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Grace Ross on Education


MCAS is a big part of why kids drop out of high school

Q: What's your take on the MCAS?

ROSS: We have a generation now that might not even make it through high school. About a quarter of kids are dropping out, if you go to African American kids you get close to 50%, Latino kids we're over 50%. The test is a big part of the problem. Obviously we need the funding for the schools. But the reality is that test is a key piece, it's connected with the timing of when the kids started dropping out and we've got to pay attention.

Source: 2006 MA Gubernatorial debate on Fox News with Chris Wallace Sep 25, 2006

Constitutional commitment to education--35 kids is too many

Q: What are your views on merit pay for teachers?

ROSS: The best measure of how a school is going to do is how much money that community has and that tells us what's really going on is there is an economic drain going on in our schools. No teacher can teach well in a school that has 35 kids or more. So what we need to do is put money back into our schools, we have a Constitutional commitment to education in this state and I think we actually need to follow our Constitution.

Source: 2006 MA Gubernatorial debate on Fox News with Chris Wallace Sep 25, 2006

No "under God" litmus test in pledge of allegiance

Q: How would you have voted on the Sep 20, 2005 House vote: Reaffirming 'one nation under God' in pledge of allegiance?

A: NO, I oppose the imposition of one religious doctrine on all people (a guarantee in our constitution which many activists fought so hard for in Massachusetts, resulting in its inclusion in our national constitution). The "under God" was actually added as a litmus test during the anti-communist, McCarthy era.

Source: Email interview with Jul 6, 2006

Free education

Source: Campaign website, Jun 3, 2006

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GA Sonny Perdue
HI Linda Lingle
IA Tom Vilsack
ID Dirk Kempthorne
IL Rod Blagojevich
IN Mitch Daniels
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LA Kathleen Blanco
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ME John Baldacci
MI Jennifer Granholm
MN Tim Pawlenty
MO Matt Blunt
MS Haley Barbour
MT Brian Schweitzer
NC Mike Easley
ND John Hoeven
NE Dave Heineman
NH John Lynch
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NM Bill Richardson
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OH Bob Taft
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OR Ted Kulongoski
PA Ed Rendell
RI Don Carcieri
SC Mark Sanford
SD Mike Rounds
TN Phil Bredesen
TX Rick Perry
UT Jon Huntsman
VA Tim Kaine
VT Jim Douglas
WA Christine Gregoire
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