Education and the Presidential Candidates: Marco Rubio

Presidential Primaries are in full swing around the country.  The news and debates have reported some general education ideas and plans from candidates, but it’s all been very piecemeal.  For the next few weeks, we’re digging into what some of the candidates are saying about education and school choice.  We’ll talk about prominent candidates from both parties and give unbiased information and facts from reputable sources.

Final Segment: Republican Candidate, Senator Marco Rubio.

Senator Marco Rubio was born in Miami, Florida to immigrant parents.  He was raised primarily in the Miami area and graduated from the University of Florida then the University of Miami School of Law in 1996.  He quickly became a shining star in Florida politics upon his 2000 election to the Florida House of Representatives.  Rubio served nearly nine years in the Florida House, where he was appointed House Majority Leader and Speaker of the House.  After leaving the Florida legislature, Senator Rubio started his own law firm and became an adjunct professor for Florida International University.  In 2010, Marco Rubio won a seat in the U.S. Senate.

On Rubio’s website, many ideas are laid out regarding families, Common Core, and K-12 education.  As President, Senator Rubio would do away with the U.S. Department of Education.  He is an advocate of keeping education at the state and local level.  “That is where educational policy belongs, because if a parent is unhappy with what their child is being taught in school, they can go to that local school board or their state legislature, or their governor and get it changed.”  Rubio is a fan of high standards, but not of Common Core.  “Here's the problem with Common Core. The Department of Education, like every federal agency, will never be satisfied. They will not stop with it being a suggestion. They will turn it into a mandate. They will use Common Core or any other requirements that exists nationally to force it down the throats of our people in our states.”  (Fox News debate transcript, August, 2015).

Senator Rubio is very much pro school choice.   “A quality education is more important than ever, because the jobs of tomorrow will require more education and skills than ever. We need to allow charter schools and other innovative schools to flourish, and the key to that is empowering parents. Parents should be the ultimate decision makers on where their children go to school. Promoting school choice will provide opportunity to poorer communities, help special needs children, and raise quality across the system.” (  He has helped implementFlorida’s relatively successful school choice movement, which “has enabled Florida to have great achievement gains for its lower-income and minority children over the last decade.”  (

Good information on Senator Rubio can be found on his website:  Education Week also offered a detailed article of 5 facts to know about the Senator that was helpful in putting this post together.

The Ohio eSchool Coalition is not affiliated with a specific political party, nor are we endorsing a particular candidate.  We encourage you to vote this coming Tuesday, March 15.