Woody Myers on Education



We can take a hard look at our voucher program

We can empower our public schools by giving them the resources and funding needed to provide a high-quality education to all students. We can take a hard look at our voucher program; while school choice has a place in our education system, the current program is not serving us well. It has created more demand for limited resources, reducing the funding available for classroom instruction and teacher salaries. We should make transparency and accountability a priority.
Source: 2020 Indiana governor campaign website DrWoodyMyers.com , Mar 25, 2020

We need multiple pathways to obtain good-paying jobs

Indiana currently ranks among the 10 worst states in educational attainment and lacks the appropriate policies to support learners who haven't fared well in college. Our population demands multiple pathways to obtain good-paying jobs whether through a college degree, a certificate, apprenticeship, or vocational training. We aren't prepared to withstand the pressures of automation and its squeeze on jobs that's predicted for the future, with too many workers in dead end jobs vulnerable to loss.
Source: 2020 Indiana governor campaign website DrWoodyMyers.com , Mar 25, 2020

For higher teacher pay & better testing model for students

Myers leaped on the governor for the pitiful way the state treats its teachers. He called for higher teacher pay and a better testing model for students. He also supported increasing the smoking age to 21 and curbing layoffs that have upended middle-class families.
Source: Evansville Courier & Press on 2020 Indiana governor race , Mar 2, 2020

Boost teacher pay, increase access to vocational schools

He criticized the state's recent tax cuts for corporations and financial institutions. He discussed boosting teacher pay and increasing access to vocational schools and community colleges.

"Teachers are leaving our state in record numbers, students are being forced to deal with overcrowded classrooms and less individual attention, and it's wrong that music classes and art classes are becoming optional."

Source: Indianapolis Star on 2020 Indiana gubernatorial race , Dec 31, 2019

Higher teacher pay; end unnecessary administrative burdens

Many of those I spoke with have advanced degrees but are not making enough to support their families without second jobs. They are burdened by unnecessary licensing requirements. They are frustrated by standardized tests that do not accurately measure students and their progress. Far too often our teachers are acting as mental health counselors for their students because there are not enough social workers and others to meet student needs. Education in our state has reached crisis mode. We ask our teachers to work incredibly hard to give our children a stable foundation for the future. But that's hard to do when their own financial futures are rocky, and their attention is divided by a second job. We MUST do better. As your next governor, I pledge to work with the General Assembly to ensure more state funds make it into public school teacher pockets- and that unnecessary administrative burdens are removed. I am with Indiana's teachers.
Source: Anderson Herald-Bulletin on 2020 Indiana gubernatorial race , Nov 26, 2019

Pay teachers what they deserve; future depends on it

Myers said education is one of the areas he will focus on the most, saying "we'll stop cutting education and start paying our teachers what they deserve because our teachers are worth it, and the future of the state depends on it."
Source: TheStateHouseFile.com on 2020 Indiana gubernatorial race , Jul 10, 2019

Mother served as school principal during desegregation

Growing up, my father was a landscape contractor, grading, seeding and laying sod. After serving as principal at IPS school #4, my mother became responsible for implementing the school desegregation orders of the late Federal Judge Hugh Dillin. She would receive many unpleasant calls at home at night, from both those who wanted their children bused to a certain school and from those who did not. She taught me courage.
Source: 2008 House campaign website, myers2008.org, IN-7 district , Nov 1, 2008

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IN Gubernatorial:
Daniel Coats
Eddie Melton
Eric Holcomb
Mike Pence
Pete Buttigieg
IN Senatorial:
Andrew Straw
Baron Hill
Brian Bosma
Eric Holcomb
Evan Bayh
Joe Donnelly
Luke Messer
Mark Hurt
Marlin Stutzman
Mike Braun
Todd Rokita
Todd Young

Gubernatorial Debates 2021:
Murphy(D) vs.Ciattarelli(R)
Northam(D,term-limited) vs.Herring(D) vs.Chase(R) vs.Fairfax(D)

Gubernatorial Debates 2019:
Bevin(R) vs.Goforth(R,lost primary) vs.Adkins(D,lost primary) vs.Beshear(D) vs.Edelen(D,lost primary)
Edwards(D) vs.Rispone(R) vs.Abraham(R) vs.Kennedy(R,declined)
Bryant(R,retiring) vs.Foster(R) vs.Hood(D) vs.Reeves(R) vs.Waller(R)

Gubernatorial Debates 2020:
DE: Carney(incumbent) vs.Williams(D) vs.Murray(R) vs.Bonini(C)
IN: Holcomb(incumbent) vs.Melton(D) vs.Myers(D)
MO: Parson(incumbent) vs.Galloway(D) vs.Neely(R)
MT: Bullock(retiring) vs.Fox(R) vs.Perry(R) vs.Gianforte(R) vs.Stapleton(R) vs.Olszewski(R) vs.Neill(D) vs.Schreiner(D) vs.Cooney(D) vs.Williams(D)
NC: Cooper(incumbent) vs.Forest(R) vs.Grange(R) vs.Pisano(C)
ND: Burgum(incumbent) vs.Coachman(R) vs.Lenz(D)
NH: Sununu(incumbent) vs.Volinsky(D) vs. fsFeltes(D)
PR: Rossello(D) vs.Garced(D) vs.Pierluisi(D)
UT: Herbert(retiring) vs.Huntsman(R) vs.Cox(R) vs.Burningham(R) vs.Newton(D) vs.Hughes(R) vs.Peterson(D)
VT: Scott(incumbent) vs.Holcombe(D) vs.Zuckerman(D)
WA: Inslee(incumbent) vs.Bryant(R) vs.Fortunato(R) vs.Culp(R)
WV: Justice(incumbent) vs.Folk(R) vs.Thrasher(R) vs.Vanover(D) vs.Smith(D) vs.Ron Stollings(D) vs.Salango(D)
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