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Ronnie Musgrove on Education

2008 Senate challenger; previously Democratic MS Governor


Worked with Congress creating No Child Left Behind

Q: Are you happy with President Bush's No Child Left Behind act?

A: Mississippi was the first state in the South to have our accountability plan approved under No Child Left Behind. I was one of the two governors designated to work with Congress on No Child Left Behind. I believe it follows our lead of improving our schools.

Q: Are you concerned about unfunded federal education mandates?

A: Washington has unfortunately followed the trend in special education of not fully funding mandates to the states. Recently Congress provided some fiscal relief to cover some of the unfunded mandates by Congress, but not all of them. The unfunded mandates have more long-term problems than short-term. We're excited about improvements that have been made, though; and we believe test scores show a great indication of Mississippi being on the right track.

Source: Donna Ladd interview in Jackson Free Press Aug 6, 2003

Require public schools to display "In God We Trust" motto

Gov. Ronnie Musgrove has signed a law requiring public schools to display "In God We Trust" in classrooms, cafeterias and auditoriums.

"Our nation was founded as a godly nation and we put it on our money: 'In God We Trust,' " said Musgrove, who signed the bill as the American Civil Liberties Union threatened to bring suit.

The group maintains that requiring a reference to God in public classrooms violates the constitutional guarantee of separation of church and state.

Source: NY Times: National News Briefs " 'In God We Trust' Motto" Mar 25, 2001

Remove the 5% cap on teacher pay

Our children won’t learn without qualified, inspired teachers in the classroom. Mississippi’s teachers continue to outshine teachers in other states. Our national board certification numbers are a resounding testament to their commitment to teaching. Removing the 5% revenue growth condition on pay increases would be a strong testament to our commitment to Mississippi’s teachers. Nothing less than fully funding adequate education, the critical teacher shortage act, and our teacher pay plan will do.
Source: State of the State Address to Mississippi legislature Jan 4, 2001

Universities: settle the Ayers Case

We are asking our community colleges and universities to take a greater role in economic development from recruiting industries, to research and development. If we are going to utilize our Universities to the fullest, then the Ayers Case must be settled. Twenty-five years is long enough. It is time to move on.
Source: State of the State Address to Mississippi legislature Jan 4, 2001

Improve and invest in public schools.

Musgrove is a member of the Democratic Governors Association:

Principles of the Democratic Governors Association:

IMPROVING PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND INVESTING IN OUR YOUNGEST CHILDREN

Democratic Governors are leading the way with highly-trained teachers, strong standards and accountability, increased funding to repair and modernize public school facilities, access to technology and computers, and more discipline and safety in the classrooms. Democratic Governors believe the most important aspect to insure a child’s education is to have the best possible teachers in the classroom. They believe that we must value teachers as professionals, encourage their development to be the best teachers they can be for our children and compensate them accordingly. Democratic Governors favor greater parental choice, but oppose measures that weaken public schools diverting taxpayer dollars to private schools with no accountability for results. Democratic Governors around the country are also forming innovative public-private partnerships to create programs to provide early childhood education, nutrition and health care services to ensure that our children have the best possible start in life.

Source: DGA website, www.DemocraticGovernors.org/ 01-DGA2 on Aug 15, 2001

Other candidates on Education: Ronnie Musgrove on other issues:
MS Gubernatorial:
Haley Barbour
MS Senatorial:
Erik Fleming
Roger Wicker
Thad Cochran


2008 Senate retirements:

Wayne Allard(R,CO)
Larry Craig(R,ID)
Pete Domenici(R,NM)
Chuck Hagel(R,NE)
Trent Lott(R,MS)
Craig Thomas(R,WY)
John Warner(R,VA)

Incoming Obama Administration:

Pres.Barack Obama
V.P.Joe Biden
State:Hillary Clinton
HHS:Tom Daschle
Staff:Rahm Emanuel
DHS:Janet Napolitano
DOC:Bill Richardson
DoD:Robert Gates
A.G.:Eric Holder
Treas.:Tim Geithner
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MA:Kerry
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MS6:Cochran
MT:Baucus
NC:*Hagan over Dole
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NH:*Shaheen over Sununu
NJ:Lautenberg
NM:*Udall
OK:Inhofe
OR:*Merkley over Smith
RI:Reed
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