Mike McFadden on Education



Repeal federal Common Core education standards

McFadden focused his [GOP Convention] speech on the economy and education policy, rarely throwing out the kind of conservative red meat rhetoric that earns cheers. "The single biggest issue in this country today is we have created a class of politicians, and the Republicans are just as bad as the Democrats," he said.

He called for the repeal of the federal Common Core education standards for states and bashed so-called ObamaCare, but didn't call for a full-on repeal of the healthcare program.

Source: Minneapolis Post on 2014 Minnesota Senate race , May 31, 2014

Active for 4 years with Jesuit high school

If there's one other thing you should know about me, it's that I am passionate about educating our youth. For the past four years, I have been active with the Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Minneapolis' Phillips neighborhood. Cristo Rey's mission is to educate children from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. The typical student entering Cristo Rey tests one to two grades behind their grade level, but this year 100% of our graduates were accepted into college. This has given me insight into both the struggles and hardships that many Minnesotans face and concrete ways to build a path to a better life. As Senator, I hope to spark a serious policy debate about our nation's education system and how we, as a nation, can and must do better.
Source: 2014 Senate campaign website, mikemcfadden.com, "About" , Dec 17, 2013

Measure more; dictate reading lists less

Q: What committee assignments would you want?

A: One assignment I clearly want is a seat on the Education Committee. I've been very involved with inner-city education. What that's allowed me to see is, we can do better. We can achieve better results with a little bit more focus. I compare our results to similar results in the inner-city high schools, then I look at how much money we've spent on those schools. So, I want to focus on allocating our dollars to areas that work. I want to measure and do better in education. We have to do it; the status quo is not an option.

Q: What about "No Child Left Behind"?

Q: I don't believe the federal government should be dictating what second graders should be reading. I'd like to see some changes in simple things, such as, there is a program in Minnesota called "Minnesota Reading Corps." Their philosophy is, first you learn to read, then you read to learn. It's really simple: By third grade, you need to learn to read at a third-grade level.

Source: Minneapolis Post on 2014 Minnesota Senate race , Jul 15, 2013

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