State of Massachusetts Archives: on Education


Ayanna Pressley: Debt free college should be available for all

In addition, our Federal representatives must work with states and local communities to incentivize greater investment in higher education--including community colleges--which will help drive down the cost of tuition. Ayanna believes that no student should be denied a college education because they can't taafford it--she will push for a debt-free college plan that allows students to attend public colleges and universities without being buried under student loans.
Source: 2018 MA 7th House campaign website AyannaPressley.com Jul 4, 2018

Brian Herr: Schools are best run at the local level; end Dept. of Ed.

Schools, Herr contends, are best run at the local level, so he wonders why the country needs a U.S. Department of Education with a budget in the tens of billions of dollars.
Source: Worcester Telegram & Gazette on 2014 MA Senate race Aug 16, 2010

Christy Mihos: MCAS has become a weapon against public education

Q: What’s your take on the MCAS?

MIHOS: We’ve really cut all the support services for MCAS. I am against MCAS. It was a tool, it’s now a weapon. We went from 1789 to 2003 in this Commonwealth with public education and it works. We’ve spent $9 billion dollars over the last few years on ed reform and what have we learned? When you fund these school systems properly they do well, when you don’t they don’t. I’m against MCAS.

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

Christy Mihos: No state-based merit pay; let cities & towns decide

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

MIHOS: I’m against merit pay, but what I’m for is Christy’s proposition 1, get as much local aid back to those cities & towns, let them make the decision at the local level via their local school committee, as to how to run their schools, and not let some elites up on Beacon Hill in the department of education make the decision for the local cities & towns as to what they want taught in their schools and how they want it taught.

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

Deval Patrick: Favors MCAS, but not as only measure of education reform

Q: What’s your take on the MCAS?

PATRICK: I’m in favor of the MCAS. The problem is that we take the MCAS and we slap it on top of school systems that are already under strain. We need to make the MCAS better; we need remedial programs; we need additional measures of how a student is developing academically so that we are educating the whole child. I think it’s a mistake for us to think that all there is to education reform is one high-stakes test.

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

Deval Patrick: Incentives & merit pay on school-wide basis only

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

PATRICK: I agree with one of the Lt. Governor’s ideas, about incentives to encourage teachers to come to underperforming schools. That’s a great idea. I will also say that I support merit pay but I think there’s a right way & a wrong way to do it. I think we do differ on this. The right way to do it is in a way that encourages collaboration. So I’m looking at merit pay by team or by school. How do we lift the whole school, ought to be our approach.

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

Grace Ross: 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

Grace Ross: 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

Kerry Healey: Strong supporter of the MCAS and standards

Q: What’s your take on the MCAS?

HEALEY: It’s not all about funding, it’s about standards. I’m a strong supporter of the MCAS. Over the last 10 years we’ve brought our schools from being below the national average to way above the national average in terms of the SAT scores We have over 90% of our kids who past that test every year and it tells our employers that they are qualified to do the jobs they’re going to be asked to do. Standards are important.

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

Kerry Healey: Merit pay for best teachers & those at most-needed schools

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

HEALEY: I have two proposals around merit pay. I’d like to test our kids in the beginning of the year and the end of the year to help identify who really are our best teachers and I’d love to give them merit pay. The other thing I’d like to do is give incentives of additional pay to our best teachers to go and teach in the schools where they’re needed most, in our schools that have been identified as under-performing.

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

Chris Gabrieli: Supports charter schools and calls them successful

Gabrieli supports charter schools and believes they have been successful in the state. That being said, he wants to be sure all public schools have the tools they need to provide the best education possible. His campaign says Gabrieli supports lifting the cap that limits the amount a district can spend on charter schools. “He thinks the smart way to do it is as a part of a larger package of carrots and sticks to get the public schools to change,” said a spokesman.
Source: Boston Globe Issue Outlines: on 2006 MA Governor race Jun 3, 2006

Christy Mihos: Supports charters, but keep the cap for now

Mihos says he supports the concept of charter schools, but does not favor raising the cap that limits the amount of money districts can spend on them. “I am just not ready to lift the cap.” he said. Mihos’s children attended private schools, and he says that experience helped shape his policy on education, especially his proposal to devote more state funding to local communities for schools and to eliminate activity fees.
Source: Boston Globe Issue Outlines: on 2006 MA Governor race Jun 3, 2006

Deval Patrick: Supports unionized Horace Mann charter over regular charters

Patrick’s support of unionized Horace Mann schools is stronger than his support of non-union commonwealth charters. His education issue paper says: “I will support charter schools (especially Horace Mann charters) by developing funding mechanisms that do not disadvantage district schools and measuring charter schools in part by whether they are producing innovative ideas that can be imported into district schools.”
Source: Boston Globe Issue Outlines: on 2006 MA Governor race Jun 3, 2006

Deval Patrick: Supports MCAS but would add a science test and other tests

He supports requiring students to pass the MCAS exam before they can graduate, and would add a test in science, but says the state should develop “additional assessment tools” so MCAS is not the only measure of a student’s academic progress.
Source: Boston Globe Issue Outlines: on 2006 MA Governor race Jun 3, 2006

Kerry Healey: Strong backer of more charter schools

Healey’s campaign says she is a strong backer of charter schools and supports lifting the cap limiting the amount towns can spend on them. “She thinks they are a great asset to Massachusetts,” a spokesperson says. Healey sends her two children to private school. She said she made the decision “because I want my kids to be in an environment where they can talk about values in a way that you can’t always do in a public school setting, and I want uniforms and a very structured environment for my kids.”
Source: Boston Globe Issue Outlines: on 2006 MA Governor race Jun 3, 2006

Tom Reilly: Supports charter schools in districts with low test scores

Reilly supports charter schools, especially in school districts with low test scores. His campaign has said that in struggling districts he favors raising the cap that limits spending on charter schools, but hasn’t said how far. He has also said merit pay for teachers and a longer school day “should be on the table” and may be included in future education proposals. Reilly is the only candidate whose children were educated in public schools. His three daughters attended school in Watertown.
Source: Boston Globe Issue Outlines: on 2006 MA Governor race Jun 3, 2006

Chris Gabrieli: More charter schools and individual merit pay

Gabrieli, who opposes a cap on charter schools and supported merit pay when he ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 1998, said he does not support it as a matter of broad policy now, though he would not prohibit individual districts using it as a tool of innovation. He also touted the $25 million public-private partnership he initiated to fund after-school learning programs, which were approved for eight school districts.
Source: Brian C. Mooney in Boston Globe on 2006 MA Gov. race Apr 30, 2006

Deval Patrick: Cap charter schools until funding formulas improved

Patrick continued to modify what he acknowledges is an evolving position of support for merit pay for teachers. He also qualified his endorsement of charter schools -- like merit pay, an issue that the teachers’ unions sharply oppose.

On merit pay, Patrick shifted from his support for rewards for individual teachers to saying he favors a system that would encourage collaboration within schools or teams of teachers by awarding bonuses more broadly based on a school’s overall improvement. The evaluation would not be based on MCAS test results, he said.

On quasi-public charter schools, Patrick said school districts must begin to incorporate those innovations that are proven to work into traditional public schools. He also said he favors a cap on the number of public schools until new funding formulas for charter schools are devised “that don’t drain” district school funding.

Source: Brian C. Mooney in Boston Globe on 2006 MA Gov. race Apr 30, 2006

Tom Reilly: More charter schools and individual merit pay

Reilly, a supporter of more charter schools, reiterated his support for individual teacher merit pay but said standardized test scores would be one of the criteria used to measure improved student performance. Reilly, whose wife, Ruth, retired after 35 years of teaching in public schools, said he would also increase funding for the state’s public higher education system. “There has never been a governor in my lifetime who made public higher education a priority,” Reilly said.
Source: Brian C. Mooney in Boston Globe on 2006 MA Gov. race Apr 30, 2006

Kerry Healey: Raise mandatory age to 18 with incentives to stay in school

Q: What are your educational reform proposals?

A: I would propose to raise the mandatory age of school attendance to 18, and in conjunction with that, a number of changes would have to be made to accommodate the fully 20% of kids who drop out state-wide, so it’s school attendance or graduation until 18. And, in order to do that, we would have to put a much greater focus on alternative education. Perhaps schools that operate at night, for those kids who need to work during the day to help support their families. Schools that provide day-care as well, for those young people who are young parents, who are taking care of their kids. We’re going to have to provide different vocational education for kids who don’t really like the academic curriculum and are not looking to go on and go to higher education. So, together, we’re simply raising the age. There are a number of other steps that you need to take to hold the interest of those kids who would otherwise drop out.

Source: Boston Globe interview on 2006 MA Governor race Apr 26, 2006

Kerry Healey: Higher percent of spending in classrooms & teachers

Q: What about education funding?

A: I’d like to be spending more of our dollars in the classroom. I would like to see 70% of our Chapter 70 dollars spent in the classroom. Right now, we spend about 64% of our education dollars in the classroom.

Q: When you say used in the classroom, is that for teacher raises?

A: That could be teacher salaries, but it could also be for books and equipment, and technology. Anything that enhances the experience in the classroom.

Source: Boston Globe interview on 2006 MA Governor race Apr 26, 2006

Tom Reilly: Supports charter schools and MCAS testing

I’ve been independent minded, and the party establishment has problems with that, Reilly said in an interview after the caucus results were in, citing his position in favor of a tax rollback, charter schools, and MCAS testing. ‘’I did well considering that I stand up to the party on certain things.“
Source: F.Phillips & S.Greenberger, Boston Globe on 2006 MA Gov.race Feb 5, 2006

Kerry Healey: No in-state tuition break for illegal immigrants

A bill currently being considered by the Legislature would provide in-state tuition at our public colleges and university to individuals who are in the United States illegally. That is wrong. Because a family breaks the law, that should not entitle them to a taxpayer subsidy. Enactment of this legislation would encourage more illegal immigration and send the wrong message to those immigrants who played by the rules.
Source: Healey’s op-ed in Boston Globe on 2006 MA Gov. race Jan 8, 2006

Scott Brown: Vouchers for public, private, or religious schools

Source: 2002 MA Gubernatorial National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 2002

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