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Earl Ray Tomblin on Education

 


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

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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