Don Berwick on Education



Student loan forgiveness for grads entering some professions

Avellone and Coakley said they would support student loan forgiveness for graduates entering certain professions, while Grossman called for a four-year tuition freeze at public universities and Berwick said making health care affordable will help graduates pay their loans. Several also noted their support for U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren's bill, pushed by the president on Monday, to allow students to refinance their education loans at lower rates.
Source: WWLP 22-News on 2014 Massachusetts gubernatorial debate , Jun 10, 2014

Increase "in-district" charter schools; but not for-profit

Putting results first--I am more concerned with the success of our students than with governance structures. Massachusetts' charter schools have demonstrated achievements that can serve as laboratories whose results inform mainstream public education. I will continue and modestly expand them, but only under strict requirements around selection procedures to assure that charter schools serve students representative of the overall student population, and only if the lessons they learn and the models they develop are readily accessible to the full public education system. I would also increase the proportion of "in-district" charter schools in order to keep resources in the public school systems. I oppose for-profit charter schools.
Source: 2014 Gubernatorial campaign website, BerwickForGovernor.com , Feb 1, 2014

Absolutely universal access to the best schooling

Major inequities exist among schools--especially between those in wealthy and disadvantaged communities, and I am committed to closing those gaps. Education in Massachusetts should be world class, across the board, and accessible to all.

Our overall school performance is good, but too many are getting left out. We need a new wave of uncompromising commitment to absolutely universal access to the best schooling and related supports.

Source: 2014 Gubernatorial campaign website, BerwickForGovernor.com , Feb 1, 2014

Teachers are not the problem; they are the solution

Berwick said in a statement, "Teachers want to be agents of improvement, and I will ensure that they have every resource and support necessary to be that. In health care, commerce, and education, alike, excellence surfaces only in institutional cultures built on teamwork, collaboration, and total involvement, not on 'carrot-and-stick' management or enforced compliance with simplistic standards. Teachers are not the problem; they are the solution."

From 2000 to 2013 there have been cuts to the budget for higher education by 31%. Berwick plans on working on innovative solutions to raise college completion rates in low income communities. He also plans on creating more support in vocational and technical programs in high school and community colleges and wants to make available in-state tuition rates for undocumented residents. Berwick stated, "Education in Massachusetts should be world class, across the board, and accessible to all."

Source: BostInnovation on 2014 Massachusetts Governor race , Jan 28, 2014

Other governors on Education: Don Berwick on other issues:
MA Gubernatorial:
Bill Weld
Charlie Baker
Dan Wolf
Deval Patrick
Karyn Polito
Martha Coakley
Marty Walsh
Richard Tisei
Steve Grossman
Tom Menino
Warren Tolman
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)
Newly-elected 2014:
AK-I: Bill Walker
AR-R: Asa Hutchinson
AZ-R: Doug Ducey
IL-R: Bruce Rauner
MA-R: Charlie Baker
MD-R: Larry Hogan
NE-R: Pete Ricketts
PA-D: Tom Wolf
RI-D: Gina Raimondo
TX-R: Greg Abbott

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
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Term-Limited or Retiring 2014:
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