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Dave Freudenthal on Education

Democratic WY Governor


Base cuts on valuation of projects, & keep building schools

I do not support the decision to significantly reduce school capital construction. There are 3 reasons. One is about the only thing that is going to generate jobs in this state for construction is going to be public construction. Second, we are getting some of the most remarkable bids we have ever seen in terms of school construction.

I am also troubled by the fact these reductions were accomplished by essentially dropping four projects off the bottom of the School Facilities Commission list, not based on the valuation of the projects, just sort of, "We need to save $50 million; let's cut it off the bottom."

The decision of the committee to reduce overall funding by 8.5%, based on changes in construction costs, is fine with me. It does not change the number of projects we will be doing. However, I think we need to be cognizant of the fact that we have told school districts, "If you'll play by the rules, and not come to the Legislature and ask for special bills, we'll keep building schools.

Source: Wyoming 2010 State of the State Address , Feb 8, 2010

Increase teacher salaries & school infrastructure spending

Source: 2002 Wyoming Gubernatorial National Political Awareness Test , Nov 1, 2002

Teach both abstinence AND contraceptives in sex ed

Source: 2002 Wyoming Gubernatorial National Political Awareness Test , Nov 1, 2002

Reform testing system; end 3-tier diploma

Q: What is your assessment of the state’s education accountability efforts?

A: Abysmal from the point of view of teacher and parent. Zero confidence in the WY Comprehensive Assessment System (WyCAS) to get accountability. Need to back up, check goals, follow progress grade to grade. Three-tier diploma is the fad of the day; I would get rid of it.

Source: WY Tribune-Eagle, Governor Candidates Q&A , Oct 18, 2002

Other governors on Education: Dave Freudenthal on other issues:
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Matt Mead
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John Barrasso
Michael Enzi

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
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