State of California secondary Archives: on Education

Alex Padilla: Voted to better protect student athletes

Expanding educational opportunity: He passed bills to bridge the digital divide, expand access to college, help English Language Learners reach language proficiency, and better protect student athletes.
Source: 2021 CA Senate campaign website Oct 5, 2021

Barbara Boxer: $1.2 billion to save the jobs of 16,500 California teachers

Much of the debate focused on the economy and illustrated the clear choice for voters between Boxer's call for greater government intervention and Fiorina's advocacy of a bevy of tax cuts that she said would give businesses more freedom to hire and expand.

Boxer accused Fiorina of opposing every recent job-creation effort in the Senate, including an education bill that provided California with $1.2 billion to save the jobs of 16,500 teachers, and a bill that would increase access to credit and extended tax breaks for small businesses. "Every time you really get past the surface, you see my opponent fighting for billionaires, for millionaires, for companies that shipped jobs overseas," Boxer said.

Fiorina said that the key to economic recovery was less government, taxation and regulation. "To create jobs, we need to make sure in particular our small businesses are freed from strangling regulation and freed from taxation," Fiorina said.

Source: Los Angeles Times coverage of 2010 CA Senate Debate Sep 2, 2010

Bill Simon: Don’t allow children to be trapped in failing schools

Q: Is sub-par education in big-city public schools institutionalized racism or just a sad coincidence?

A: We cannot continue to allow our children - a disproportionate amount of which are minorities - to be trapped in failing schools. I have outlined a plan that encouraged flexibility for teachers and parents, so that no child is stuck in a classroom that does not teach. The current system allows failing schools to opt out of accountability programs. That is not acceptable.

Source: Eastern Groups Publications, CA Gov. Q&A, with Raul Vasquez Nov 2, 2002

David Hadley: Let military families choose any public school district

Hadley wrote a new law allowing military families to seek enrollment of their children in the public school district of their choice. Also, he supports multiple career education pathways and co-sponsored the bill allowing the Southern California Regional Occupational Center to participate in a grant program that improves job skills. He co-authored legislation reforming teacher tenure by stopping the "last in, first out" process for teacher layoffs.
Source: 2018 CA gubernatorial campaign website May 2, 2017

Delaine Eastin: In 1965, California led American education; we can do better

It is clear that today we can do better. In K-12 education in 1965 we were tied with New York, at 5th of the 50 states in per pupil spending, with student outcomes to match. College was affordable & the state was booming. California can and should lead America with innovative solutions to real life challenges that start with a dedication to the education of our children. That is why I am running for Governor.

I know California can do better. There is a saying "as goes California, so goes the country," but we have dramatically increased our funding of prisons while our investment in schools continues to drop compared to the rest of the nation, and we have neglected to plan for new colleges and universities, while raising tuition and fees, which is certainly not the direction I think any of us would consciously support. When I hear about the increasing number of students at all education levels who are homeless, for example, I know we must do better.

Source: 2018 CA Governor campaign website May 2, 2017

Delaine Eastin: Combined higher education and K-12 schools into one bond

In the Assembly she chaired the Education Committee and sponsored major legislation to reform California's education system. Eastin authored the first school bond that combined higher education and K-12 schools into one bond. These bonds helped pay for new schools at all education levels as well as fixing and modernizing old schools. Delaine advocated for proven programs that work--universal preschool and full-day mandatory kindergarten. "We still do not fund these programs today. When states like Georgia can find a way to fund pre-school, but California can't--I know we can do better."

She ran for State Superintendent of Public Instruction in 1994 and overcame the Republican wave to become the first--and to date only--woman to serve in that position. She served two terms from 1995-2003 under two different Governors--one Republican and one Democrat. Eastin oversaw a staff of over 3,000 and a budget that incorporated over 40% of the state budget.

Source: 2018 CA Governor campaign website May 2, 2017

Delaine Eastin: Oppose Prop 187 targeting immigrant students in classrooms

Eastin championed public libraries, wiring schools for technology, and stronger technical and vocational training for students. She worked to create statewide standards and systems to increase accountability. "I worked with Governor Pete Wilson to successfully reduce class sizes in every K-3 class in California, but opposed his misguided use of Prop 187 that would have seen us target immigrant students in our classrooms. I'll stand up to Donald Trump and his divisive, misguided policies."
Source: 2018 CA Governor campaign website May 2, 2017

Doug Ose: More emphasis on standardized tests to ensure proficiency

As part of his gubernatorial campaign, Ose is focused on homelessness, crime and schools. He would put more emphasis on standardized tests to ensure students are proficient in reading, writing and math.
Source: Sacramento Bee on 2021 CA recall race Jan 23, 2018

Doug Ose: College shouldn't be free; it undermines its intrinsic value

[On tuition reimbursement] "I don't believe college should be free. I think if you give something away, it undermines its intrinsic value," Ose told the Guardian. "If every young person who is a freshman in high school knew that they could get into any college for free, they receive the message that they don't have to work very hard to get into college."

"What I'm more concerned about is getting away from a merit-based admissions policy into something that is a more 'politically correct' substitute," he said. "I don't think that's what the UC system was designed to do. The UC system, in my mind, was to provide a place where our best and our brightest, regardless of ethnic or racial background, just simply our best and our brightest could go to get add-on skills that would drive the economy for the next generation."

Source: The UCSD Guardian on 2021 CA recall race Feb 19, 2018

Doug Ose: COVID: Newsom sided with unions to close public schools

[On coronavirus]: "Do as I say, not as I do. That's how Gavin Newsom operates. Newsom sided with the unions to close your kids' public schools while his children were in their classrooms. Newsom dined in California's fanciest restaurant while telling you and me to stay sheltered at home and supported lockdowns that destroyed mom and pop businesses," Ose said in a campaign ad.
Source: The Hill e-zine on 2021 CA recall race Mar 16, 2021

Gail Lightfoot: STEM education is important for science advancement

Q: How important do you think education and training in science, technology, engineering and mathematics is to U.S. competitiveness and our future economic prosperity?

Lightfoot selected, "Very important."

Lightfoot added, "Rapid advancement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics mean a greater understanding of the same will be needed by individuals in the future. Keeping up will be a challenge that our young people will embrace naturally, given the opportunity."

Source: Your Candidates Your Health profile: 2012 CA Senate debates Jun 15, 2012

Gray Davis: CA schools are bad, but headed in the right direction

Q: Is sub-par education in big-city public schools institutionalized racism or just a sad coincidence?

A: Education affects all people, but obviously, because of the disproportionate number of Latinos in public schools, what we do overwhelmingly affects Latinos. Something happened in the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s. There was busing, there was Prop 13; and by the time I became governor, California schools ranked 50th, or 48th at best.

We've invested 34% more money in the schools. We have money for low performing schools, and for schools that do well. The good news is that test scores are up, not once, but four years in a row. English language learners in Los Angeles are doing disproportionately better than their counterparts. That means we've got this thing headed in the right direction.

Source: Eastern Groups Publications, CA Gov. Q&A, with Raul Vasquez Nov 2, 2002

Jimmy Gomez: Public college education should be debt free

Jimmy was the beneficiary of a public education and attended community college and UCLA. He believes that students should not graduate from school with crushing debt, and that a public college education should be debt free. Jimmy also supports investing in resources for teacher training and retention programs through loan forgiveness.
Source: 2017 CA House campaign website, Jun 6, 2017

Jimmy Gomez: Vouchers take resources out of public education

Jimmy will fight the DeVos agenda to take resources out of public education through vouchers, and is committed to protecting funding for community colleges, vocational education, universities, public schools (including libraries, museums, arts education and STEM), IDEA programs and Head Start so that every child has access to a quality education.
Source: 2017 CA House campaign website, Jun 6, 2017

Jimmy Panetta: Focus on expanding pre-K and early education

Late last year, Congress finally scrapped the No Child Left Behind policy that burdened our schools with federal regulations but provided no funding to make our schools better. Jimmy is committed to making sure the Every School Succeeds Act (ESSA) achieves its goals of providing opportunity to every child, reducing the overreliance on standardized testing, and bringing educators into the decision-making process. He will also fight to fund Head Start--which since its inception in 1965--has given over 32 million low-income children educational, nutritional and health opportunities.

He will also focus on expanding pre-K and early education options for families and improving the Migrant Education Program to help immigrant children meet the challenges of enrolling in American schools. Jimmy's goal is to establish national service programs that provide educational benefits to those willing to serve the nation.

Source: 2016 CA House campaign website Nov 8, 2016

Jimmy Panetta: Make higher education both accessible and affordable

For those interested in college, Jimmy is committed to making higher education both accessible and affordable. Jimmy attended Monterey Peninsula Community College (MPC). He knows firsthand the impact our community colleges can make by giving students the academic foundation, job training and skills for a path to success. That appreciation led Jimmy to give back to MPC through his work as the chair of the MPC Citizens Bond Oversight Committee. Jimmy also [worked with] the University of California at Santa Cruz to help ensure that high school students from Salinas were exposed to and, ultimately, attended that world-class university. Jimmy worked on the deal for California State University at Monterey Bay (CSUMB) to purchase the NSC building in order to help that amazing university reach the students of the Salinas Valley. In Congress, Jimmy is committed to making college loans more affordable and finding innovative ways to help students reduce their debt.
Source: 2016 CA House campaign website Nov 8, 2016

John Cox: I am a school choice advocate; I will push to end tenure

I am a school choice advocate and supporter of charter schools--parents and students deserve a choice in their students' education. I will also promote merit-based pay for teachers and administrators, and I will push to end tenure. I want teachers to be paid more, but that higher pay must be tied to actual results.
Source: Campaign website for 2021 CA recall race Feb 15, 2021

John Melendez: Lower college tuition, equal access

I will fight for lower college tuition because our children are the dreamers who will help shape this planet into a better place. Future generations must be given equal opportunities for a higher education, regardless of the size of one's bank account.
Source: 2018 CA Senate campaign website Aug 1, 2017

Kevin Faulconer: Better teacher salaries, give them tools they need

Kevin will get our K-12 students back to school safely, using proven science. He will provide teachers with better salaries and give them the tools they need to do the job, keeping careful track of performance so we can better target resources and continuously improve student achievement. He will make sure that every student--regardless of race, ethnicity, income, or disability--gets the education they need and deserve.
Source: Campaign website for 2021 CA recall race Feb 14, 2021

Kevin Faulconer: COVID: School closings not based on science

[On coronavirus restrictions in schools]: "There is no reason why California should be the last state to open our public schools," Faulconer told Fox News. "There is absolutely no valid excuse." Faulconer says it's Newsom "who has allowed this to happen," which points to "a failure of leadership and allowing this to happen not based on science."
Source: Fox News on 2021 CA recall race Apr 1, 2021

Kevin Faulconer: Take a firm stance with teachers unions over COVID closures

Q: The state's teachers unions played a role in the prolonged closures. Would you have moved to suspend collective bargaining?

Faulconer: I don't think it would be necessary if we had a governor with stronger leadership skills. Newsom never engaged and took a firm stance with the unions, at a time the state was crying out for that type of strong approach. But he kept deferring and not providing the leadership people needed.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle on 2021 CA recall race Mar 24, 2021

Kevin Paffrath: Racial disparities in education due to a despair mindset

Paffrath distinguishes himself as the only Democrat on the ballot with a sizable fanbase. But he isn't a party loyalist. He supports the recall and he described Newsom's spending priorities as "a crime" and his anti-recall campaign "disgraceful." Paffrath also supports the right of gun owners to carry concealed weapons and partially attributes racial disparities in education to a "despair mindset" in Black and Latino communities.
Source: Cal Matters on 2021 CA recall race Aug 25, 2021

Larry Elder: Schools need to purge bad teachers, they inflict damage

[On K-12 schools]: "Parents are concerned that the kids cannot read and write at grade level, they're concerned about violence in the schools, and they want to have an option out," Elder said. Those same parents, he argued, "want to make sure their kids come out of school and are able to compete for a job."

Schools need to purge bad teachers, he urged, arguing that the "worst teachers are inflicting damage on the kids that need good teachers the most."

Source: Fox News on 2021 CA recall race Jul 22, 2021

Laura Smith: Stop stealing for super-inflated administrative salaries

California's education system requires immediate revamping of its operations, including incorporating a respectable education for our youth from Pre--K through 12th grades. Foundational subjects of math, balanced and truthful science, English, reading comprehension, music, arts, and ROP trades must be geared towards full pre-occupational readiness in real-world private sector industries.

When I went to Pre--K through 6th grade, my teachers always had the finances for the necessary basic supplies and special projects. Never were my parents required to shell out money during those years to pay for paper, pencils, erasers, staplers, staples, art supplies, etc. Today, corrupt politicians of California have stolen the money to pay "administrative" costs, better known as unjustified, super--inflated salaries for top education administrative officials.

Source: 2022 CA Governor campaign site Aug 2, 2021

Laura Smith: Investigate universities for fraud, misappropriation

Universities and colleges on public taxpayer funds need to be investigated for misappropriation of taxes. College students have accumulated insurmountable debt through school loans and are charged numerous fees for services they do not need or receive, yet our incompetent government claims there is no money for the schools. Our education system and the politicians' management of these institutions must be investigated for fraud and serious repercussions administered for violations.
Source: 2022 CA Governor campaign site Aug 2, 2021

Lily Zhou: Give parents more choices, merit-based tenure for teachers

The next generation must be prepared to compete in the new global marketplace. As the next U.S. Senator, Lily will work to improve education by giving parents and children more choices and requiring merit-based tenure for teachers.
Source: 2021 CA Senate campaign website

Nanette Barragan: Free-to-low-cost education for college or trade school

We need to make college more affordable for everyone. Rising tuition rates and excessive student loan rates make college nearly impossible to pay for these days. Congress must recognize that community colleges, trade schools, and universities can transform lives. Higher education lifts up communities and helps end the cycle of poverty. Students should never have to turn down a college degree because of their financial status.

Nanette's educational priorities include making college more affordable. Nanette herself came out of college then law school with a lot of debt that impacted her ability to choose what type of jobs she could afford or not afford to take. Every child deserves the opportunity to attain a college degree; in the future, we should provide free-to-low-cost education to students who want an education. For those prefer trade schools and skills, we need to make sure they have access and affordable training.

Source: 2016 CA House campaign website Nov 8, 2016

Nanette Barragan: Public education is a right--not a privilege for the wealthy

Education is the foundation of our nation. It's a right -- not just a privilege afforded to America's wealthy. We must be dedicated to strengthening early education in order to provide our nation's youth with the schooling they deserve. Every child in America should have a pathway to success through an outstanding educational experience. That is one reason Nanette dedicated pro bono hours as a child rights advocate to ensure children's special educational needs were met.

Education is the one of Nanette's top priorities because she firmly believes it is the number one equalizer. Nanette is a product of public schools. Her story of beating the odds and success today is something she credits because of her opportunity to get an education.

Nanette's educational priorities include making sure early childhood education is funded and available to communities of all backgrounds, especially low-income communities of color that have the biggest disadvantage in our educational system.

Source: 2016 CA House campaign website Nov 8, 2016

Newt Gingrich: I liked charter school programs in Obama's Race to the Top

Q: You supported "Race to the Top," the Obama administration education program. What did you like about it?

GINGRICH: I liked very much the fact that it talked about charter schools. It's the one place I found to agree with President Obama. If every parent in America had a choice of the school their child went to, if that school had to report its scores, if there was a real opportunity, you'd have a dramatic improvement. My personal preference would be to have a Pell Grant for K-12 so that every parent could pick, with their child, any school they wanted to send them to, public or private, and enable them to have the choice. I don't think you're ever going to reform the current bureaucracies. And the president, I thought, was showing some courage in taking on the teacher's union to some extent and offering charter schools, and I wanted, frankly, to encourage more development towards choice.

Source: 2011 GOP debate in Simi Valley CA at the Reagan Library Sep 7, 2011

Peter Camejo: Pay teachers more than prison guards

Q: Is sub-par education in big-city public schools institutionalized racism or just a sad coincidence?

A: The educational system really can turn into institutionalized racism because of the heavy concentration of African Americans and Latinos. The solution is to reclaim a place to have equal funding. One thing is that teachers should get increase pay. They should get more than what prison guards get. I would try to shift the money out of the education bureaucracy and to the front lines.

Source: Eastern Groups Publications, CA Gov. Q&A, with Raul Vasquez Nov 2, 2002

Rick Perry: We reduced school spending in TX and raised graduation rates

Q: Your state ranks among the worst in the country in high school graduation rates, yet you recently signed a budget cut for millions in education funding. You pushed for greater cuts than were in the budget that the legislature passed. You've said that education is a top priority, but explain cutting it the way you did, please?

PERRY: Well, I think the reductions that we made were thoughtful reductions, and the fact of the matter is, Texas has made great progress in the 10 years that I've been governor, from the standpoint of our graduation rates now are up to 84%, higher than they've been during any period of time before that. We're making progress. When you share the border with Mexico, and when you have as many individuals that we have coming into the state of Texas, we have a unique situation in our state. But the fact is, I stand by a record from what we've done with the resources that we've had, and I think that the reductions that we put in place were absorbed by our schools.

Source: 2011 GOP debate in Simi Valley CA at the Reagan Library Sep 7, 2011

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Sen.Ted Cruz(TX)
Carly Fiorina(CA)
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Gov.Martin O`Malley(MD)
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Sen.Jim Webb(VA)

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Roseanne Barr(PF-HI)
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