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Christian News Service: Palin opposes school choice vouchers, opposes changing Alaska Constitution, wants more money for teachers, hailed by National Education Association

In 2008, the National Education Association praised Senator John McCain’s choice of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin to be his running mate, largely because she opposed school vouchers when she ran for office. governorship two years earlier, and she supported increased funding for public schools.

Senator John McCain supported the school voucher; this was one of the areas where the two running mates disagreed on political issues. That year, the mainstream media focused on the campaign tension over Palin’s wardrobe costs; some $150,000 in fashion purchases for Palin were billed to the Republican National Committee during the months she was running for vice president on the Republican ticket.

“The 3.2 million members of the National Education Association are pleasantly surprised by Senator John McCain’s selection of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin to join his ticket as the Republican vice-presidential nominee,” said the union said in a press release on Aug. 29, 2008, the day McCain announced that Palin would be his running mate.

The shocking news was reported at the time not only by Christian News Service, but the centre-right washington timecenter left Education Weekand others, like New Jersey Star Ledger, where a Tory columnist said her statements about the need to invest more in schools and pay teachers more were “heresy for Tories”.

“While in only her second year as Governor of Alaska, she has thus far been a proponent of children and public education,” the NEA said in its statement. communicated.

“In less than two years as the state’s chief executive, she has been able to increase education spending per student and she opposes sending public funds to support private schools through political agendas. such as the good ones,” the NEA continued. The statement has since been deleted from the NEA’s website, but can be found widely online.

Palin is now a congressional candidate to fill the vacant congressional seat resulting from the death of Congressman Don Young.

When Palin ran for governor in 2006, she discussed education issues, including vouchers, with the Alaska chapter of the NEA, who asked Palin if she supported the use of vouchers, tax credits, or other programs that provide public funds to students to attend private or private schools. religious schools.

Palin said the vouchers were unconstitutional.

“No,” Palin said. “It’s unconstitutional and it’s as simple as that.” In the same interview, she said she would not support changing the Alaska Constitution to allow vouchers so parents can pull their children out of public schools.

Palin told NEA-Alaska that she wanted to give parents as many choices and as many options as possible to educate their children, but “not public funding through vouchers.”

Instead, she stressed the need for vocational training, especially in “resource-rich” Alaska, where so many skills are needed in the trades.

Paul Mulshine, Conservative columnist for the New Jersey Star Ledger, noted that in her interview with NEA-Alaska, “Palin spends the rest of the interview making it clear that she will support union interests rather than taxpayer interests. Palin argued that she supported public schools because that her father was a public school teacher, apparently unaware that it was a conflict of interest.And later in this interview, she goes on to pledge to expand pension funding for civil servants at the expense of taxpayers who may not have a pension themselves.

“Palin sells conservatives by opposing good ones,” Mulshine reported after a 2008 debate between Palin and Joe Biden.

“Say it’s not, Joe, you’re back pointing again,” Palin said of education during the debate. “You preferred all of your commentary to the Bush administration. Now let’s go ahead and look ahead and tell Americans what we need to plan for them in the future. You mentioned education and I’m glad you did. I’m also saying that with education, America needs to put a lot more emphasis on that and our schools need to be really strengthened in terms of the funding that they deserve. Teachers should be paid more.

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