Frank O'Bannon on Education

Former Democratic IN Governor

Standards worked for math & English; apply to other subjects

The Education Roundtable first focused on essentials for higher student achievement: high standards, assessment and accountability. The result: Indiana now has one of the most comprehensive assessment and accountability systems in the nation. Plus, our new school accountability laws require schools to make continuous improvements while giving them the flexibility to determine how to meet their goals.

Before the creation of the Roundtable, the Fordham Foundation gave Indiana an F for English and a C for math. So, we worked together to rewrite those standards. The result: We now have some of the highest English and math standards in the nation. And the Fordham Foundation now gives Indiana standards an A for English, an A for math, and an A for science.

Make no mistake. The Roundtable’s work is not done. It is now helping re-write our geography, economics, civics and history standards so they too will be among the highest in the nation. And it is now focusing on quality teaching.

Source: 2001 State of the State address to Indiana legislature , Jan 17, 2001

$50 million for flexible school readiness program

We must invest in school readiness so our first graders can meet the highest English and math standards in the country. My $50 Million school readiness program offers flexibility for schools to meet local needs - like full day kindergarten, moving the kindergarten entry date or programs like head start, or pre-school.

My “Ready to Read” initiative includes funding for reading assessments, summer programs, reading institutes, and a tutor for every child struggling to read. Since our children will now be required to meet the highest math standards in the country, Algebra will be the key to their success. That’s why I have proposed a middle school summer math program to expand learning time.

But that’s not all. Within this $50 million initiative, we will also create 500 master reading and math teachers in the schools that need them the most. And the 50 schools that make the most improvement in reading and math will be rewarded.

Source: 2001 State of the State address to Indiana legislature , Jan 17, 2001

Improve and invest in public schools.

O'Bannon is a member of the Democratic Governors Association:

Principles of the Democratic Governors Association:


Democratic Governors are leading the way with highly-trained teachers, strong standards and accountability, increased funding to repair and modernize public school facilities, access to technology and computers, and more discipline and safety in the classrooms. Democratic Governors believe the most important aspect to insure a child’s education is to have the best possible teachers in the classroom. They believe that we must value teachers as professionals, encourage their development to be the best teachers they can be for our children and compensate them accordingly. Democratic Governors favor greater parental choice, but oppose measures that weaken public schools diverting taxpayer dollars to private schools with no accountability for results. Democratic Governors around the country are also forming innovative public-private partnerships to create programs to provide early childhood education, nutrition and health care services to ensure that our children have the best possible start in life.

Source: DGA website, www.DemocraticGovernors.org/ 01-DGA2 on Aug 15, 2001

Other governors on Education: Frank O'Bannon on other issues:
IN Gubernatorial:
Mitch Daniels
IN Senatorial:
Daniel Coats
Richard Lugar

Newly seated 2010:
NJ Chris Christie
VA Bob McDonnell

Term-limited as of Jan. 2011:
AL Bob Riley
CA Arnold Schwarzenegger
GA Sonny Perdue
HI Linda Lingle
ME John Baldacci
MI Jennifer Granholm
NM Bill Richardson
OK Brad Henry
OR Ted Kulongoski
PA Ed Rendell
RI Donald Carcieri
SC Mark Sanford
SD Mike Rounds
TN Phil Bredesen
WY Dave Freudenthal
Newly Elected Nov. 2010:
AL: Robert Bentley (R)
CA: Jerry Brown (D)
CO: John Hickenlooper (D)
CT: Dan Malloy (D)
FL: Rick Scott (R)
GA: Nathan Deal (R)
HI: Neil Abercrombie (D)
IA: Terry Branstad (R)
KS: Sam Brownback (R)
ME: Paul LePage (R)
MI: Rick Snyder (R)
MN: Mark Dayton (D)
ND: Jack Dalrymple (R)
NM: Susana Martinez (R)
NV: Brian Sandoval (R)
NY: Andrew Cuomo (D)
OH: John Kasich (R)
OK: Mary Fallin (R)
PA: Tom Corbett (R)
RI: Lincoln Chafee (I)
SC: Nikki Haley (R)
SD: Dennis Daugaard (R)
TN: Bill Haslam (R)
VT: Peter Shumlin (D)
WI: Scott Walker (R)
WY: Matt Mead (R)
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