Gary Johnson On Education: 5 Things The Presidential Prospect Desires You to Know


Former Republican Governor of New Mexico Gary Johnson, a veteran supporter of school choice, got the Libertarian Party election for president on Sunday at the party s convention in Orlando. He was the party s candidate in 2012, when he got 1% of the overall vote.

After raising education spending dramatically in his first term as governor didn’t bring the desired boost in test scores, Johnson battled to bring coupons to students throughout the state. He says that with a Democratic legislature the initiative was futile, however he still wanted to compel the concern and make the teachers union defend a plainly failing status quo, according to his campaign site. He has also come out against Common Core curriculum requirements and other federal requirements put on local schools.

Here are a few of his views on education:

Department of Education:

Individuals weren’trealizing that the federal Department of Education gives each state 11 cents out of every school dollar that every state spends. Great example right now is these transgender restrooms that schools are now being dictated to provide by the federal government. Individuals also think the Department of Education was established under George Washington when it reality the federal Department of Education was developed under Jimmy Carter.

Consider any profession in this nation where the leading individual in that profession doesn’t make 30 million bucks a year except for education because we weren’thaving a system that definitely rewards the best. If you had full-blown competition when it pertained to education you’d have educators making $30 million a year because exactly what they would do is they’d be putting down design templates that would positively affect all instructional earners.

Everything else is our lives is competitive and as an outcome of it being competitive things are much better and much better and much better. But why can’t we apply that to schools?

Adam Carolla radio show, May 2016


This is action that belongs in the states 50 laboratories of development and best practice. And think exactly what? You’d have innovation. You’d have finest practice. I’m going to say that those states that truly produce this competitor to public education will reveal actually fantastic results that’ll get replicated.

Those states that want to stay with the existing model they’re going to continue to show horrible results.

Adam Carolla radio show, May 2016

Initial Voucher Plan:

Basically, the idea is to provide every single student in New Mexico a school voucher, so you’re looking at approximately 330,000 children in New Mexico who would get a coupon. Students who already are in private schools would get a voucher simply the exact same as students in public schools.

The value of the coupon would be tied to the student equalization moneying formula, which means that the value of the coupon is going to be somewhere in the area of $4,000. Now, the amount of money that we actually spend on a student for a public education in New Mexico is about $6,000, and that also is tied to the funding formula, which is various from one school district to another.

One of the big criticisms of vouchers is that they’re going to take money far from public education. Under my proposal and I’ll use this as the severe example if every child in Santa Fe were to take their school voucher and pull out of Santa Fe public schools, the Santa Fe public schools would be entrusted about 35% of their budget and no students. It’s just not going to happen, but it illustrates the point that as money for coupons flows from the general public schools, we really raise the amount of money readily available for each student staying in the general public schools. That’s because the general public schools get $6,000 a student and we’re giving a $4,000 coupon to those who choose outside the general public school system.

The momentum is plainly in the instructions of individuals stating, you know exactly what? We’ve got to give vouchers an opportunity. There is something to this. This makes sense. It has become a campaign issue because people acknowledge it’s a no-lose proposition: The voucher is redeemable at public schools, so what is there to lose? Aside from some truly bad schools that won’t be in presence any longer.

The point being: Those schools weren’t any good, and they’ve failed which is something we weren’t get in the public sector, ever. We never ever see public schools fail because there’s no system for them to fail.

Interview with George A. Clowes of the Heartland Institute, October 2000

Personal Education Background:

Johnson, 63, was born in Minot, N.D., where his mother worked for the Bureau of Indian Affairs and his daddy was a public school teacher. He married his college sweetie, Denise Dee Simms, and together they constructed one of the state’s most successful construction companies, Big J Enterprises, and had two children, Seah and Erik, who went to public schools.

Johnson lives in a home he built in Taos and is engaged to Kate Prusack. He is the author of the 2012 book Seven Principles of Good Government: Liberty, People and Politics. In his book he says he made adequate money on the sale of his building and construction company in 1999 that I wouldn’t have to work ever once again.