State of Connecticut Archives: on Education
More K-12 parental involvement and choice
Connecticut's K-12 education system suffers from the largest achievement gaps in the country; they must be addressed. This should include promoting more parental involvement and choice, constructive competition, the adoption of proven best
practices, and increased time in and resources allocated to classroom related matters. Connecticut also needs to modernize the current state education funding formula and ensure that is adequately funded.
Source: 2014 CT Lt. Gubernatorial campaign website, WalkerForCT.com
Jul 2, 2014
Hold colleges accountable for rising tuition
On education, both candidates agreed Congress should fight to keep interest rates on student loans from rising and protect the federally funded Pell Grant system.
Both also advocated for holding colleges accountable for rising tuition, through laws that would limit federal funding for universities that do not limit tuition increases.
Source: Easton Daily Voice on 2012 CT Senate debate
May 24, 2012
Tie federal aid to schools' efforts to control tuition costs
The event began with a question about how to control the rise of student debt. Murphy said he is working to convince Congress to prevent a July 1 interest rate hike from 3.4% to 6.8% on Stafford loans for low- and middle-income students.
Bysiewicz and Tong suggested tying federal aid to schools' efforts to control tuition costs. As a mother with two daughters in college and one son heading there, Bysiewicz said she is keenly aware of the issue.
Source: Westport News coverage of 2012 CT Senate debates
Apr 10, 2012
Keep student loan rates at 3.4% instead of 6%
Murphy said he supported extending the current 3.4% interest rate on student loans that was set to expire at the end of the year if Congress does not take action. He said if the rates were not extended, college students would see interest rates on loans
increase to more than 6%, which would severely hinder many students and families ability to afford a college education. "That could be $5,000 or more out of the pocket of the average student here at UConn," Murphy said of the new interest rates.
Source: East Haven Patch on 2012 CT Senate debates
Apr 9, 2012
Supports Head Start & early childhood education
Indicate which principles you support regarding education.
Source: 2006 CT Gubernatorial National Political Awareness Test
Nov 7, 2006
- Support national standards and testing of public school students.
- Increase state funds for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings and infrastructure).
Increase funding for Head Start programs.
- Rell adds, “I strongly support increased early childhood education access.”