Words: Huckabee feels “character education” should be included in school curricula. He advocates tax-credit programs for Christian schooling and supports prayer in schools. He argues that school boards should be replaced in failing schools and that there should be equal funds for abstinence programs as for contraceptive education.
Actions: As governor, Huckabee helped reform education through Smart Start. Smart Step, and Next Step, programs that funded “character education”, set standards, and measured progress in Arizona schools.
Update: Gov. Huckabee’s earlier statements on this issue still reflect his views. No controversies have arisen with regards to his position.