating measures the extent to which candidates have received large donations from so-called education reform supporters, PACs and 501 (c)(4) organizations.  We considered both the number of mega-donors, PACs and 501 (c)(4) organizations known to support charters, vouchers and “education reform” who gave to the candidate as well as the amount.

Charter Grade Explanation

Candidates often hide behind language such as “I support public charter schools only” or “charter schools must be accountable”, in an attempt to obfuscate their position. We dig deeper and consider factors such as their position on the NAACP moratorium, whether they support charter caps, have they been endorsed by pro-charter organizations and other factors that you can read about here. 

Voucher Grade Explanation

Taxpayer money goes to private and religious schools via voucher payments or voucher workarounds often disguised  as “scholarships” or “savings accounts.”  This rating measures the extent to which the candidate has promoted vouchers either my their support for voucher programs at the state or federal level, their public statements regarding vouchers or voucher workarounds or their affiliation with groups that support vouchers. 

Testing Grade Explanation

When tests are used to close or punish schools, retain students or evaluate teachers they become high-stakes tests. We rate candidates on their embrace of using tests for high-stakes purposes (often called accountability) by examining their votes and public statements. 

Affiliations Grade Explanation

The company a candidate keeps matter. To derive our ratings which looked at factors such as who is on the candidate’s staff, their endorsements, whether they addressed groups that support privatization, and the boards on which they have served.

Sources

Senator Elizabeth Warren gave a floor speech on the reauthorization of the Every Student Succeeds Act.

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