State of North Carolina secondary Archives: on Education

Roy Cooper: 4,700 additional Pre-K slots for at-risk 4-year olds

As I have traveled the width and breadth of North Carolina, it doesn't matter where I am or who I'm talking to, people want us to make education better. When I'm recruiting a business to come here, the first thing they ask is whether North Carolina has the workers skilled enough to fill the jobs they create.

I've laid out aggressive goals to make North Carolina a Top Ten Educated State by 2025--emphasizing early childhood education, increasing enrollment in pre-kindergarten, improving our high school graduation rate and increasing the percentage of adults with a higher education degree.

My budget creates nearly 4,700 additional Pre-Kindergarten slots to eliminate the wait-list of at-risk four year olds. Getting more kids in pre-K means they'll arrive at school ready to learn. It's the foundation for a lifetime of success, showing economic and health benefits well beyond their pre-K years. And it allows both parents to stay in the workforce, a necessity for many North Carolina families.

Source: 2017 North Carolina State of the State address Mar 13, 2017

Roy Cooper: NC GROW: Getting Ready for Opportunities in the Workforce

In my talks with business owners, I hear time and again that they have job openings, but can't find workers with the skills necessary to fill them. We know the problem and we have the answer: educated workers with high-tech critical thinking skills, earned at our high schools, community colleges and universities.

To give people in the middle class more opportunity to afford higher education, let's pass a workforce program we call NC GROW- Getting Ready for Opportunities in the Workforce. It means free community college--a scholarship to cover last-dollar tuition and fees for recent high school graduates to attend a North Carolina community college.

To earn it, young people have to make good grades and apply for already-existing scholarships, loans and grant programs. It's an idea that Republican and Democratic governors alike have supported in other states. We can make it a bipartisan reality here in North Carolina.

Source: 2017 North Carolina State of the State address Mar 13, 2017

Ted Budd: Parents choose what's best: public, private, or homeschool

Every child deserves an education that makes the most of their God-given talent. Parents should have an opportunity to educate their child in the best public, private, or homeschool environment that they choose. Programs like Common Core illustrate the absurdity of putting Washington DC bureaucrats in charge of classrooms, instead of parents, teachers, and principals.
Source: 2016 North Carolina House campaign website Nov 8, 2016

Deborah Ross: Make first two years of community college free

Q: On Student Debt: Refinance student loans at lower rates, paid for by increasing taxes on high earners?

Burr: No. Supported bills to simplify repayment, but opposed expanding subsidies to support refinancing.

Ross: Yes. Supports refinancing student loan debt, reining in private for-profit colleges, & making first two years of community college free.

Q: On Student Financial Aid: Should federal student financial aid, like Pell Grants, be increased?

Burr: No

Ross: Yes

Source: CampusElect Voter Guide to 2016 North Carolina Senate race Oct 9, 2016

Ken Spaulding: Private school vouchers will re-segregate our public schools

Spaulding said he welcomed criticism on school choice from Gov. Pat McCrory's re-election campaign: "While Gov. Pat McCrory supports privatizing and weakening North Carolina's public schools at the taxpayers' expense I support strengthening our public schools through better funding and better teacher pay," Spaulding said. "Taxpayer dollars being used for `private' school vouchers is an admission by the governor that he wants to take children out of public schools instead of enhancing our public schools. We should make our public schools so competitive that private school children would be seeking to return to our public schools. The Governor's approach to public education is leading to the re-segregation of our public schools. So no, I will not stop fighting for our public schools and our school teachers. I will oppose the governor and any of his attempts to weaken North Carolina's public school system and the many young children who are being served."
Source: News-Observer on 2016 North Carolina gubernatorial race Jan 26, 2016

Pat McCrory: Expand school choice, charter schools and home schools

Gov. Pat McCrory's re-election campaign singled out primary contender Ken Spaulding. McCrory's email touted his expansion of charter schools and support of home schools: "But while we're focused on helping students and families, Democrats like Ken Spaulding and special interest groups predictably have been attacking school choice both inside and outside the courtroom to selfishly advance their own power and motives," McCrory said.

Spaulding said he welcomed the criticism: "Taxpayer dollars being used for `private' school vouchers is an admission by the governor that he wants to take children out of public schools instead of enhancing our public schools. We should make our public schools so competitive that private school children would be seeking to return to our public schools. The Governor's approach to public education is leading to the re-segregation of our public schools. So no, I will not stop fighting for our public schools and our school teachers."

Source: News-Observer on 2016 North Carolina gubernatorial race Jan 26, 2016

Chris Rey: Read with the Mayor: volunteer program at grade schools

Chris Rey has quickly become a recognized leader on education issues: Soon after his election as Mayor he began his "Read with the Mayor" program that has organized over 150 volunteers to read to grade school children for an hour each week to encourage early grades literacy. He was recently appointed to the board of the North Carolina Public Schools Forum, which started the national recognized Teaching Fellows program, the North Carolina Afterschools Program, and the Educational Policy Fellowship. He also serves on the board of the Fayetteville Tech Foundation, which raises money to keep the community college affordable and teaches criminal justice classes at the University of Mt. Olive.
Source: 2016 North Carolina Senate campaign website Sep 22, 2015

Mark Walker: Oppose Common Core; empower families through vouchers

Mark Walker is opposed to Common Core, which is an attempt by the Obama Administration to exert more control over public education at the expense of local control.

Our children deserve a world-class education, but the federal government's continued interference has kept us from achieving this goal. Education has traditionally been best dealt with at the local level, and Mark will work to restore state and local power over education.

He will also push for legislation which will empower families by allowing them to exercise educational choice through vouchers which will let funding follow the child to the school of their family's choice.

Source: 2014 North Carolina House campaign website, Oct 10, 2014

Thom Tillis: Department of Education is 5,000 overpaid bureaucrats

On Common Core, the educational standards which have become deeply unpopular among conservative activists, Tillis sounded far more conservative than Jeb Bush [his guest of honor]. The N.C. House approved the standards in 2011 but Tillis backed away from them.

"I'm not willing to settle just for a national standard if we think we can set a new standard and a best practice," Tillis said, pivoting to an attack on the federal Education Department as "a bureaucracy of 5,000 people in Washington" who make an average salary of over $100,000.

While criticizing the Education Department is common among Republicans, Tillis was standing next to the younger brother of President George W. Bush, whose signature accomplishments include No Child Left Behind, the sweeping federal education law run by the department.

Bush sensed the need to play down any differences: "We can argue about what to call these things," he said, but maintained that the focus ought to be on ensuring high standards.

Source: N.Y. Times on 2014 North Carolina Senate debate Sep 24, 2014

Kay Hagan: Repeatedly stressed support for public schools

During a stop last week at a park in a predominantly black neighborhood in north Charlotte, Hagan repeatedly stressed her support for public schools, which were at the center of the legislative standoff in Raleigh. "I think Thom Tillis has the wrong priorities," she said. "I look at his policies in North Carolina, what he has done that has been harmful to North Carolina."

Tillis was not available for an interview, according to his spokesman, who countered that tax cuts and regulatory changes passed by the General Assembly since Republicans gained power in 2010 have boosted middle-class families and small businesses.

Source: Washington Post on 2014 North Carolina Senate race Aug 13, 2014

Thom Tillis: Oppose Common Core; eliminate U.S. Department of Education

Greg Brannon attacked Thom Tillis as softer than him on immigration, health care, education, gun rights and other issues. While mostly playing it safe, Tillis staked out a series of positions on the right that could hurt him in the general election: [including] suggesting that he might want to eliminate the U.S. Department of Education.

All four candidates said they oppose Common Core education standards. Brannon said he believe in no federal and state education standards. "Common Core became law under Thom's watch," he said. "[It] destroyed education with the Department of Education."

Tillis said he opposes Common Core and he identified the U.S. Education Department when asked to identify a federal cabinet agency he would eliminate. "We existed for more than a century without one," said Tillis, offering a nuanced explanation. "That's the first department I'd look at...At some point, I'd wonder whether or not it needs to exist in its current form."

Source: on 2014 North Carolina Senate debate Apr 22, 2014

Sean Haugh: Scrap the Common Core curriculum standards

Haugh and D'Annunzio are the first Libertarian candidates for US Senate to appear on a primary ballot in North Carolina. They agree on dramatic cutbacks in government reach, strong Second Amendment rights, staying out of the Russia-Ukraine imbroglio, repealing ObamaCare, and scrapping Common Core curriculum standards, the Patriot Act, and the Federal Reserve. But Haugh and D'Annunzio hold different views on abortion, legalizing drugs, the scope of US military action, and immigration controls.
Source: Carolina Journal on 2014 North Carolina Senate debate Apr 8, 2014

Bev Perdue: $400M federal funds for Ready Set Go! Initiative

A year ago I asked North Carolina to join me in our Career and College Ready Set Go! initiative. We challenged educators at all levels, from kindergarten through community colleges and universities, to focus on one single goal: to prepare all students to graduate ready for a career, college or technical training. North Carolina accepted that challenge with gusto. Then we took it a step further. Using Ready Set Go as our foundation, we applied for federal Race to the Top funds--and we won.

Because we are not afraid to think differently and to demand more from our students and educators, we were recognized nationally as one of only 12 states leading the way in education reform. Career and College Ready Set Go! won us $400 million in federal Race to the Top funds and a spot on the lists of states to watch. So we are resetting state government, and resetting education. And we are also resetting the way we go after businesses--and the jobs they bring.

Source: North Carolina 2011 State of the State Address Feb 14, 2011

George Bush Sr.: Churches & private schools provide 93% of education funding

DUKAKIS: This administration has cut and slashed and cut and slashed programs for children, for nutrition, for the kinds of things that can help these youngsters to live better lives. It's cut federal aid to education; it's cut Pell grants an close the door to college opportunity on youngsters all over this country.

BUSH: The big spending liberals think the only way to do it is for the federal government to do it all. The fact happens to be that education spending is up by the government. But here's the point he misses. The federal government spends 7% of the total on education, and the state governments & local governments & the thousand points of light, and I'm talking about private schools & private church schoo and things of this nature--are putting up 93%. But the federal spending for education is up, and I want to be the education president, because I want to see us do better. And we can do it. But it1s not going to be dedicated by some federal bu

Source: Presidential Debate in Winston-Salem, North Carolina (APP) Sep 25, 1988

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