Gary Johnson and Libertarian Education Reform

Former two term New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson is the 2012 Presidential candidate for the Libertarian party.

Gary Johnson, 2012 Presidential Candidate

Johnson, who has been referred to as the ‘most fiscally conservative Governor’ in the country, was the Republican Governor of New Mexico from 1995-2003. Governor Johnson brings a distinctly business-like mentality to governing, believing that decisions should be made based on cost-benefit analysis rather than strict ideology.

Gary Johnson has been an outspoken advocate for efficient government, balanced budgets, rational drug policy reform, protection of civil liberties, comprehensive tax reform, and personal freedom. As Governor of New Mexico, Johnson was known for his common sense business approach to governing. He eliminated New Mexico’s budget deficit, cut the rate of growth in state government in half, and privatized half of the state prisons.

This interview was recorded in July, 2012.

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  1. What does “choice” mean if a school that receives vouchers or is a charter is under the same common core mandates as a traditional public school? Why does this type of “choice” make a “better” education? It’s the same standards, assessments and curriculum.

    THAT’S not genuine free market principles. It’s not true educational entrepreneurs running these schools AS IT STRUCTURED PRESENTLY. These charters are using taxpayer money with little risk. So the school closes? So what? There is no downside to the operators…they’ve used taxpayer dollars for these “entrepreneurial” endeavors.

    IF the DOEd could be abolished or limited severely in its authority and mandate making abilities, that’s a different story. He’s on track there for the states to be making the educational decisions, not the Federal Government. But talking “choice” while under common core standards is no “choice”. It’s not a different education, it’s just different teachers/administrators delivering the same common education.

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  2. The proverbial 16 cents worth of federal mandates are more than likely in the area of special education. The points made by the govonor are pulled from a stock list of trite and quite facile arguments made by libertarians. The real issue here is that teaching special needs children is very expensive. What would he propose to solve this problem. You cannot privatize away the fact that charters are cost effective and sometimes effective simply because they do not teach masses of handicapped children like public schools have to…

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  3. Who do you want to be your president?

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