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Kerry Healey on Education


No in-state tuition break for illegal immigrants

A bill currently being considered by the Legislature would provide in-state tuition at our public colleges and university to individuals who are in the United States illegally. That is wrong. Because a family breaks the law, that should not entitle them to a taxpayer subsidy. Enactment of this legislation would encourage more illegal immigration and send the wrong message to those immigrants who played by the rules.
Source: Healey's op-ed in Boston Globe Jan 8, 2009

Strong supporter of the MCAS and standards

Q: What's your take on the MCAS?

HEALEY: It's not all about funding, it's about standards. I'm a strong supporter of the MCAS. Over the last 10 years we've brought our schools from being below the national average to way above the national average in terms of the SAT scores We have over 90% of our kids who past that test every year and it tells our employers that they are qualified to do the jobs they're going to be asked to do. Standards are important.

Source: 2006 MA Gubernatorial debate on Fox News with Chris Wallace Sep 25, 2006

Merit pay for best teachers & those at most-needed schools

Q: What are your views on merit pay for teachers?

HEALEY: I have two proposals around merit pay. I'd like to test our kids in the beginning of the year and the end of the year to help identify who really are our best teachers and I'd love to give them merit pay. The other thing I'd like to do is give incentives of additional pay to our best teachers to go and teach in the schools where they're needed most, in our schools that have been identified as under-performing.

Source: 2006 MA Gubernatorial debate on Fox News with Chris Wallace Sep 25, 2006

Strong backer of more charter schools

Healey's campaign says she is a strong backer of charter schools and supports lifting the cap limiting the amount towns can spend on them. "She thinks they are a great asset to Massachusetts," a spokesperson says. Healey sends her two children to private school. She said she made the decision "because I want my kids to be in an environment where they can talk about values in a way that you can't always do in a public school setting, and I want uniforms and a very structured environment for my kids."
Source: Boston Globe Issue Outlines: Education Jun 3, 2006

Raise mandatory age to 18 with incentives to stay in school

Q: What are your educational reform proposals?

A: I would propose to raise the mandatory age of school attendance to 18, and in conjunction with that, a number of changes would have to be made to accommodate the fully 20% of kids who drop out state-wide, so it's school attendance or graduation until 18. And, in order to do that, we would have to put a much greater focus on alternative education. Perhaps schools that operate at night, for those kids who need to work during the day to help support their families. Schools that provide day-care as well, for those young people who are young parents, who are taking care of their kids. We're going to have to provide different vocational education for kids who don't really like the academic curriculum and are not looking to go on and go to higher education. So, together, we're simply raising the age. There are a number of other steps that you need to take to hold the interest of those kids who would otherwise drop out.

Source: Boston Globe interview with Kerry Healey Apr 26, 2006

Higher percent of spending in classrooms & teachers

Q: What about education funding?

A: I'd like to be spending more of our dollars in the classroom. I would like to see 70% of our Chapter 70 dollars spent in the classroom. Right now, we spend about 64% of our education dollars in the classroom.

Q: When you say used in the classroom, is that for teacher raises?

A: That could be teacher salaries, but it could also be for books and equipment, and technology. Anything that enhances the experience in the classroom.

Source: Boston Globe interview with Kerry Healey Apr 26, 2006

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AK Frank Murkowski
AL Bob Riley
AR Mike Huckabee
AZ Janet Napolitano
CA Arnold Schwarzenegger
CO Bill Owens
CT Jodi Rell
DE Ruth Ann Minner
FL Jeb Bush
GA Sonny Perdue
HI Linda Lingle
IA Tom Vilsack
ID Dirk Kempthorne
IL Rod Blagojevich
IN Mitch Daniels
KS Kathleen Sebelius
KY Ernie Fletcher
LA Kathleen Blanco
MA Mitt Romney
MD Bob Ehrlich
ME John Baldacci
MI Jennifer Granholm
MN Tim Pawlenty
MO Matt Blunt
MS Haley Barbour
MT Brian Schweitzer
NC Mike Easley
ND John Hoeven
NE Dave Heineman
NH John Lynch
NJ Jon Corzine
NM Bill Richardson
NV Kenny Guinn
NY George Pataki
OH Bob Taft
OK Brad Henry
OR Ted Kulongoski
PA Ed Rendell
RI Don Carcieri
SC Mark Sanford
SD Mike Rounds
TN Phil Bredesen
TX Rick Perry
UT Jon Huntsman
VA Tim Kaine
VT Jim Douglas
WA Christine Gregoire
WI Jim Doyle
WV Joe Manchin III
WY Dave Freudenthal
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