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John Engler Quotes

All 50 states had the same national economy. And on virtually any measurement you wish to look at, Michigan has moved up and improved against the others.

And there should not be a limit on the creation of new public schools. We ought to expand choices for parents.

As governor, I learned the importance of having an agenda.

As you look around the country there are still a significant number of states where their whole school debate is over school funding and we've been focused on the quality debate for most of the '90s.

Believe me, I'm not going to try to get into testing.

Despite these hurdles, manufacturers in the U.S. and their employees are doing remarkable work.

Given the professionalism of Michigan teachers, I think they're not teaching because of the financial rewards.

I care about the children of Detroit.

I created no authority that wasn't already there under the constitution.

I don't put labels on myself.

I expect my next job to be outside government.

I had made a decision early on that we were going to do the right things and that if they worked we were going to be very successful. And if for some reason they didn't, all the claims and the protestations and the excuses wouldn't make any difference.

I have an old saying that the harder I work, the luckier I get.

I just have a position that any child that's in a failing school should be able to get out, or be in a position to have that school fixed.

I kept telling everyone I wasn't going to Washington to stay. I go to visit.

I think we've got outstanding teaching in Michigan classrooms.

I wish we could have acted quicker on Detroit or other failing schools.

I'm a compassionate conservative.

I'm very pleased with the job President Bush is doing and he's off to a terrific start.

I've been in the legislative branch and now the executive branch and in each case I felt it was important we use our constitutional responsibilities to the fullest.