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 program.to 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.
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.
The University and Community College Systems of New Hampshire are key to these effort and we will continue to make investments in our partnership. In doing so, my budget proposes a significant increase to the operating budget of the Community College System, which is doing a great job in providing a gateway to New Hampshire's workforce development.
My budget proposes $10 million in capital investment into community college infrastructure. Also, today I am proud to establish the Governor's Scholarship program, with $5 million to directly assist high school students to attend colleges in New Hampshire.
Ayotte: No. Has voted to cut Pell Grants.
Q: On Student Debt: Refinance student loans at lower rates, paid for by increasing taxes on high earners?
Ayotte: No. Voted against allowing students to draw on federal resources to refinance at lower interest rates. Introduced alternative bill to allow students to refinance at lower rates in the private market. Opponents view private sector option as benefitting financial institutions rather than students.
Fully funding universal full-day kindergarten will improve our schools while also helping more working parents fully participate in the workforce.
New Hampshire cannot afford to refuse fast-growing school districts a proportional increase in state funding for their students, as has happened in recent years. Additionally, the state should consider how to reinstitute a more sustainable building aid program to support local building construction projects that are in clear need.
Instead, state and local education funds should be block granted so that elected state and local policymakers and school leaders are free to determine how best to use our tax money to improve student learning by means best suited to our varying local needs.
Congress must respond to parents' concerns about one-size-fits-all schools. Parents do not want their children over tested or mined for personal data. Wave after wave of experimental reforms - like Common Core, promoted by profit-making corporations with an interest in harmful standardization -- have badly stressed teachers, students and their parents and have failed to improve learning.
CLINTON: I believe in affordable college, but I don't believe in free college, because every expert I have talked to says how will you control costs. I want to make sure middle class kids, not Donald Trump's kids, can afford college. The numbers don't add up, from what Senator Sanders has been proposing. That's why all the independent experts that have vetted both of us have concluded that it is not achievable. Let's go down a path where we tell people what we will do. A progressive is someone who makes progress. That's what I intend to do.
SANDERS: I believe that public colleges and universities should be tuition free. How do we pay for that? We pay for it by a tax on Wall Street speculation. The middle class bailed out Wall Street in their time of need. Now, it is Wall Street's time to help the middle class.
CLINTON: I believe in affordable college, but I don't believe in free college, because every expert that I have talked to says how will you control the costs. I want to make sure middle class kids, not Donald Trump's kids can afford college. The numbers don't add up, from what Senator Sanders has been proposing. That's why all the independent experts that have vetted both of us have concluded that it is not achievable. Let's go down a path where we tell people what we will do. A progressive is someone who makes progress. That's what I intend to do.
Smith: Strongly Disagree
SAT scores for graduating high school seniors has reached the lowest point in nearly four decades. The decline corresponds directly with the ascension of the federal Department of Education.
Let me remind you of an important fact, the purpose of the DOE was to raise math and science scores to be more competitive on the international stage.
I ask you this: Would you send your car back to a shop that makes it worse each time? Why should we force parents to do the same with their children? It's time to put parents back in charge and let them choose what style of education best suits their children.
This will not be easy. Resolving school funding will require each of us to be honest with ourselves and the people of New Hampshire about what is required by the Claremont II decision. The State must pay for the cost of an adequate education for every child. Itís that simple and that difficult. We must face up to this obligation and we must acknowledge that we cannot meet it without change.
Make no mistake: enacting a permanent solution must be our overriding priority this year. Without a permanent solution this year, the stateís bond ratings and strong fiscal position will be jeopardized. But even more important, without a permanent solution, our public schools will be threatened.
We must also improve educational opportunities for our youngest children. We must extend our kindergarten construction program and make sure that every five-year-old in New Hampshire has the opportunity to attend public kindergarten.
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