State of Virginia Archives: on Education


Ralph Northam: Pay raise for teachers, to retain the best and brightest

I am eager to work with you to give our teachers the largest single-year pay raise in 15 years. This isn't just about the educators who deserve to be paid more. It's about improving the education we offer our children by ensuring that we can attract and retain the best and brightest educators to classrooms in every corner of our Commonwealth.

Raising teacher pay is only part of the puzzle when it comes to making sure that every Virginia student is able to reach their full potential. Schools, educational leaders, and parents across the Commonwealth have been clear that students need a variety of services to succeed in the classroom.

That's why I've proposed to fund more positions for school counselors statewide, and additional flexible funding so that school divisions can make their own decisions about which services will most benefit their students.

Source: 2019 State of the State address to Virginia legislature Jan 9, 2019

Ralph Northam: More tuition assistance; protect consumers on student loans

We need to work even harder to make postsecondary education more affordable and accessible to all students.

We're working with the Virginia Community College System to reframe their programming, so that students can get the skills they need on the front end for 21st century jobs. Our training certificate programs and our higher education system need to work hand in hand. And they need to be affordable.

Expensive tuition and high student debt can close the door to opportunity for too many people. My budget would offer more tuition assistance, and requires our institutions to create tuition predictability plans.

It is high time we began regulating the companies that service our student loans. While people may not be able to avoid taking on debt to get an education, they should be able to count on basic consumer protections.

Source: 2019 State of the State address to Virginia legislature Jan 9, 2019

Ralph Northam: Borrower's Bill of Rights to manage student debt

Yesterday, Governor-elect Northam and I stood together and outlined several pieces of legislation that we hope the new General Assembly will pass this year. They include:None of these items are inherently political. They are proposed solutions to real policy problems. It could well be the case that there are better ideas to solve these problems & make life better for Virginians. Those are the questions we were all elected to consider.
Source: Terry McAuliffe's 2018 Virginia State of the State address Jan 10, 2018

Terry McAuliffe: Borrower's Bill of Rights to manage student debt

Yesterday, Governor-elect Northam and I stood together and outlined several pieces of legislation that we hope the new General Assembly will pass this year. They include:None of these items are inherently political. They are proposed solutions to real policy problems. It could well be the case that there are better ideas to solve these problems & make life better for Virginians. Those are the questions we were all elected to consider.
Source: 2018 Virginia State of the State address Jan 10, 2018

Terry McAuliffe: Don't wait until kindergarten to prepare for success

We cannot forget that our economic future runs through public school classrooms across this great Commonwealth. That is why my budget contains NO program cuts to K through 12 education.

Public education is the backbone of a healthy economy. So let us pledge tonight to avoid acrimony on this topic and agree that we will not cut a single dollar from our schools during this legislative session. We cannot wait until our students reach kindergarten to begin preparing them for success.

Source: State of the State address to 2015 Virginia Legislature Jan 14, 2015

Don Beyer: Department of Education makes colleges stronger

I oppose the Tea Party Republican plan to eliminate the Department of Education, and I'll work to make our Northern Virginia Community Colleges and our local universities stronger. It's a fact that businesses create jobs in areas where education is a priority, and that's so important to Northern Virginia.
Source: 2014 Virginia House campaign website, FriendsOfDonBeyer.com Oct 10, 2014

Ken Cuccinelli: Teach intelligent design in schools

Question topic: Because evolution is widely accepted, students should not be taught about intelligent design.

Cuccinelli: Disagree.

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2013 Virginia Governor campaign Jul 2, 2014

Ken Cuccinelli: Free market competition for education dollars

Question topic: Free market competition for education dollars, rather than a government monopoly, would create a better education for all students.

Cuccinelli: Strongly Agree.

Question topic: Who has the primary responsibility to be sure children are properly educated?

Cuccinelli: Parents.

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2013 Virginia Governor campaign Jul 2, 2014

Robert Sarvis: Free market competition for education dollars

Question topic: Free market competition for education dollars, rather than a government monopoly, would create a better education for all students.

Sarvis: Strongly Agree.

Question topic: Who has the primary responsibility to be sure children are properly educated?

Sarvis: Their parents.

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2013 Virginia Governor campaign Jul 2, 2014

Ed Gillespie: We spend $12 on safe sex ed for every $1 on abstinence

During the Bush years, Gillespie supported the White House's abstinence-only approach to sexual education. Complaining that "government spends $12 on safe sex and contraceptives for every $1 spent on abstinence," he said that Bush was "working to see that they not only reauthorize abstinence programs, but that more funding be made available for these very necessary programs."
Source: ThinkProgress.org on 2014 Virginia Senate race Jan 16, 2014

Robert Sarvis: Bad schools persist because politicians are in charge

Education is fundamental to Virginia's prosperity. Top-rate schools attract businesses and prepare our children for success. Unfortunately, our antiquated, top-down school system is increasingly misaligned with the future challenges young Virginians will face. Too many students graduate high school without life and job skills needed to succeed. Many others don't graduate at all.

Why does the status quo continue? Because politicians and bureaucrats are in charge, not parents and teachers. To prepare our children for the real world, we need to adopt a modern approach that is proven to work and built to last. This means two things:

  1. Parents, not politicians or bureaucrats, should be in charge of the education dollars spent on their children.
  2. Teachers need to be liberated from the politicized, bureaucratic status quo and rewarded for the educational value--student learning--they create.
Source: Virginia Governor 2013 campaign website, robertsarvis.com Sep 21, 2013

Robert Sarvis: Supports vouchers, tax credit, charters, & parental triggers

Source: Virginia Governor 2013 campaign website, robertsarvis.com Sep 21, 2013

Bob McDonnell: Top Jobs for the 21st Century: STEM-H degrees

Top Jobs for the 21st Century: STEM-H degrees Our 2011 landmark "Top Jobs for the 21st Century" higher education reform legislation has made the college dream more affordable and accessible. Our bold statutory goal of 100,000 new degrees over the next 15 years, with a focus on Top Jobs for the 21st Century: STEM-H degrees 4%, after a decade of double digit increases. More diplomas mean more jobs!

We have increased the percentage of K-12 funding going into the classroom from 62% to 64%. Graduation rates are up.

Source: 2013 Virginia State of the State address Jan 9, 2013

Bob McDonnell: Zero tolerance policy for failing schools

Zero tolerance policy for failing schools Even in a state like ours with a very good public education system, some students are trapped in underperforming and unaccredited schools. This must end!

We now equip low performing schools with turnaround specialists and additional resources from the Zero tolerance policy for failing schools Institution to provide a high quality education alternative for children attending any chronically underperforming public elementary or secondary school. The Opportunity Educational Institution will be a new statewide school division to turnaround

Source: 2013 Virginia State of the State address Jan 9, 2013

Jamie Radtke: Would vote against No Child Left Behind as too expensive

Tea Party activist Jamie Radtke hit the former one-term senator for voting to add an expensive prescription drug program to Medicare and backing No Child Left Behind, two initiatives sought by Republican President George W. Bush. "Tim Kaine will not run to the right of me on spending," Radtke said, subtly criticizing the budgets Allen voted for during his previous Senate term.

For the most part, the four candidates found common ground on a number of issues, including their shared desire to shift more of the responsibility for education to the states.

Kaine's campaign responded to the repeated criticism following the debate. "Virginia voters heard the Tea Party contenders push reckless economic policies that would damage Virginia's economy, create more uncertainty for our businesses, and make our nation less globally competitive," a Kaine spokeswoman said.

Source: Washington Examiner on 2012 Virginia Senate debate May 25, 2012

George Allen: Lower student loan rates; freeze tuition rates

George Allen's campaign says that the former senator supports extending lower interest rates for student loans. The campaign also said that Allen supports the federal government playing a part in student loans.

Student loans have quickly become a hot button issue for candidates nationally and here in the Commonwealth. At Saturday's Republican Senate Debate in Roanoke candidates Bob Marshall, E.W. Jackson, and Jamie Radtke all came out forcefully saying the federal government should be out of the student loan business. "When you have the federal government giving loans it does artificially inflate prices and tuitions for schools," Radtke said.

George Allen was quiet on the issue saying only he wants to freeze tuition costs and make college more affordable.

Source: WSLS-10 Roanaoke on 2012 Virginia Senate debate May 5, 2012

Jamie Radtke: Feds should not be in the student loan business

George Allen's campaign says that the former senator supports extending lower interest rates for student loans. The campaign also said that Allen supports the federal government playing a part in student loans.

Student loans have quickly become a hot button issue for candidates nationally and here in the Commonwealth. At Saturday's Republican Senate Debate in Roanoke candidates Bob Marshall, E.W. Jackson, and Jamie Radtke all came out forcefully saying the federal government should be out of the student loan business. "When you have the federal government giving loans it does artificially inflate prices and tuitions for schools," Radtke said.

George Allen was quiet on the issue saying only he wants to freeze tuition costs and make college more affordable.

Source: WSLS-10 Roanaoke on 2012 Virginia Senate debate May 5, 2012

Tim Kaine: More student loan interest cuts; more tuition assistance

Student loans have quickly become a hot button issue for candidates nationally and here in the Commonwealth. At Saturday's Republican Senate Debate in Roanoke candidates Bob Marshall, E.W. Jackson, and Jamie Radtke all came out forcefully saying the federal government should be out of the student loan business. 10 On Your Side also contacted Democratic senate candidate Tim Kaine, who supports extending interest rate cuts to student loans and increasing tuition assistance at the state level.
Source: WSLS-10 Roanaoke on 2012 Virginia Senate debate May 5, 2012

Tim Kaine: FactCheck: Cut college funding & led to 30% tuition increase

Allen said: "What Tim Kaine did is he cut higher ed funding, and tuition increased in colleges by over 30% and that, of course, hurt families."

Former Gov. Kaine inherited a $1.45 billion budget for higher education costs when he came into office. In his farewell budget, Kaine recommended $1.37 billion in higher education funding for fiscal 2012. So over the span, Kaine supported a 5.7% cut. It's important to remember that Kaine was battling a severe recession at the end of his term.

Average in-state tuition and instructional fees at Virginia's four-year colleges rose 31.2% during Kaine's 2006-2010 gubernatorial term. At community colleges, those costs increased 24.5%. Tuition also rose nationwide.

We rated a similar Republican claim against Kaine's higher education record Mostly True. We deducted points because the claim places all the blame on Kaine without acknowledging that his funding levels for college won broad bipartisan support.

Source: PolitiFact.com 2012 Senate FactCheck: Virginia debate Apr 30, 2012

Mark Warner: Involve whole communities in schools

Schools have the special responsibility of equipping young people with the skills they need to succeed. But schools cannot do it alone. Whole communities must be involved, from the groups that run after school activities to the businesses that understand the skills that today’s employers demand. [I support] Communities in Schools, Inc., a nationwide initiative that connects schools with community resources to help people learn, stay in school and prepare for life.
Source: MarkWarner2001.org, “Bringing Virginia Together” Jan 8, 2001

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