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Brad Henry on Education

Democratic OK Governor


Don't siphon resources from our classrooms

We recognized the hard work of our teachers by increasing their pay and, for the first time in history, covering the full cost of teachers' health insurance. This helps Oklahoma attract and retain the quality teachers our students deserve, and it tells our teachers that we value their commitment.

Our progress in schools has been tremendous. I will not tolerate any effort to cut teacher pay or siphon resources from our classrooms, our students, or our future.

Source: Oklahoma 2010 State of the State Address , Feb 1, 2010

Build the best possible public schools & universities

With an eye on the future, Gov. Henry has worked to build the best possible public schools and universities to serve Oklahoma families. He’s delivered more resources to classrooms and college campuses in addition to embarking on a four-year effort to raise teacher pay to the regional average. For the state’s youngest citizens, the governor has helped improve access to early childhood education.
Source: Campaign website, www.henryforgovernor.com, “Issues” , Nov 7, 2006

New lottery to fund education reform

As Governor, Henry Brad will pass a lottery 100% dedicated to education. Henry has pushed a state lottery for the last two years in the Legislature, but it has not made it out to a vote of the people. The last time the state voted on the issue, it was defeated. Henry?s education lottery would be patterned after Georgia?s.
Source: Edmond Sun, Lisa Shearer, ?Brad Henry Targets Education? , Jul 15, 2002

Raise teacher pay

?I think we have to pay our teachers a reasonable salary ? at least the regional average.? He cites Oklahoma as 44th in teacher salary in the nation, and wants to stop other states from luring teachers away with better pay and signing bonuses like Texas does.
Source: Edmond Sun, Lisa Shearer, ?Brad Henry Targets Education? , Jul 15, 2002

Increase resources for public schools

As state senator, Henry boosted education funding, supported reduced class sizes, raised teacher salaries & played a pivotal role to get discipline and citizenship back in the classroom.
Source: Campaign website, www.BradHenry4governor.com, ?Issues? , Sep 17, 2002

Participate in federal program Race to the Top.

Henry signed Letter from 9 Governors to Secretary of Education Duncan

Our states need more time to properly evaluate the changes needed to resubmit our applications, as well as to engage in meaningful and collaborative discussions with our legislatures, our schools, our unions, and our communities. We need to make informed changes to our applications, whether in the area of evaluations, turnarounds, standards, or data collection. These changes will be stronger if they are informed by the comments of those who reviewed our initial application.

Therefore, we request that you considerably accelerate the timeline for release of peer reviewers' comments and scores from Phase One or extend the deadline to submit our Phase 2 application until July 1, 2010; so our states can continue the necessary hard work, without losing momentum, to reform education and apply for Race to the Top Phase Two. As Governors -- Republicans and Democrats alike -- we were proud to stand with President Obama, and with you, to bring about real systemic change in education through the Race to the Top competition. Under the first phase of competition, you saw forty states and the District of Columbia respond to your call. While only fifteen states and the District of Columbia were selected as finalists for Phase One, we all remain committed to pursuing necessary reforms to help ensure that our states' applications are competitive for the second phase of funding.

The finalists were announced on March 4, with applications for next round due less than 90 days later on June 1. You also announced that our comments and feedback on our applications would not be available until sometime in April, which would further reduce that already short timeline for meaningful course correction to fewer than 60 days.

Source: Letter from 9 Governors to Secretary of Education Duncan 100316-Gov on Mar 16, 2010

Other governors on Education: Brad Henry on other issues:
OK Gubernatorial:
Mary Fallin
OK Senatorial:
James Inhofe
Tom Coburn

Newly seated 2010:
NJ Chris Christie
VA Bob McDonnell

Term-limited as of Jan. 2011:
AL Bob Riley
CA Arnold Schwarzenegger
GA Sonny Perdue
HI Linda Lingle
ME John Baldacci
MI Jennifer Granholm
NM Bill Richardson
OK Brad Henry
OR Ted Kulongoski
PA Ed Rendell
RI Donald Carcieri
SC Mark Sanford
SD Mike Rounds
TN Phil Bredesen
WY Dave Freudenthal
Newly Elected Nov. 2010:
AL: Robert Bentley (R)
CA: Jerry Brown (D)
CO: John Hickenlooper (D)
CT: Dan Malloy (D)
FL: Rick Scott (R)
GA: Nathan Deal (R)
HI: Neil Abercrombie (D)
IA: Terry Branstad (R)
KS: Sam Brownback (R)
ME: Paul LePage (R)
MI: Rick Snyder (R)
MN: Mark Dayton (D)
ND: Jack Dalrymple (R)
NM: Susana Martinez (R)
NV: Brian Sandoval (R)
NY: Andrew Cuomo (D)
OH: John Kasich (R)
OK: Mary Fallin (R)
PA: Tom Corbett (R)
RI: Lincoln Chafee (I)
SC: Nikki Haley (R)
SD: Dennis Daugaard (R)
TN: Bill Haslam (R)
VT: Peter Shumlin (D)
WI: Scott Walker (R)
WY: Matt Mead (R)
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