State of West Virginia Archives: on Education


Jim Justice: Pay our teachers what they're worth, to attract the best

As governor, Jim will:
Source: 2016 W.V. governor campaign website JusticeForWV.com Nov 16, 2015

Alex Mooney: I support school choice programs & home-schooling

Education should primarily be the responsibility of our local governments because they understand the needs of their own communities. For that reason, I support repealing No Child Left Behind, and removing the federal government from local education decisions. Local teachers should have the freedom to develop their own curriculum to teach children the skills they need to get quality jobs in the 21st century economy.

In addition, I support school choice programs that give low-income families the ability to send their children to quality schools. My wife and I homeschool our two children, and I believe parents should have the right to make the best education decisions for their children, whether it is a public school, a private school, a charter school or homeschool.

Source: 2014 W.V. House campaign website, MooneyForCongress.com Nov 4, 2014

John Buckley: Federal government has no Constitutional role in education

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Vouchers for school choice"?

A: Neutral. I think the federal government has no role under the Constitution in the provision of education.

Source: Email interview on 2014 W.V. Senate race with OnTheIssues Sep 5, 2014

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

Jeff Kessler: More funding for K-12 testing, but also teacher salaries

Source: W.V. Congressional 2008 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2008

Jeff Kessler: Prayer in public schools is ok; so is sex ed

Q:Do you support a moment of silence in public schools?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support voluntary prayer in public schools?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support sexual education programs that include information on abstinence, contraceptives, and HIV/STD prevention methods?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support abstinence-only sexual education programs?

A: No.

Source: W.V. Congressional 2008 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2008

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