State of Rhode Island Archives: on Education


Gina Raimondo: Treat teachers as professionals; rebuild school classrooms

A quality K-12 education system is the bedrock of Rhode Island's future economic success. We need quality, flourishing schools that teach our students the skills they need to succeed in the 21st century. No one knows how to teach these skills to our children better than our state's hard-working teachers. But right now, we spend too little time listening to our teachers, and we fail to give them the resources they need to do their jobs.
Source: 2014 R.I. Gubernatorial campaign website, GinaRaimondo.com Nov 4, 2014

Barry Hinckley: Give a grant to every family to choose school

A moderator asked both candidates why they chose to send their children to private school. "I want the best education that I could get for them," said Whitehouse, who then touted efforts, like Race to the Top, which aim to improve public education. He said the next step should be extending those programs to middle school.

Hinckley, who sends his children to Parochial school, said it was important to him that his children be raised in faith. He then pointed out that many families can't afford to send their children to private school and are stuck with failing schools. He proposed giving a grant to every family in Rhode Island, so parents can choose which schools they send their children.

Source: WPRI Eyewitness News on 2012 R.I. Senate debate Oct 23, 2012

Sheldon Whitehouse: Extend "Race to the Top" to middle school

A moderator asked both candidates why they chose to send their children to private school. "I want the best education that I could get for them," said Whitehouse, who then touted efforts, like Race to the Top, which aim to improve public education. He said the next step should be extending those programs to middle school.

Hinckley, who sends his children to Parochial school, said it was important to him that his children be raised in faith. He then pointed out that many families can't afford to send their children to private school and are stuck with failing schools. He proposed giving a grant to every family in Rhode Island, so parents can choose which schools they send their children.

Source: WPRI Eyewitness News on 2012 R.I. Senate debate Oct 23, 2012

Mark Zaccaria: Supports vouchers but not charters

Q: Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students?

A: No.

Q: Do you support federal funding for universal pre-K programs?

A: No.

Q: Do you support federal funding for charter schools?

A: No.

Q: Do you support federal funding for K-12 school vouchers?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support federal financial aid for college students?

A: Yes. Federal aid for tuition to college students should be merit scholarships, not general entitlements.

Source: R.I. Congressional 2010 PVS Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2010

Lincoln Chafee: Fund special education before tax cuts for the wealthy

Q: Your views on tax cuts?

CHAFEE: You want to return any kind of tax cuts you can to the citizens and every politician likes to do that. Thatís popular. But at the same time, I wanted to be responsible, having been a mayor and then going to the Senate, my view was letís help the property taxpayer before we help the tax cuts for the wealthy. The way we do that is fund a program that the Congress started in 1970 for the special education that helps in our schools which is all the property taxes and fund that special education. We promised in 1970 to get to 40%. Weíre not above 20%. So I said before we cut the taxes for the wealthy, letís fund this special education program. Get it up to the 40% we promised back in 1970, and that goes right to the property taxpayer before we help the wealthy.

LAFFEY: First, Chafee failed on funding the IDEA program. Two, he has voted for No Child Left Behind which is about $27 billion and counting unfunded mandate thatís going on seemingly forever.

Source: 2006 R.I. Republican Senate Primary debate on WPRI Aug 24, 2006

Stephen Laffey: Chafee failed on funding the IDEA program and the NCLB Act

Q: Your views on tax cuts?

CHAFEE: You want to return any kind of tax cuts you can to the citizens and every politician likes to do that. Thatís popular. But at the same time, I wanted to be responsible, having been a mayor and then going to the Senate, my view was letís help the property taxpayer before we help the tax cuts for the wealthy. The way we do that is fund a program that the Congress started in 1970 for the special education that helps in our schools which is all the property taxes and fund that special education. We promised in 1970 to get to 40%. Weíre not above 20%. So I said before we cut the taxes for the wealthy, letís fund this special education program. Get it up to the 40% we promised back in 1970, and that goes right to the property taxpayer before we help the wealthy.

LAFFEY: First, Chafee failed on funding the IDEA program. Two, he has voted for No Child Left Behind which is about $27 billion and counting unfunded mandate thatís going on seemingly forever.

Source: 2006 R.I. Republican Senate Primary debate (x-ref Chafee) Aug 24, 2006

Carl Sheeler: Educate children about sex rather than moralizing

Source: 2004 R.I. Gubernatorial National Political Awareness Test Nov 7, 2004

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