Christine O'Donnell - Chris Coons debate: O'Donnell supports vouchers and talking to teachers, not unions
O'Donnell on education: "We have a broken system, an extremely high dropout rate. Throwing more money at it is not gonna work. We need to sit down and have discussions with the teachers, not the unions."
Moderator Wolf Blitzer: Do you support killing the Department of Education?
No, said O'Donnell. "We don't need to go that far, but we need to make sure the money we are putting into education goes to classrooms. ... Every time there is a problem, we throw more money at it to appease the special-interest groups."
She reiterates that "we need to empower teachers" but, she adds, "we need to empower the parents." She supports charter schools and student vouchers, which, she said, "give parents, regardless of income or status, the chance for students to have a shot at a good education."
-- Robin Abcarian