State of West Virginia Archives: on Education


Earl Ray Tomblin: All children should read by the end of the 3rd grade

Education Week, in its annual survey, Quality Counts, gave us an F for student achievement, ranking us 49th nationally. Change must begin with our youngest children. If a child cannot read at grade level by the end of the 3rd grade, bad things happen. They will remain poor readers in high school, and they will be more likely to become high school dropouts. [My proposal]:
  1. Ensure every new elementary teacher is specially trained in reading
  2. Require every county, within 3 years, to offer full-day 4-year-old preschool
  3. Establish a process for defining the components and costs of a quality "birth through 5 program".
  4. And finally, I propose a supplemental appropriation of $17 million to preserve the current childcare subsidies; to not only assure quality early childhood development, but to help parents keep their jobs.
We want our youngest children to read on grade level by the end of the 3rd grade. But this is just a start.
Source: 2013 State of the State Address to W.V. Legislature Feb 13, 2013

Joe Manchin III: More accountability & more audits in the education system

Manchin brought up the importance of adding more accountability in the education system. "We have to start demanding more and more accountability, responsibility," said Manchin. "There is an audit going on in West Virginia now and I hope they adopt this audit in the legislature to make the changes that need to be made to improve education in the state of West Virginia."

Raese, on the other hand, said that competition is what's good for education. But he didn't stop there, he added that competition is also good for America and West Virginia.

Source: West Virginia MetroNews on 2012 W.V. Senate debate Oct 3, 2012

Joe Manchin III: Keep public education infrastructure strong

Manchin says the state can and needs to do much better on public education, but he wants to keep public education infrastructure strong. "I don't believe in getting rid of the Department of Education," Manchin said.

Raese wants more opportunities for programs that would allow families a voucher to send their children to private schools, which he says create competition and improve the quality of education. "We don't need a federal education system to set our curriculum," Raese said.

Source: West Virginia Public Broadcasting on 2012 W.V. Senate debate Oct 3, 2012

John Raese: Competition is what's good for education

Manchin brought up the importance of adding more accountability in the education system. "We have to start demanding more and more accountability, responsibility," said Manchin. "There is an audit going on in West Virginia now and I hope they adopt this audit in the legislature to make the changes that need to be made to improve education in the state of West Virginia."

Raese, on the other hand, said that competition is what's good for education. But he didn't stop there, he added that competition is also good for America and West Virginia.

Source: West Virginia MetroNews on 2012 W.V. Senate debate Oct 3, 2012

John Raese: Allow families a voucher to send kids to private schools

Manchin says the state can and needs to do much better on public education, but he wants to keep public education infrastructure strong. "I don't believe in getting rid of the Department of Education," Manchin said.

Raese wants more opportunities for programs that would allow families a voucher to send their children to private schools, which he says create competition and improve the quality of education. "We don't need a federal education system to set our curriculum," Raese said.

Source: West Virginia Public Broadcasting on 2012 W.V. Senate debate Oct 3, 2012

Earl Ray Tomblin: One-time $800 enhancement now; teacher raise later

I know that our teachers deserve a higher salary. But at this moment, we cannot afford additional pay raises that will add to the State budget forever. I am proposing a one-time, $800 across-the-board enhancement for our teachers. This recognizes the hard work that our teachers put into our system while at the same time does not add to our base budget. Frankly, it should be more and we need to strive for a day when our teachers are paid at a rate equivalent to the most important role they play.
Source: 2011 W.V. State of the State Address Jan 12, 2011

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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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