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Mike Beebe on Education

Democratic Governor


Teach science and math using new, national methods

We have a new statewide initiative called STEM Works that will change the way we teach science, technology, engineering and math in Arkansas's schools. The goal is make Arkansas more competitive for high-wage jobs in a global economy. Many children are familiar with computers before they even begin school, but we teach using the same methods we have used for centuries. STEM Works will use new methods already producing results in classrooms across the country and around the world.
Source: Arkansas 2011 gubernatorial press release #3038 , Aug 18, 2011

Propose additional funding for students with special needs

I propose approximately $19 million in additional revenue for public education above that recommended by the education committees. This support will be devoted to school districts & students with special needs. Education is not a process that should end at the schoolhouse door. It is about continuous, lifelong learning. We provide ARKids First for children in need of health care so they can lead healthy lives, and pre-K education to at-risk children to help them begin school ready to learn.
Source: 2004 State of the State Address , Jan 10, 2007

Encourage parents & state employees to volunteer at schools

We’ll create partnerships with industry to expand opportunities for parents or guardians to be able to attend parent-teacher conferences and volunteer at their children’s schools with paid leave. That means leading by example. We will propose, by legislation or rule, as appropriate, to permit state employees in the executive branch one day of paid leave each year to volunteer in their children’s schools or attend parent-teacher conferences.
Source: 2004 State of the State Address , Jan 10, 2007

Plan for ensuring teacher quality

Source: 2006 Gubernatorial website, www.mikebeebe.com, “Issues” , Nov 7, 2006

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Newly seated 2013:
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NC: Pat McCrory (R)
NH: Maggie Hassan (D)
MT: Steve Bullock (D)
WA: Jay Inslee (D)

Re-elected 2012:
DE: Jack Markell (D)
MO: Jay Nixon (D)
ND: Jack Dalrymple (R)
UT: Gary Herbert (R)
VT: Peter Shumlin (D)
WI: Scott Walker (R)
WV: Earl Ray Tomblin (D)

Up for election 2013:
NJ-R: Chris Christie
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VA: Bob McDonnell(Retiring)
VA-R: Ken Cuccinelli
VA-D: Terry McAuliffe
Up for re-election 2014:
AK: Sean Parnell
AL: Robert Bentley
AR: Mike Beebe
AZ: Jan Brewer
CA: Jerry Brown
CO: John Hickenlooper
CT: Dan Malloy
FL: Rick Scott
GA: Nathan Deal
HI: Neil Abercrombie
IA: Terry Branstad
ID: Butch Otter
IL: Pat Quinn
KS: Sam Brownback
MA: Deval Patrick
MD: Martin O'Malley
ME: Paul LePage
MI: Rick Snyder
MN: Mark Dayton
NH: Maggie Hassan
NM: Susana Martinez
NV: Brian Sandoval
NY: Andrew Cuomo
OH: John Kasich
OK: Mary Fallin
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PA: Tom Corbett
RI: Linc Chafee
SC: Nikki Haley
SD: Dennis Daugaard
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VT: Peter Shumlin
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