The Higher Ground Moral Declaration

ON Education

Moral and Constitutional Foundation

Ecclesiastes 7:12 For the protection of wisdom is like the protection of money, and the advantage of knowledge is that wisdom preserves the life of him who has it.

Preamble of the Constitution of the United States. We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

Questions for Candidates

Public money to pay for private schools, including voucher or tax credit programs, drain much needed resources from public education.  Do you support quality, well-funded public education? Do you support the protection and improvement of public schools rather than the unlimited replacement of traditional public schools with charter schools?

Early education programs like Head Start have played a key role in educating our youngest members of society and connecting poor and vulnerable families to needed services and resources. Do you support full funding and support for Head Start and other early education programs?

Historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) continue to educate an extraordinary number of African American professionals and intellectuals; yet they continue to endure resource deprivation that threatens their ability to continue this extraordinary work.  Moreover, HBCUs are threatened with closure and the consequences of the corporatization of higher education.  Do you support more targeted resources to support HBCUs?

Higher education is increasingly important in an ever changing economy. As costs continue to soar, more and more students are burdened with excessive student loans and debt. Do you support programs to help all students regardless of financial need, race/ethnicity, immigration status access quality higher education? Do you support programs that forgive loans and eliminate student debt?

We believe education is a moral issue. Do you? If not, please explain why.