State of New Hampshire Archives: on Education

Andru Volinsky: Fund schools fairly, teachers should be paid well

I believe a good education should not be an accident of geography--that we should have high expectations for every child in New Hampshire and provide the resources they need to succeed. To do that, we must fund our schools fairly. Teachers should be paid well and our schools must be safe environments free of guns.
Source: 2020 N.H. gubernatorial campaign website Jan 5, 2020

Andru Volinsky: Control college debt; provide alternatives to college

We need to look harder at post-secondary education. Colleges must be affordable and college debt must be brought under control. However, we cannot continue to ignore students who do not want a traditional college. Programs that start in high school and continue intermittently as students choose to acquire more skills are as important as formal two- and four-year college programs.
Source: 2020 N.H. gubernatorial campaign website Jan 5, 2020

Steve Marchand: Quality public education from pre-K to H.S. to college

Steve's passion for the importance of quality public education, to the importance of entrepreneurism, come from his upbringing.

Too many people think we have to choose: Either we help working people and their families, or we focus on growing our economy. But my experience shows me that the right priorities do both: We must deliver America's best educational outcomes for our kids--from pre-K on up to high school and college. We have to support our small businesses and striving entrepreneurs.

Source: 2018 N.H. gubernatorial campaign website May 2, 2017

Steve Marchand: $5M for debt-free college in needed programs

Q: How do you encourage young people to stay in the state?

Marchand: The pilot program between higher education and New Hampshire businesses I would pursue that would cost approximately $5 million a year in three programs: computer science, nursing, and education because those are three places where we don't have enough talent to match the demands. It would create a debt-free college experience for students that enter the work with New Hampshire-based companies or entities. And if they did that, kept their nose clean, kept their grades up, and then worked for one of those New Hampshire-based employers for a period of years after graduation, they would have no debt. It would be half-paid by the private sector participants and half-paid by the targeted state grant for these programs.

Source: N.H. Journal on 2018 New Hampshire gubernatorial race Apr 24, 2017

Steve Marchand: Prioritize public school districts and we will see results

Q: What about school building construction, which has been frozen at the state level for a number of years?

A: First, you've got to have the credibility as a candidate and then as a governor to instill confidence that when you say something, that you need that math, that you need those dollars, and you prioritize it very high, that people will see it's the result of a process that they can trust. The number one thing businesses tell me is, if the school district around where they're thinking of putting a business or expanding a business, if it is seen as outstanding, they will win time after time the tiebreakers for the kind of talent, particularly from out of state, that we have to get if we're going to be where we want to go in the next twenty years.

Source: N.H. Public Radio on 2018 New Hampshire gubernatorial race Apr 24, 2017

Colin Van Ostern: Increase young women and girls in STEM school programs

Bring More Young Women and Girls into Sciences, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) Educational Program and Industries: Increasing the number of young women and girls participating in STEAM educational programing and workforce pathways will strengthen New Hampshire's economy. Last January, the Governor's Task Force on Science, Engineering, and Math recommended the establishment of an advisory council to coordinate statewide work to promote girls in STEM, and the overall STEM task force was extended by Executive Order. As Governor, Colin will work to expand upon this initiative by commissioning an advisory council that will coordinate public and private STEAM educational and workforce programs to promote mentorship for young girls at our public schools.
Source: 2016 N.H. Gubernatorial campaign website Aug 31, 2016

Derek Dextraze: Public money should stay in public schools

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Vouchers for school choice"

A:Strongly˙oppose - If we let students go to what˙ever school they want to with public money,˙how do we pay for our schools and˙teachers? Public money should stay in public schools.

Source: Email interview: 2016 N.H. gubernatorial race by OnTheIssues Mar 14, 2016

Mark Connolly: Future of NH built on pillars of education & innovation

Mark believes strongly that the future of New Hampshire must be built on the pillars of education, innovation, and job creation.

Growing up in Bedford, Mark and his brother were raised by a single mom who worked as a secretary. With money tight, the family moved often. Mark and his brother struggled to adapt to constantly changing schools, but in seventh grade a very special teacher transformed his life, taking the time to help Mark find success academically, a path that would lead to Dartmouth College and an MBA earned at night from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Throughout these experiences of making a life in New Hampshire, Mark has come to believe individual hard work and determination are crucial to success, but we all need a helping hand. Support and opportunity offered by neighbors and community, good schools, and a strong economy are vital to helping every Granite Stater achieve his or her dreams.

Source: 2016 N.H. gubernatorial campaign website, Mar 6, 2016

Bernie Sanders: Tax Wall Street and make public universities free

My proposal is to put a speculation tax on wall street, raise very substantial sums of money, not only make public colleges and universities tuition-free, but also substantially lower interest rates on student debt. You have families out there paying 6 percent, 8 percent, 10 percent on student debt, refinance their homes at 3 percent.
Source: 2015 ABC/WMUR Democratic primary debate in N.H. Dec 19, 2015

Hillary Clinton: New College Compact: federal match for state investment

Q: What do you propose for the middle class?

CLINTON: There is a lot we can do in college affordability. I have debt-free tuition plans, free community college plans, getting student debt down.

Q: How does your plan differentiate from your opponents'?

CLINTON: Well, I have what I call the New College Compact. Because I think everybody has to have some skin in this game, you know. #1: States have been dis-investing in higher education. States over a period of decades have put their money elsewhere; into prisons, into highways, into things other than higher education. So under my compact, the federal government will match money that the states begin to put back in to the higher education system. #2: I don't believe in free tuition for everybody. So I have proposed debt-free tuition, which I think is affordable and I would move a lot of the Pell Grant and other aid into the arena where it could be used for living expense.

Source: 2015 ABC/WMUR Democratic primary debate in N.H. Dec 19, 2015

Martin O`Malley: Income-based college loan repayment plan for all students

Q: Senator, you want free tuition for public colleges. Doesn't that just shift the cost to taxpayers?

SANDERS: We have some colleges and universities that are spending a huge amount of money on fancy dormitories and on giant football stadiums. Maybe we should focus on quality education with well-paid faculty members [instead of] vice presidents who earn a big salary.

Q: Governor, how do you propose lowering some of these costs?

O'MALLEY: My plan actually goes further than Senator Sanders' because a big chunk of the cost is actually room and board and books and fees. So as a nation we need to increase what we invest in Pell grants. Yes, we need to make it easier for parents to refinance. I propose a block grant program that will keep the states in the game as well. I believe that all of our kids should go into an income-based repayment plan. There're families all across America who aren't able to contribute to our economy because of this crushing student loan.

Source: 2015 ABC/WMUR Democratic primary debate in N.H. Dec 19, 2015

Jon Lavoie: No vouchers: children should go to school where the live

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Vouchers for school choice"?

A: No, I believe children should go to school where the live.

Source: Email interview for 2016 N.H. Governor race with OnTheIssues Oct 18, 2015

Maggie Hassan: $4 million more for scholarships; $35M for state colleges

Ever-rising tuition rates can force many families to avoid even considering New Hampshire's public colleges and universities. Our budget substantially restores the cuts made to our community college and university systems. The University System will receive an increase of $20 million in 2014 with an additional increase of $15 million in 2015, bringing the system back to 90% of where it was before the cuts. And we have not only fully restored funding for the Community College System in the first year, but added $3 million in the second.

In exchange, the leadership of both the community college and university systems have assured me they will go to their boards with a plan to freeze tuition for the next two years.

This budget includes $4 million in UNIQUE funds to support need-based scholarships that can be used at both public and private colleges. New Hampshire's young people must be developing the skills, knowledge, and innovative thinking needed in a 21st century economy.

Source: 2013 State of the State N.H. Budget Address Feb 14, 2013

Maggie Hassan: Open new charter schools, & add to existing charter schools

This budget protects our state's commitment to our public K-12 education system by fully funding the existing Adequacy formula. And in the second year of the biennium, this budget fully funds the building aid formula and increases catastrophic aid and tuition & transportation assistance to local schools.

In addition, this budget will help encourage innovation by providing funding to allow new charter schools to open and to allow existing charter schools to accept new enrollees.

At the same time, these charter schools have a responsibility to live within their budget, and so this budget sets new parameters and provides authority for the Department of Education to prioritize new charter school approval to underserved communities.

To help pay for these investments, this budget repeals the voucher tax credit that would have diverted millions of dollars in taxpayer money to private and religious schools with no accountability.

Source: 2013 State of the State N.H. Budget Address Feb 14, 2013

Maggie Hassan: Our public schools are essential to best-trained workforce

Recently, Maggie unveiled the first part of her "Innovate NH" jobs plan: "Our public schools are and should be drivers of economic growth for our state," said Maggie. "Our colleges and universities are inventing new ideas and new technologies that could launch new companies and new jobs. They offer the expertise that can help our existing companies innovate and thrive. And our public schools are essential to ensuring New Hampshire has the best-trained workforce in the nation."
Source: N.H. Governor 2012 campaign website, Nov 6, 2012

John Lynch: Ensure every child the opportunity for a great education

I am working to make sure every child in N.H. has the opportunity for a great education. I am also working to increase New Hampshire’s high school graduation rate, by increasing the compulsory attendance age from 16 to 18, and expanding alternative learning programs. I am proud that we started a new scholarship program for students at the University System and froze tuition this year at the community technical colleges. I am committed to continuing to work to make higher education more affordable.
Source: 2006 N.H. Gubernatorial National Political Awareness Test Nov 7, 2006

Jeanne Shaheen: Goals 2000: Maintain national standards

Source: 1996 N.H. gubernatorial National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 1996

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