State of Arkansas Archives: on Education
ArFuture Grants: pay tuition & stay in state for 3 years
It is essential that we, as a state, give every high school student a simple promise: If you pursue a high need job skill or degree, then we will assure you that all your tuition and mandatory fees will be paid through a two-year college
program or technical school.
It is a simple promise with a big return for our state and the next generation. It is called ArFuture Grants and it will require a mentoring program for the student.
It will require working in the state for three years after college. But it will be created with existing program funds and used in combination with other education funds that are already available.
Because of ArFutures, it will be not only possible, but practical, for a student to get two-year degree or certificate without any student debt.
Source: 2017 Arkansas State of the State address
Jan 10, 2017
Opposes mandatory reforms for competitive federal grants
Q: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants?
Source: Vote Smart Arkansas 2016 Political Courage Test
Sep 1, 2016
I attended public schools and I will prioritize education
Former prosecutor and U.S. Attorney Conner Eldridge launched his campaign for the U.S. Senate Saturday at his family business in Augusta. Job creation, education, and national debt are just a few of the issues
Eldridge said he will prioritize as senator. `These problems have real consequences that I've seen growing up here in Augusta, attending the public school just down the road, working on the farm in
Lonoke, working with businesses to invest in growing the local economies of Arkadelphia and communities across the southwest and central areas of the state and for the past four and a half years, working with law enforcement
and leaders across the state to make Arkansas a safer place to live,` Eldridge said. Eldridge grew up in Augusta and Lonoke and earned his law degree from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.
Source: WMC Action News 5 on 2016 Arkansas Senate race
Oct 19, 2015
Post the Ten Commandments in public school buildings
Question topic: Efforts to bring Islamic law (shariah) to America do not pose a threat to our country and its Constitution.
Hutchinson: Strongly Disagree.
Question topic: Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which permitted our system of limited government.
Hutchinson: Strongly Agree.
Question topic: The Ten Commandments should not be displayed in public school buildings.
Hutchinson: Strongly Disagree.
Question topic: Religious freedom is our most foundational freedom and deserves added protection in our state and federal constitutions.
Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2013 Arkansas Governor campaign
Sep 28, 2014
AdWatch: Unwavering commitment to our children and schools
Ross' first TV ad in the Governor's race is a 30-second commercial featuring Gov. Mike Beebe (D), who declares: "We need a governor and proven leader middle-class families can count on--that's Mike Ross. Mike Ross has the common sense leadership style
that will make our economy work for everyone. His commitment to our children and schools is unwavering. And no one is more independent than Mike. So please join me in supporting Mike Ross for Governor."
Ross provided this statement regarding the ad:
"Arkansas has made tremendous progress under Governor Beebe--which is why he continues to be the most popular governor in America," said Ross. "I am very proud to have Gov. Beebe's support for our campaign focused on Arkansas's future. I want to build
on the foundations Gov. Beebe has laid in the areas of education, job creation, tax relief and fiscal responsibility, and I want to use my experience of bringing people together to unite this state and make Arkansas an even better place to call home."
Source: Arkansas Matters AdWatch on 2014 Arkansas gubernatorial race
Jan 5, 2014
Teach science and math using new, national methods
We have a new statewide initiative called STEM Works that will change the way we teach science, technology, engineering and math in Arkansas's schools. The goal is make Arkansas more competitive for high-wage jobs in a global economy.
Many children are familiar with computers before they even begin school, but we teach using the same methods we have used for centuries. STEM Works will use new methods already producing results in classrooms across the country and around the world.
Source: Arkansas 2011 gubernatorial press release #3038
Aug 18, 2011
Supports charter schools; opposes Common Core
Q: Do you support national education standards?
Q: Do you support requiring public schools to administer high school exit exams?
Q: Do you support using a merit pay system for teachers?
Do you support state funding for charter schools?
Q: Do you support the state government providing college students with financial aid?
Q: Should illegal immigrants who graduate from Arkansas high schools be eligible for in-state tuition at public universities?
Westerman adds, "I support national education standards as long as they are the highest of quality and states
have the right to accept or reject the standards. I do not support the current Common Core draft of national education standards which show some merit, but in general, are a watered down, middle of the road attempt at national standards."
Source: Arkansas Congressional 2008 Political Courage Test
Nov 1, 2008
First priority: Raise teacher salaries
Our basic constitutional responsibility is to provide for free, equitable and adequate public education for students through the 12th grade. I would recommend that we set for ourselves the task of raising teacher salaries in this state by $3,000,
recognizing thatís not enough and itís not the finish line but itís a good starting point. If we donít raise those salaries at least by that kind of money, we are going to be further and further behind.
Source: 2001 State of the State address to the Arkansas legislature
Jan 9, 2001