State of Missouri Archives: on Education


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

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

Nancy Farmer: Supports charter schools and privately-run schools

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

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2012 Presidential contenders on Education:
  Democrats:
Pres.Barack Obama(IL)
V.P.Joe Biden(DE)

Republicans:
Gov.Mitt Romney(MA)
Rep.Paul Ryan(WI)
Third Parties:
Green: Dr.Jill Stein(MA)
Libertarian: Gov.Gary Johnson(NM)
Justice: Mayor Rocky Anderson(UT)
Constitution: Rep.Virgil Goode(VA)
Peace+Freedom: Roseanne Barr(HI)
Reform Party: André Barnett(NY)
AmericansElect: Gov.Buddy Roemer(LA)
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