State of Missouri Archives: on Education


John Brunner: Reject federal Common Core standards

Put students first. Missouri students are not common. Therefore, we reject federal Common Core standards! Instead, we will fight for the standard of excellence that Missouri parents expect from our public schools. My Mission:
Source: 2016 Missouri gubernatorial campaign website JohnBrunner.com May 10, 2016

Lester Turilli: Let local school districts responsibly determine curriculum

Q: Your comments on the statement, "Vouchers for school choice"?

A: Standingˇwith teachers in educational advances will improve our schools.ˇConstrictive attitudes toward teacher performance will not improve learning systems and test scores.ˇ Educators should be given consistent expectations of teaching material and insight into assessment testing. Iˇstand behind local school districts responsibly determining the curriculum to be used to educate their students. I support religious freedom and liberty for administrators, teachers, and students. We believe the Bible and Christianity should be an integral part of curriculum development for its literary content, moral compass, and historical contribution to our nation and other world cultures. ˇ"Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it" (Proverbs 22:6).

Source: Email interview on 2016 Missouri candidacy by OnTheIssues Apr 25, 2016

Jay Nixon: Affordable tuition is highest priority

In 2009, too many kids couldn't afford college--and those who did get a degree were saddled with too much debt. But today, more kids are going to college, getting their degrees--all while taking on far less debt than the national average. We're talking thousands of dollars less. This year, we will strengthen Missouri's position as a leader in college affordability and quality. First, my budget includes an additional $56 million in performance funding. And with this historic investment, our public colleges and universities will once again freeze tuition for Missouri undergraduates.
Source: 2016 State of the State speech to Missouri legislature Jan 20, 2016

Jay Nixon: Fund public schools, don't develop voucher schemes

Even during the worst of the recession, we never backed away from our commitment to support our public schools. There were some who doubted whether our students and schools were up to the challenge, who said the new state standards were too tough, too ambitious. I disagreed. I knew that if we raised our expectations, our students would rise to meet them. No gimmicks or voucher schemes--just great teachers, the right tools, strong communities, and a shared commitment to excellence.
Source: 2016 State of the State speech to Missouri legislature Jan 20, 2016

Eric Greitens: Strongly oppose Common Core; no bureaucrats in charge

WE CAN IMPROVE EDUCATION FOR ALL MISSOURIANS. I believe every child in Missouri has the right to a first-rate education. Too many Missouri children and parents are trapped in failing schools. I will lead efforts to provide more choices and opportunities for kids who need it most. I strongly oppose "Common Core" and believe local parents and teachers--not Washington bureaucrats--should be in charge of our children's education.
Source: 2016 Missouri Governor campaign website EricGreitens.com Oct 9, 2015

Chris Koster: 2007: Left GOP to support high-quality public schools

Chris felt an increasing distance from the influence of right wing extremism within the Republican Party. Attacks on medical research and middle class wages, coupled with a lack of support for high-quality public schools were out of step with Chris's governing philosophy. In 2007, he made the decision to change his party in order to preserve his beliefs and joined the Democratic Party. One year later, he was elected Attorney General.
Source: 2016 Missouri gubernatorial campaign website ChrisKoster.com Sep 9, 2015

Peter Kinder: Fight for school choice & charter schools

Grow Educational Freedom: Peter will continue his fight for comprehensive educational reform, including school choice, the spread of charter schools and opposition to federal overreach including Common Core.
Source: 2016 Missouri Gubernatorial campaign website PeterKinder.com Sep 9, 2015

Jay Nixon: Increase education funding by $150 million

We now have a unique opportunity to build a better future for our children. We must seize it. And nothing will have a greater impact on our children's future than the commitment we make now to their education. So in my budget, we increase funding for education. And we increase it by $150 million.Our children are our first priority. They are Missouri's future. Of course, with increased funding, come higher expectations. We expect better test scores, better graduation rates, more college degrees and more Missourians ready to compete for the best jobs in a global economy. We've all got to do better, and that means everybody: students and teachers; parents and principals; coaches and college presidents. Increased funding means increased accountability.
Source: 2013 State of the State Address to Missouri Legislature Jan 28, 2013

Jay Nixon: A+ scholarships: community college for every high schooler

My budget includes more than $75 million for our Access and Bright Flight scholarships. And it increases funding for our A+ scholarships, which cover tuition and fees at all our public community colleges.

To qualify for an A+ scholarship, high school students must keep their grades up, have excellent attendance, and stay out of trouble.Since I've been Governor, we've expanded the A+ program to 150 more schools. But there are still schools that aren't part of the A+ program, so their students can't even apply for A+ scholarships.

That's unfair to these kids, and we're going to fix it. This is the year we will expand our A+ scholarship program to every public high school in the state, so that every qualified student in this state has the opportunity to go to community college--tuition free.

Source: 2013 State of the State Address to Missouri Legislature Jan 28, 2013

Jason Kander: Expand charter schools to cities & poor-performing districts

Authorizing the Expansion of Charter Schools: Kander voted YEA on S.B. 576 on May 15, 2012; passed House 99-54-10; became law without Governor's signature, June 27, 2012
Source: Missouri legislative voting records for S.B. 576 May 15, 2012

Jason Kander: Expand charter schools, plus more sponsorship options

SB 576 Authorizes the Expansion of Charter Schools
Bill Passed House (99 - 54); Rep. Jason Kander voted Yea
Source: VoteSmart synopsis of 2011-2012 Missouri voting records May 15, 2012

Jay Nixon: Allow expanding charter schools to poor-performing districts

Authorizing the Expansion of Charter Schools: S.B. 576 passed House 99-54-10 on May 15, 2012; became law without Governor's signature, June 27, 2012
Source: Missouri legislative voting records for S.B. 576 May 15, 2012

Sarah Steelman: More competition in college loans; end federal monopoly

The candidates also were asked about their stance on the federal student loan interest rate, which will double to 6.8% on July 1 without Congressional action.

Steelman said she would have to take a closer look at the proposal but said she supported more competition in the sector because "the federal government has a monopoly now on student loans."

Brunner didn't answer whether he would support keeping the rates at their lower level but said the whole college finance system needed a "fresh look."

Akin said the government should be out of the student loan market altogether. "America has got the equivalent of the stage three cancer of socialism because the federal government is tampering in all kinds of stuff it has no business tampering in," he said.

Source: Columbia Daily Tribune on 2012 Missouri Senate debate Apr 22, 2012

Todd Akin: Federal government should be out of the student loan market

The candidates also were asked about their stance on the federal student loan interest rate, which will double to 6.8% on July 1 without Congressional action.

Akin said the government should be out of the student loan market altogether. "America has got the equivalent of the stage three cancer of socialism because the federal government is tampering in all kinds of stuff it has no business tampering in," he said.

Steelman said she would have to take a closer look at the proposal but said she supported more competition in the sector because "the federal government has a monopoly now on student loans."

Brunner didn't answer whether he would support keeping the rates at their lower level but said the whole college finance system needed a "fresh look."

Source: Columbia Daily Tribune on 2012 Missouri Senate debate Apr 22, 2012

Bob Holden: More resources for student and teachers

The best way we can invest in Missouriís future is by opening new educational opportunities for our children. Education must be our number one priority. The cornerstones of my plan to improve education include: adequate resources, quality teachers, parental involvement, accountability, technology, and a safe environment where students are ready to learn. That task begins by ensuring that Missouri teachers and students have the resources they need to improve performance.
Source: 2001 State of the State speech in Missouri House Chambers Jan 30, 2001

Bob Holden: Cash incentive for National Board Certification for teachers

We must encourage our teachers to strengthen their skills, through the National Board Certification program. To receive this certification, teachers go through a rigorous one-year evaluation and examination period. They must demonstrate a mastery of advanced national standards in their subject area. Typically, this process involves more than 200 hours of after school work from teachers. Less than one out of two teachers successfully complete the program the first time; [so far] we only have 44 teachers [certified] in the entire state. I want to see one thousand teachers [certified] in our state over the next four years of my administration.

I am recommending a $5,000 annual salary supplement for any Missouri teacher who completes this program. And those who agree to help mentor other Missouri teachers for certification would receive a ten percent salary supplement.

Source: 2001 State of the State speech in Missouri House Chambers Jan 30, 2001

Bob Holden: Provide parents with school accountability report cards

Unfortunately, many parents donít have a full and accurate picture of how well their child is doing at school as compared to children at other public schools. I want to give Missouri parents that picture by establishing school accountability report cards This action will go one step beyond our present requirement for school district report cards, so parents will know exactly what is happening at their childís individual school. Parents will receive information on classroom conditions, the professional qualifications of their childís teachers, class size, graduation and dropout rates, school safety, and a report on how their tax dollars are being spent. They will be able to find even more extensive information at the school and on the Internet. By holding schools accountable in this way, parents and taxpayers can compare the evaluation of their school with other schools in the area. School report cards will also be useful to other schools--pointing out successful school strategies and practices.
Source: 2001 State of the State speech in Missouri House Chambers Jan 30, 2001

Catherine Hanaway: State-funded vouchers for public & private schools

Source: Missouri Legislative 1998 National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 1998

Nancy Farmer: Supports charter schools and privately-run schools

Source: 1996 Missouri National Political Awareness Test Jul 2, 1996

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