State of Connecticut secondary Archives: on Education

Matthew Corey: Wants vouchers for school choice, empower states

Give parents the choice to enroll their children in the public schools, charter schools, or private schools they feel could help their child's future. Provide a tax credit for families who home school their children. Eliminate the Federal Department of Education and return power to the states and local government. Send block grants back to the states. Let teachers and parents have more input in the education process of their children. The civil rights battle of today is in the cities.
Source: 2018 Connecticut Senate campaign website Dec 12, 2017

Catherine Templeton: School money & school control should be local

Education is local, but the state and federal government both hold a lot of the money. Let's get it to the kids. We need to make K-12 decisions in our school districts, not in Washington or Columbia. Let the teachers teach and let the principals lead. It makes sense, right? Let them do what they do best and support them every way we can.
Source: 2018 Connecticut Governor website Aug 17, 2017

Mark Lauretti: Get the government out of the classroom

Government can't solve a city's education underperformance issues. We need to get the government out of the classroom and let the teachers do their job. As a former school teacher myself, I've seen what it takes to ensure every student has the opportunity to thrive. From qualified teachers and access to the right academic, arts and vocation programs -- it's critical that we fill the gaps to provide access to the programs that will help each student succeed.
Source: 2018 Connecticut Governor website Aug 17, 2017

Dan Carter: Bottom-up decisions on schools, not top-down politicians

Every American should demand and expect equal opportunity to a great education. Too often politicians like Senator Blumenthal become plagued by the agendas of special interest groups and rather than search for new solutions, rely on the same-old approach that frankly has failed.

Decisions about our children's education should not be made top-down, by politicians like Senator Blumenthal in Washington D.C. These decisions should be made locally and from the bottom-up, by parents and teachers

Source: 2016 Connecticut Senate campaign website Aug 31, 2016

August Wolf: Support home-school, charter schools, & parochial schools

We start by getting rid of Common Core and the over reliance on standardized tests. Education should be determined at the local level, where taxpayers and parents can monitor what's happening. Second, we need policies at every level of state and local government to support the right of parents to choose the best learning environment for their children. That means supporting and affirming parents' right to home-school or send their children to charter schools, parochial schools, or any other school. The federal Department of Education takes local tax dollars from Connecticut and spends them on bureaucrats and regulations in Washington. There's just no need for that agency at the federal level. It should be turned into a think-tank to provide best practices for local education."
Source: 2016 Connecticut Senate campaign website Apr 1, 2016

Dan Malloy: $22M for new charter schools over three years

Several Wall Street billionaires who have invested heavily in the expansion of charter schools contributed more than $200,000 to Democrats in the 2013-14 election cycle, helping Gov. Dannel P. Malloy secure re-election. The campaign contributors earned their fortunes as hedge fund managers and private equity investors before earning reputations as "education philanthropists." They have helped bankroll charter school movements throughout the country, spending to influence elections and to support advocacy movements.

Malloy opened this year's legislative session with a budget proposal that included $4.6 million in funding to open two new privately-managed charter schools, and an additional $17 million for new charter school seats in the next two years. Funding for local school districts would have remained flat.

The charter school funding became a sticking point in budget negotiations this year after a legislative committee voted down the governor's proposal.

Source: Hartford Courant coverage of 2016 Connecticut Senate race May 29, 2015

Tom Foley: Ran on platform of school choice

On the campaign trail last fall, Gov. Dan Malloy was relatively quiet on the issue of charter school expansion, while Republican challenger candidate Tom Foley ran on a platform of increased school choice. But a review by The Courant of spending records shows that charter school donors still chose to support Malloy. The campaign contributions last cycle came from groups such as the Connecticut Coalition for Achievement Now (ConnCAN), Achievement First, Families for Excellent Schools and others that have spent nearly $800,000 lobbying the legislature this year.

After the legislature's budget-writing appropriations committee rejected the proposal to open two new schools, charter school advocates responded with a full-fledged lobbying effort that included a rally at the Capitol the following week. The groups spent more than $100,000 busing out-of-state parents into Hartford, erecting Jumbotron screens on the Capitol lawn and purchasing Subway sandwiches for volunteers. Malloy gave a speech.

Source: Hartford Courant coverage of 2016 Connecticut Senate race May 29, 2015

Tom Foley: In-district public school choice, money follows the child

On education, Foley would concentrate on policy changes that would impact schools with bad academic outcomes, while leaving successful schools alone. He said mandating the Common Core Standards and a standard teacher evaluation system is a mistake; Foley would institute an A-F grading system to measure how the schools are doing.

For those schools that aren't doing well, you need to have "in-district public school choice, money follows the child." Foley said parents would make the decision on where to send their kids and he would revise the state grant per child by equating it with the child's needs.

"It shouldn't be a flat number, which is what happens today," Foley said. "That grant should be variable depending on the needs of the child," with less money for capable, independent students with a lot of enrichment at home and more for special needs children, he said.

Source: New Haven Register on 2014 Connecticut gubernatorial race Jun 29, 2014

Tom Foley: Charters are part of the solution, but not whole solution

Asked about the criticism of charter schools that they underserve bilingual students and those with with special needs, Foley dimissed this. "The criticism of charter schools is that they are nonunion," Foley said. "That's the big political problem and i
Source: New Haven Register on 2014 Connecticut gubernatorial race Jun 29, 2014

Tom Foley: Local control instead of Common Core mandates

Foley was critical of statewide Common Core assessments on schools, whether they are doing well or not. He said we have some of the best public schools in the country.

"I don't know why the governor would be interfering with those schools who are doing well under local control and mandating things like Common Core assessments," he said. "I adhere to the principal 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it," Foley said. "Let's go fix the schools that aren't working and let's leave alone those that are."

He accused Malloy of not engaging teachers and administrators when the process of teacher evaluations was changed and Common Core standards were starting to be put into effect.

"I'm a good listener. I like to incorporate everybody's views. I like to make sure that solutions incorporate the suggestions and hopefully gain the cooperation of those people who are going to be relied on to put them into effect," he said.

Source: New Haven Register on 2014 Connecticut gubernatorial race Jun 16, 2014

Ann-Marie Adams: Lack of minority teachers led to achievement gap

Adams identified issues within the education and health sectors as key matters to be dealt with in Connecticut, known as the 'Nutmeg State'. She cited "a paucity of minority teachers in public schools" as reason for what she dubbed the achievement gap in the state, as well as disparities in the health sector. "Since I've covered education for more than a decade, I'm very in tune with what needs to be done to fix our education system in Connecticut."
Source: Ann-Marie Adams Wash. Post OpEd 2018 Connecticut Senate race Nov 12, 2012

Peter Lumaj: Expand charter schools and the voucher program

Our educational system can lead the world if we:
Source: Connecticut 2012 Senate campaign website Jul 4, 2012

Dan Malloy: Had learning disability when there were no support programs

Growing up, I had learning disabilities that might have left me on the fringes. Back then, there were not programs to identify and support children with disabilities. But luckily for me, there was the inspiring dedication and skill of the school teachers who touched my life, and there was the sheer willpower of a mother of 8 children.
Source: 2011 Connecticut State of the State Address Jan 5, 2011

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