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Gary Herbert on Education

 


Collaborate to rewrite No Child Left Behind

Utah's state school board will not call for federal legislation to identify state governors as key partners in education. In a split 7-7 vote, the board rejected a request from Herbert's office to sign a letter supporting amendments to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which would require the governor's signature on plans for spending federal education dollars in Utah. The letter and amendments are being pushed by the NGA as a means of strengthening collaboration between state leaders as federal legislators work to rewrite the controversial No Child Left Behind Act.

The board Chairman suggested Utah's education governance is better managed through local legislation or a popular vote, rather than forced on the state from Washington. After the vote, Herbert's education adviser acknowledged the rewrite of ESEA and No Child Left Behind is a moving target, but said the governor's office would continue to push for strengthened relationships with or without the board.

Source: Salt Lake Tribune on 2016 Utah gubernatorial race , Jun 19, 2015

Increase funding for applied technology colleges

Last year, we united behind a commitment to education. We provided for 12,500 new students, we increased per pupil spending, we covered the increased cost of healthcare for our teachers, we invested millions in enhanced individualized instruction and help for at-risk children, and we put millions more in higher education, including our applied technology colleges.

Education is the largest and most important investment Utah makes. While we recognize that money isn't everything, we should still take note--that while so many states face shrinking budgets and bleak forecasts, Utah has the means, the vision, and the commitment to rank education as its top priority. The proof of that investment is unmistakable. The national average Advanced Placement test score is 2.84. Utah's is 3.1. More than 27,000 students prepare for college through concurrent enrollment, and compared to other states with a high percentage of students taking the ACT, Utah ranks second in our test scores.

Source: 2013 State of the State Address to Utah Legislature , Jan 30, 2013

Fervently committed $40M to STEM education

We must remain fervently committed to STEM--science, technology, engineering and math education. As we discuss the future of STEM, the watchword is alignment--workforce alignment. Nothing matters more than preparing our children to face the new, interdependent global economy. So this year I propose we invest $20 million for STEM education. Eight state institutions of higher learning are reprioritizing their budgets to match that funding dollar for dollar. That's a full $40 million for STEM programs to make Utah's future workforce the smartest, most skilled, and most innovative workforce this nation has ever seen.
Source: 2013 State of the State Address to Utah Legislature , Jan 30, 2013

Continue to increase funding for public schools

Utah has long been committed to funding our public schools, our colleges and universities, and our technical institutions. In fact, few states in the country spend as much of their overall budgets on education as we do. Our unique demographics--which is a way of saying we have larger families--mean we must continue to increase funding to maintain and enhance the solid education and training our students receive. I cannot say enough about the importance of supporting public education.
Source: Utah 2010 State of the State Address , Jan 26, 2010

Other governors on Education: Gary Herbert on other issues:
UT Gubernatorial:
Rocky Anderson
UT Senatorial:
Orrin Hatch

Gubernatorial Debates 2015:
KY: Conway(D) vs.Bevin(R)
LA: Vitter(R) vs.Dardenne(R) vs.Edwards(D)
MS: Bryant(R) vs.Slater(D)
Gubernatorial Debates 2016:
DE: Bonini(D) vs.Carney(R)
IN: Pence(R) vs.Gregg(D)
MO: Hanaway(R) vs.Brunner(R)
MT: Bullock(D) vs.Perea(R)
NC: McCrory(R) vs.Cooper(D) vs.Spaulding(D)
ND: Dalrymple(R) vs.Heitkamp(D) vs.Pomeroy(D)
NH: Hassan(D) vs.Bradley(R)
OR: Brown(D)
UT: Herbert(R) vs.Matheson(D)
VT: Shumlin(D)
WA: Inslee(D) vs.Bryant(R)
WV: Kessler(R) vs.Cole(D)
Newly-elected governors (first seated in Jan. 2015):
AK-I: Bill Walker
AR-R: Asa Hutchinson
AZ-R: Doug Ducey
IL-R: Bruce Rauner
MA-R: Charlie Baker
MD-R: Larry Hogan
NE-R: Pete Ricketts
OR-D: Kate Brown
PA-D: Tom Wolf
RI-D: Gina Raimondo
TX-R: Greg Abbott

Lame ducks 2015-16:
DE-D: Jack Markell
(term-limited 2016)
KY-D: Steve Beshear
(term-limited 2015)
LA-R: Bobby Jindal
(term-limited 2015)
MO-D: Jay Nixon
(term-limited 2016)
VT-D: Peter Shumlin
(retiring 2016)
WV-D: Earl Ray Tomblin
(term-limited 2016)
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