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Charlie Baker on Education

 


Increase charter, magnet, and alternative public schools

I have a personal investment in our state's education system. I attended Needham Public Schools. My three children are products of Swampscott Public Schools. I served on the Massachusetts Board of Education.

To meet tomorrow's economic challenges; Massachusetts must put students and teachers first. I believe our school system must put aside the politics, and promote accountability, flexibility, performance and innovation.

I believe education is a civil right. As Governor, I will focus on closing the educational achievement gap among underprivileged and minority students, because every student deserves the opportunity to compete and succeed in the future. Not one, single child in Massachusetts should be trapped in an underperforming school.

We should expand public school choice by increasing the number of charter, magnet, and alternative schools, because meeting the promise of our next generation begins with strengthening Massachusetts' public schools.

Source: 2010 gubernatorial campaign website, charliebaker2010.com , Nov 1, 2010

Teachers' unions put their own interests above students'

With teachers' unions in Bridgewater &Raynham attempting to block volunteers from keeping the school library open, Charlie Baker on said the situation is emblematic of how unions and special interests have too much power across the state and on Beacon Hill. The teachers' union in Bridgewater and Raynham is locked in a battle with the school officials and parent advocates who are trying to find a way to keep the library open after budget cuts, despite recent local property tax overrides and $1 million in federal stimulus money to the schools.

"This is the mentality union bosses have been able to get away with under Governor Patrick," said Baker. "It is outrageous that the unions would put their own interests above what is right for the students." The Massachusetts Teachers' Association has been helping to fund attack ads against Baker, trying to distort his record and attacking him for pledging not to raise taxes if elected.

Source: 2010 gubernatorial campaign website press release , Oct 12, 2010

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