Martha McSally believes that
the federal government should have limited involvement
in public education. However, she supports
diverting government funds towards education vouchers for private schools. In 2015, McSally voted for the "Every Student Succeeds Act
" which replaced "No Child Left Behind," reducing the federal government's influence on school standards. McSally also backed the budget proposed by then Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, that would have removed $3 billion
in public education funding.
Mark Kelly believes that the federal government should provide support for public education.
In a tweet from 2019
, Kelly stated that we should increase teacher's salaries and provide more resources for schools to better serve students. In an interview in August
he said, "I often worry here in the state of Arizona, when you consider per-pupil spending, we're very low, and teacher salaries are very low. So, we're not investing in the future of our state." Education is a primary issue on his campaign website
, where he stands with the recent Arizona teacher's push for better funding through the Red for Education movement. He also believes that we should emphasize STEM education and advanced placement courses.
that there are many careers available for people as long as they have the opportunity for education beyond high school. He would like to focus on investing in post-secondary education such as apprenticeships, career training, and professional certification. Kelly would make this more affordable by increasing Pell Grant awards and lowering federal interest rates so that education is more accessible.
Re-Opening of Schools
McSally has supported the reopening of Arizona public schools, but believes that it is not a "one-size fits all
." She also support Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell's refusal to pass the HEROES act, which would have provided $100 billion specifically for K-12 and higher education
along with $915 billion in state and local aid to address budget gaps that could be used to help public schools and college campuses.