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