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Steve Grossman on Education

Former Chair of DNC; Democratic Challenger MA Governor

 


More funding for K-12 & public higher education

Steve recognizes that educational achievement is the pathway to long-term economic growth and security. Steve will advocate for more funding for K-12 education along with increased funding for public higher education. He will also work to reduce class sizes and implement a longer school day.

Steve will place greater emphasis on investing in our vocational-technical high schools, which are central to our plan to enhance advanced and precision manufacturing.

Steve wants to take every child off the waiting list for pre-K and provide those children too often left behind--children with a single parent, children from immigrant families, and children from low-income families-- with the resources they need to get ahead.

Source: 2014 Mass. gubernatorial campaign website, SteveGrossman.com , Dec 20, 2013

Universities should invest in student housing

Steve believes that universities have a greater role to play in alleviating pressure on the housing market. Boston’s 35 colleges and universities provide housing for fewer than 30,000 of their 135,000 students, leaving the rest to compete for space in the neighborhoods. An investment that amounted to a tiny percentage of the endowments of these institutions would go a long way towards solving this problem.
Source: Campaign web site, Grossman2002.com , Dec 7, 2001

Universal access to pre-school for all 3 & 4-year-olds

Steve wants to promote literacy from the earliest years and make sure every child starts school ready to learn. He believes that we ought to have as our goal universal access to a quality pre-school education for every 3- and 4-year-old, as they have in the state of Georgia. But in Massachusetts we don’t even have universal access to full-day kindergarten. We must do better than that if we’re going to require our kids to perform at the levels we expect of them by the time they finish school.
Source: Campaign web site, Grossman2002.com , Dec 7, 2001

Teacher Corps: free UMass degree for 5 years of teaching

Steve is proposing a 21st Century Teacher Corps. It’s modeled on the military service academies. Steve believes that we ought to aggressively market the teaching profession to high schools students, and provide the most qualified, committed candidates with a scholarship in an amount up to the total cost of a four-year education at UMass. They could use it at any college in the country - provided they committed to return to Massachusetts and teach in a public school for at least five years.
Source: Campaign web site, Grossman2002.com , Dec 7, 2001

Help more families save for college

The earnings gap continues to widen between college graduates and those without any college education. The “new economy” workforce must adapt to new technologies and upgrade its knowledge and skills all the time. People change jobs much more frequently than they used to-willingly or not-and those with the most up-to-date knowledge and skills are usually the winners. Steve wants to help more families save for college, and to ensure that every citizen who wants it has access to higher education.
Source: Campaign web site, Grossman2002.com , Dec 7, 2001

More focus on Adult Education and ESL

Almost 20% of adults in Mass. are functionally illiterate, and more than 20% do not have a high school diploma. Steve believes strongly that adult basic education - adult diploma programs, English as a Second Language, other basic skills training - should be a much more central part of our education and economic development strategies.
Source: Campaign web site, Grossman2002.com , Dec 7, 2001

Partner community colleges with local businesses

Steve supports an initiative to provide incentives to community colleges to create partnerships with local businesses that tailor course offerings and certificate programs to their needs. This happens to varying degrees at individual institutions now, but we should be building a strong, coherent network of training and retraining programs in this state.
Source: Campaign web site, Grossman2002.com , Dec 7, 2001

Address skills gap: partner colleges with local businesses

A comprehensive economic development strategy must address the skills gap, which employers in Massachusetts say again and again is their biggest problem - they just can’t find enough people with the right combinations of skills for the jobs they have available. The linchpin of a New Economy economic development strategy ought to be Massachusetts’ excellent higher education system.

Incentives should be provided to community colleges, for example, to create partnerships with local businesses that tailor course offerings and certificate programs to their needs. This happens to varying degrees at individual institutions now, but we should be building a strong, coherent network of training and retraining programs in this state.

Source: Boston Business Journal, Op-Ed, “Economic Strategy” , Nov 12, 1999

Community colleges should partner with local business

Incentives should be provided to community colleges, for example, to create partnerships with local businesses that tailor course offerings and certificate programs to their needs.
Source: Boston Business Journal op-ed , Nov 1, 1999

Other governors on Education: Steve Grossman on other issues:
MA Gubernatorial:
Bill Weld
Bob Massie
Charlie Baker
Dan Wolf
Deval Patrick
Don Berwick
Jay Gonzalez
Karyn Polito
Lawrence Lessig
Martha Coakley
Marty Walsh
Richard Tisei
Tom Menino
Warren Tolman
MA Senatorial:
Brian Herr
Bruce Skarin
Ed Markey
Elizabeth Warren
Gabriel Gomez
John Kerry
Martha Coakley
Mo Cowan

Gubernatorial Debates 2017:
NJ: Guadagno(R) vs.Phil Murphy(D, won 2017 primary) vs.Ray Lesniak(D, lost 2017 primary) vs.Mayor Steve Fulop(declined Dem. primary, Sept. 2016) vs.Lesniak(D) vs.Wisniewski(D) vs.Ciattarelli(R) vs.Rullo(R)
VA: Gillespie(R) vs.Perriello(D) vs.Wittman(R) vs.Wagner(R) vs.Northam(D)
Gubernatorial Debates 2018:
AK: Walker(i) vs.(no opponent yet)
AL: Kay Ivey(R) vs.Countryman(D) vs.David Carrington (R) vs.Tommy Battle (R)
AR: Hutchinson(R) vs.(no opponent yet)
AZ: Ducey(R) vs.David Garcia (D)
CA: Newsom(D) vs.Chiang(D) vs.Villaraigosa(D) vs.Delaine Eastin (D) vs.David Hadley (R) vs.John Cox (R) vs.Zoltan Istvan (I)
CO: Ed Perlmutter (D) vs.Johnston(D) vs.Mitchell(R) vs.Cary Kennedy (D) vs.George Brauchler (R) vs.Doug Robinson (R)
CT: Malloy(D) vs.Drew(D) vs.Srinivasan(R) vs.David Walker (R)
FL: Gillum(D) vs.Graham(D) vs.Mike Huckabee (R) vs.Adam Putnam (R)
GA: Kemp(R) vs.Casey Cagle (R) vs.Hunter Hill (R) vs.Stacey Abrams (R)
HI: Ige(D) vs.(no opponent yet)
IA: Kim_Reynolds(R) vs.Leopold(D) vs.Andy McGuire (D) vs.Nate Boulton (D)
ID: Little(R) vs.Fulcher(R)
IL: Rauner(R) vs.Kennedy(D) vs.Pawar(D) vs.Daniel Biss (D) vs.J.B. Pritzker (D)
KS: Brewer(D) vs.Wink Hartman (R)
MA: Baker(R) vs.Gonzalez(D) vs.Setti Warren (D) vs.Bob Massie (R)
MD: Hogan(R) vs.Alec Ross (D) vs.Richard Madaleno (D)
ME: (no candidate yet)
MI: Whitmer(R) vs.El-Sayed(D) vs.Tim Walz (D)
MN: Coleman(D) vs.Murphy(D) vs.Otto(D) vs.Tina Liebling (DFL) vs.Tim Walz (DFL) vs.Matt Dean (R)
NE: Ricketts(R) vs.(no opponent yet)
NH: Sununu(R) vs.Steve Marchand (D, Portsmouth Mayor)
NM: Grisham(D) vs.(no opponent yet)
NV: Jared Fisher (R) vs.(no opponent yet)
NY: Cuomo(R) vs.(no opponent yet)
OH: DeWine(R) vs.Schiavoni(D) vs.Sutton(D) vs.Taylor(R) vs.Jim Renacci (R) vs.Jon Husted (R) vs.Connie Pillich (D)
OK: Gary Richardson (R) vs.Connie Johnson (D)
OR: Brown(D) vs.Scott Inman (D)
PA: Wolf(D) vs.Wagner(R)
RI: Raimondo(D) vs.(no opponent yet)
SC: McMaster(R) vs.McGill(R) vs.Pope(R)
SD: Noem(R) vs.Jackley(R)
TN: Green(R) vs.Dean(D)
TX: Abbott(R) vs.(no opponent yet)
VT: Scott(R) vs.(no opponent yet)
WI: Walker(R) vs.Harlow(D)
WY: (no candidate yet)
Newly-elected governors (first seated in Jan. 2017):
DE-D: Carney
IN-R: Holcomb
MO-R: Greitens
NH-R: Sununu
NC-D: Cooper
ND-R: Burgum
VT-R: Scott
WV-D: Justice

Retiring 2017-18:
AL-R: Robert Bentley(R)
(term-limited 2018)
CA-D: Jerry Brown
(term-limited 2018)
CO-D: John Hickenlooper
(term-limited 2018)
FL-R: Rick Scott
(term-limited 2018)
GA-R: Nathan Deal
(term-limited 2018)
IA-R: Terry Branstad
(appointed ambassador, 2017)
ID-R: Butch Otter
(retiring 2018)
KS-R: Sam Brownback
(term-limited 2018)
ME-R: Paul LePage
(term-limited 2018)
MI-R: Rick Snyder
(term-limited 2018)
MN-D: Mark Dayton
(retiring 2018)
NM-R: Susana Martinez
(term-limited 2018)
OH-R: John Kasich
(term-limited 2018)
OK-R: Mary Fallin
(term-limited 2018)
SC-R: Nikki Haley
(appointed ambassador, 2017)
SD-R: Dennis Daugaard
(term-limited 2018)
TN-R: Bill Haslam
(term-limited 2018)
WY-R: Matt Mead
(term-limited 2018)
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