Oct 25, 2008

Dan Seals on Education

What He Says

"Now the majority of education funding does come at the local level from your state and obviously from your property taxes but there are some things that the federal government can do." -- Dan Seals, Waukegan Forum, January 26, 2008

His Record

On No Child Left Behind:

"I would be closer to, something like you said, scrapping it completely." (Dan Seals, Arlington Heights Forum, January 12, 2008) While most educators agree that NCLB needs reform, most common-sense educators agree that the underlying goals of NCLB remain essential and the base legislation is the right direction. Seals call to "scrap it completely" represents a radical view that is out of step with mainstream educators.

"As a member of Congress, I would ensure that NCLB is "Fair, Flexible, and Funded" in the words of Education and Labor Committee Chairman George Miller." (Dan Seals, Campaign Website) As of today, Chairman George Miller remains the single greatest opponent to reforming No Child Left Behind. He refuses to consider any NCLB reform legislation. If Dan Seals considers Chairman Miller his role model for NCLB reform, then Dan Seals does not support serious corrective legislation for NCLB.

Turning the Suburbs into Chicago:

On August 18, 2006, Dan Seals sent the following message to supporters: "Dan will meet with Arne Duncan, the head of Chicago Public Schools tomorrow, for a policy discussion on education and related issues. Through this meeting Dan hopes to gain a better understanding of the needs of our public school system. By doing this, Dan will be better able to address the educational needs of the 10th District in Congress." Do you want a congressman who wants to turn 10th District schools into the Chicago Public School system?

Regarding Online Sexual Predators:

During his 2006 failed run for Congress, Dan Seals posted an article on his campaign Web site calling the Deleting Online Predators Act "the wrong approach." The bill would help protect kids from dangerous online sexual predators while at school or the library. The legislation, endorsed by the Center for Missing and Exploited Children, passed the House 400-15. Dan Seals sided with a radical minority.

Dan Seals is NOT endorsed by the National Education Association.