State of Virginia secondary Archives: on Education


Frank Wagner: Support rights of parents who choose to homeschool

Frank supports the right of parents and students to determine their future by taking college-bound coursework or pursuing apprentice programs in technical programs. Frank will support the rights of parents who choose to homeschool. And Frank supports freezing tuition at all Virginia public colleges and universities by providing additional state financial aid.
Source: 2017 VA Gubernatorial campaign website WagnerVaGovernor.com Jan 17, 2017

Tom Garrett: Supports school choice: public, private, or home school

Our federal education department has done more to get in the way of good education in this country than any other entity. From 'No Child Left Behind' policies, to forcing the adoption of Common Core standards and other improper anti-conservative initiatives on our children, the Department of Education has had a disastrous impact on education in this country.

The father of two, Tom stands wants to provide the best possible education for our children, be it in public, private, or home school. That's why Tom supports school choice, and why he thinks parents should have the final say in how their children are educated, not Richmond or Washington.

The Department of Education has presided over the long slow decline of our education system. Our children deserve better than to have edu-crats in D.C. micromanaging every aspect of their education. Tom will support efforts to reduce, roll-back, or eliminate the Department of Education and its onerous demands.

Source: 2016 VA House campaign website TomGarrettForCongress.com Nov 8, 2016

Tom Garrett: Student Security: $7000 in loans, deferring Social Security

Student Security is a revolutionary proposal by Tom Garrett to alleviate both the Student Debt Crisis and the impending insolvency of Social Security.

In short, the proposal allows for individuals who currently hold student loan debt to have $5-7,000 of that debt forgiven for every year that that student agrees to defer Social Security disbursements.

With the student debt burden in this nation approaching $1.5 Trillion dollars, if implemented properly, this program will immediately make Social Security solvent again. In addition, younger people will immediately have more capital to invest in homes, cars, and starting families which will be a tremendous boost to the economy.

Tom Garrett is adamant about not breaking promises already made, but instead changing future ones. This proposal will allow individuals to make a choice about what is best for themselves and their own financial future.

Source: 2016 VA House campaign website TomGarrettForCongress.com Nov 8, 2016

Dave Brat: Oppose top down approaches such as Common Core

As an economist and educator for eighteen years, I understand the value of a good education. This is why I oppose top down approaches by the Federal Government such as Common Core and No Child Left Behind. I will support efforts to place Virginia's teachers, parents, and local officials, who best understand the needs of the community, in control of our education system.
Source: 2014 VA -7 House campaign website, DaveBratForCongress.com Jun 15, 2014

George Allen: Froze college tuition while governor

Allen spent most of his time criticizing Kaine for supporting increased spending and chastised him for serving as chairman of the Democratic National Committee. He told the audience that while he froze college tuition as the state's chief executive, Kaine increased it by 33 percent. But Allen did take a moment to defend himself [from attacks as a big spender], saying he supported a balanced-budget amendment and a line-item veto.
Source: Washington Post on 2012 VA Senate debate May 11, 2012

Ralph Northam: Historically strong commitment to public education

Because of our historically strong commitment to elementary and secondary education, and recent investments in our community colleges and universities, Virginia has repeatedly been named the best state for a lifetime of learning. Unfortunately, the recent nationwide financial crisis has left less in our state budget for our schools.

I believe strongly that our children are our future, and that all of them deserve a world-class education. In order to ensure that they are prepared to take on the jobs of tomorrow, and to compete in a global economy, we must restore and increase funding for K-12 education, including teacher salaries.

We must also continue to develop a strong workforce in Virginia by supporting career and technical education at our outstanding community colleges, and take advantage of the economic development potential of innovation at our research universities.

Source: 2016-17 VA gubernatorial campaign website SenatorNortham.com Nov 1, 2011

Bob McDonnell: Supports charter schools

On transportation, Deeds said he would bring lawmakers together during his first year to come up with a solution and criticized McDonnell's plan for diverting money from schools, something Deeds said he would not do.

In a debate that touched on taxes, gun control, abortion, education and same-sex marriage, it was McDonnell who praised Obama and Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D), commending the former for championing charter schools and the latter for his handling of the 2007 shootings at Virginia Tech.

Source: Washington Post coverage: 2009 VA gubernatorial debate Jul 25, 2009

Creigh Deeds: Don't divert money from schools, even in recession

On transportation, Deeds said he would bring lawmakers together during his first year to come up with a solution and criticized McDonnell's plan for diverting money from schools, something Deeds said he would not do.

In a debate that touched on taxes, gun control, abortion, education and same-sex marriage, it was McDonnell who praised Obama and Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D), commending the former for championing charter schools and the latter for his handling of the 2007 shootings at Virginia Tech.

Source: Washington Post coverage: 2009 VA gubernatorial debate Jul 25, 2009

Tom Perriello: Ensure that all our children receive a quality education

There is no higher calling for government than to help its people reach their God-given potential, and there are few better ways to do that than to ensure that all our children receive a quality education. We must support our local teachers and help recruit and retain new ones. We must develop better ways of evaluating our schools to encourage a focus on knowledge and learning. Educational opportunities must begin earlier and continue later in life by prioritizing a pre-K year, affordable and accessible college education and vocational training, and the lifelong skills training required to ensure American workers remain competitive in the global economy
Source: 2008 VA House campaign website PerrielloForCongress.com Nov 1, 2008

Jim Gilmore: No Child Left Behind Act isn't working

Q: What is the federal government's role in education?

Gilmore: While I was governor, the General Assembly voted for my efforts to hire 4,000 new teachers so we could get our education resources into the classroom where they could make a difference for our children. Today, as a result of that effort the pupil teacher ratio in Virginia is the third best in the nation. I also worked to implement the Standards of Learning, mandated that state lottery proceeds be used for education and helped Virginia's college students by cutting the cost of college tuition by 20 percent. As for changes, I do not believe the "No Child Left Behind Act" is working and I believe we need to return those responsibilities to the states.

Warner: The federal role in public education should be to provide the right incentives for underperforming schools. While I agree with the goals of No Child Left Behind, I think the policy has been poorly implemented.

Source: 2008 VA Senate debate reported in The Virginian-Pilot Oct 17, 2008

Mark Warner: No Child Left Behind Act isn't working

Q: What is the federal government's role in education?

Warner: The federal role in public education should be to provide the right incentives for underperforming schools and to work with states and localities to make sure we have an educated and competitive workforce. While I agree with the goals of No Child Left Behind, I think the policy has been poorly implemented. As governor, I was proud that we made the largest investment in public education in Virginia history. Over the course of my administration, the percentage of fully accredited public schools increased from 40 percent to 92 percent. Virginia students posted the highest math SAT score increase in the nation, and Virginia was recognized as a leader in areas ranging from high school reform to school efficiency.

Gilmore: I do not believe the "No Child Left Behind Act" is working and I believe we need to return those responsibilities to the states.

Source: 2008 VA Senate debate reported in The Virginian-Pilot Oct 17, 2008

Jim Gilmore: Claims Warner said home-schooling threatens America

Gilmore accused Warner of describing the Christian Coalition, the National Rifle Association, home-schoolers and antiabortion activists as “threatening to what it means to be a American” during a 1994 speech to the National Jewish Democratic Council.

Warner, who was executive director of the Virginia Democratic Party when those comments were allegedly made, responded by noting that his sister home-schools her children and that he has long had a reputation for being a supporter of gun rights.

Source: [Xref Warner] 2008 VA Senate debate Sep 2, 2008

Mark Warner: Home-schooling is ok; my sister home-schools her kids

Gilmore accused Warner of describing the Christian Coalition, the National Rifle Association, home-schoolers and antiabortion activists as “threatening to what it means to be a American” during a 1994 speech to the National Jewish Democratic Council.

Warner, who was executive director of the Virginia Democratic Party when those comments were allegedly made, responded by noting that his sister home-schools her children and that he has long had a reputation for being a supporter of gun rights.

Source: 2008 VA Senate debate reported in Washington Post Sep 2, 2008

Jim Gilmore: College scholarships for every qualified needy student

    I believe every high school graduate who wants the opportunity to earn a college education should be able to afford that opportunity. Two years ago, we provided our colleges and universities with an additional $75 million to cut tuition by 20% and then freeze it at that level. We’re already seeing results. But we must work to make a college education even more affordable.
  1. I propose beginning to meet 100% of the true financial need of every college student. This will ensure that even our neediest students have the opportunity to earn a college degree.
  2. I propose a merit-based New Century Scholarship. Beginning with the graduating class of 2004, this program will provide a $3,000 scholarship to the top 20 students in each class and a $500 scholarship to each student for an advanced score on an end-of-course test. New Century Scholarships will give the children of working parents-a part of our society that is too often forgotten-an incentive and opportunity to succeed.
Source: 2001 State of the State Address to VA General Assembly Jan 10, 2001

Jim Gilmore: Expand Algebra Readiness Initiative; hire more teachers

Developing basic math skills is a core component of academic success. The Algebra Readiness Initiative is designed to ensure that every student is skilled in math by the end of ninth grade. I propose expanding this initiative by hiring 100 new teachers to provide our students with more help in math. With these teachers, we will keep my promise to hire 4,000 new teachers before the end of this Administration.
Source: 2001 State of the State Address to VA General Assembly Jan 10, 2001

Jim Gilmore: Raise teacher pay with local funds

The remarkable growth and success of the Virginia Retirement System has reduced contribution rates and created a windfall for local governments. Over the next two years, school divisions will save nearly $100 million in payments to the System. This is extra money available at the local level. I encourage local governments to use this money to raise the pay of our teachers.
Source: 2001 State of the State Address to VA General Assembly Jan 10, 2001

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