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Steve Grossman on Education

Former Chair of DNC; Democratic Challenger MA Governor


More funding for K-12 & public higher education

Steve recognizes that educational achievement is the pathway to long-term economic growth and security. Steve will advocate for more funding for K-12 education along with increased funding for public higher education. He will also work to reduce class sizes and implement a longer school day.

Steve will place greater emphasis on investing in our vocational-technical high schools, which are central to our plan to enhance advanced and precision manufacturing.

Steve wants to take every child off the waiting list for pre-K and provide those children too often left behind--children with a single parent, children from immigrant families, and children from low-income families-- with the resources they need to get ahead.

Source: 2014 Mass. gubernatorial campaign website, SteveGrossman.com , Dec 20, 2013

Universities should invest in student housing

Steve believes that universities have a greater role to play in alleviating pressure on the housing market. Boston’s 35 colleges and universities provide housing for fewer than 30,000 of their 135,000 students, leaving the rest to compete for space in the neighborhoods. An investment that amounted to a tiny percentage of the endowments of these institutions would go a long way towards solving this problem.
Source: Campaign web site, Grossman2002.com , Dec 7, 2001

Universal access to pre-school for all 3 & 4-year-olds

Steve wants to promote literacy from the earliest years and make sure every child starts school ready to learn. He believes that we ought to have as our goal universal access to a quality pre-school education for every 3- and 4-year-old, as they have in the state of Georgia. But in Massachusetts we don’t even have universal access to full-day kindergarten. We must do better than that if we’re going to require our kids to perform at the levels we expect of them by the time they finish school.
Source: Campaign web site, Grossman2002.com , Dec 7, 2001

Teacher Corps: free UMass degree for 5 years of teaching

Steve is proposing a 21st Century Teacher Corps. It’s modeled on the military service academies. Steve believes that we ought to aggressively market the teaching profession to high schools students, and provide the most qualified, committed candidates with a scholarship in an amount up to the total cost of a four-year education at UMass. They could use it at any college in the country - provided they committed to return to Massachusetts and teach in a public school for at least five years.
Source: Campaign web site, Grossman2002.com , Dec 7, 2001

Help more families save for college

The earnings gap continues to widen between college graduates and those without any college education. The “new economy” workforce must adapt to new technologies and upgrade its knowledge and skills all the time. People change jobs much more frequently than they used to-willingly or not-and those with the most up-to-date knowledge and skills are usually the winners. Steve wants to help more families save for college, and to ensure that every citizen who wants it has access to higher education.
Source: Campaign web site, Grossman2002.com , Dec 7, 2001

More focus on Adult Education and ESL

Almost 20% of adults in Mass. are functionally illiterate, and more than 20% do not have a high school diploma. Steve believes strongly that adult basic education - adult diploma programs, English as a Second Language, other basic skills training - should be a much more central part of our education and economic development strategies.
Source: Campaign web site, Grossman2002.com , Dec 7, 2001

Partner community colleges with local businesses

Steve supports an initiative to provide incentives to community colleges to create partnerships with local businesses that tailor course offerings and certificate programs to their needs. This happens to varying degrees at individual institutions now, but we should be building a strong, coherent network of training and retraining programs in this state.
Source: Campaign web site, Grossman2002.com , Dec 7, 2001

Address skills gap: partner colleges with local businesses

A comprehensive economic development strategy must address the skills gap, which employers in Massachusetts say again and again is their biggest problem - they just can’t find enough people with the right combinations of skills for the jobs they have available. The linchpin of a New Economy economic development strategy ought to be Massachusetts’ excellent higher education system.

Incentives should be provided to community colleges, for example, to create partnerships with local businesses that tailor course offerings and certificate programs to their needs. This happens to varying degrees at individual institutions now, but we should be building a strong, coherent network of training and retraining programs in this state.

Source: Boston Business Journal, Op-Ed, “Economic Strategy” , Nov 12, 1999

Community colleges should partner with local business

Incentives should be provided to community colleges, for example, to create partnerships with local businesses that tailor course offerings and certificate programs to their needs.
Source: Boston Business Journal op-ed , Nov 1, 1999

Other governors on Education: Steve Grossman on other issues:
MA Gubernatorial:
Bill Weld
Charlie Baker
Dan Wolf
Deval Patrick
Don Berwick
Karyn Polito
Martha Coakley
Marty Walsh
Tom Menino
MA Senatorial:
Brian Herr
Bruce Skarin
Ed Markey
Elizabeth Warren
Gabriel Gomez
John Kerry
Martha Coakley
Mo Cowan

Gubernatorial Debates 2014:
AL: Bentley(R) vs.Griffith(D)
AR: Ross(D) vs.Hutchinson(R) vs.Griffin(R,Lt.Gov.)
AZ: Ducey(R) vs.DuVal(D) vs.Mealer(AE) vs.Gilbert(L) vs.Riggs(R)
CA: Brown(D) vs.Kashkari(R)
CO: Hickenlooper(D) vs.Beauprez(R) vs.Tancredo(R) vs.Hess(L)
CT: Malloy(D) vs.Foley(R) vs.Walker(R,Lt.Gov.)
FL: Scott(R) vs.Crist(D) vs.Snitker(L,Lt.Gov.)
GA: Deal(R) vs.Carter(D) vs.Hunt(L)
HI: Ige(D) vs.Aiona(R) vs.Abercrombie(D)
IA: Branstad(R) vs.Hatch(D) vs.Hoefling(R)
MA: Coakley(D) vs.Baker(R) &Polito(R,Lt.Gov.) vs.Grossman(D) vs.Berwick(D)
ME: LePage(R) vs.Michaud(D) vs.Cutler(I)
MI: Snyder(R) vs.Schauer(D)
NM: Martinez(R) vs.King(D)
NY: Cuomo(D) &Hochul(D,Lt.Gov.) vs.Astorino(R) vs.Hawkins(G) vs.Teachout(D)
OK: Fallin(R) vs.Dorman(D)
PA: Corbett(R) vs.Wolf(D) vs.Schwartz(D,lost primary) vs.Critz(D,Lt.Gov.,lost primary)
Up for re-election 2014:
AK-R: Sean Parnell
AL-R: Robert Bentley
CA-D: Jerry Brown
CO-D: John Hickenlooper
CT-D: Dan Malloy
FL-R: Rick Scott
GA-R: Nathan Deal
HI-D: Neil Abercrombie
IA-R: Terry Branstad
ID-R: Butch Otter
IL-D: Pat Quinn
KS-R: Sam Brownback
ME-R: Paul LePage
MI-R: Rick Snyder
MN-D: Mark Dayton
NH-D: Maggie Hassan
NM-R: Susana Martinez
NV-R: Brian Sandoval
NY-D: Andrew Cuomo
OH-R: John Kasich
OK-R: Mary Fallin
OR-D: John Kitzhaber
PA-R: Tom Corbett
SC-R: Nikki Haley
SD-R: Dennis Daugaard
TN-R: Bill Haslam
VT-D: Peter Shumlin
WI-R: Scott Walker
WY-R: Matt Mead

Term-Limited or Retiring 2014:
AR-D: Mike Beebe
AZ-R: Jan Brewer
MA-D: Deval Patrick
MD-D: Martin O'Malley
RI-I: Linc Chafee
TX-R: Rick Perry
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Election 2013:
New Jersey:
NJ-R: Chris Christie (won)
NJ-D: Barbara Buono (lost)
Virginia:
VA-R: Bob McDonnell(Retiring)
VA-R: Ken Cuccinelli (lost)
VA-D: Terry McAuliffe (won)

 

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