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Bonnie Watson Coleman on Education

 

 


Strong public school system is critical

Bonnie Watson Coleman is committed to providing every child with the opportunity to receive a quality education. Our children should love learning. To create a safe and engaging environment that encourages critical thinking, schools and families need support. Coleman is a strong advocate for our public school system. She believes in the guarantee of equal education to all children and the diversity that is promoted by public schools. Coleman believes that a strong public school system is critical to the U.S. maintaining its high standard of education. Coleman recognizes that while charter schools may serve specific niches and limited purposes, they should not be a replacement for the public school system.

Through her tenure as the Assembly Majority Leader, Coleman ensured that New Jersey not only invested in our public schools, but that appropriations were thoroughly matched with higher education grants for financial assistance with public colleges, universities, and vocational schools.

Source: 2014 New Jersey House campaign website BonnieForCongress.com , Oct 10, 2014

Supports voluntary prayer in public schools

Source: New Jersey 2005-2006 Gubernatorial Political Courage Test , Nov 1, 2005

Make two years of community college free.

Coleman signed making two years of community college free

Excerpts from press release from Tammy Baldwin, Senate sponsor: The America's College Promise Act makes two years of community college free by:

Community, technical, and tribal colleges enroll 40% of all college students today. Community colleges are uniquely positioned to partner with employers to create tailored training programs to meet economic needs within their communities such as nursing and advanced manufacturing.

Opposing argument: (Cato Institute, "College Courtesy of the Taxpayer? No Thanks," Jan. 9, 2015): One look at either community college outcomes or labor market outlooks reveals free college to be educational folly. Community college completion rates are atrocious: a mere 19.5% of community college students complete their programs. Meanwhile, the for-profit sector has an almost 63% completion rate. And [about 70%] of the new job categories in coming years will require a high school diploma or less.

Opposing argument: (Heritage Foundation, "Free Community College Is a Bad Deal", July 15, 2016): Free college proposals would subject community colleges to the same types of subsidies-induced inflation endemic at four-year institutions. And low-income students already have access to federal Pell Grants, which can cover the bulk of community college tuition. By contrast, a more open market of alternative schooling models, such as online or vocational education programs, could better tailor degrees at a lower cost.

Source: S.1716 & H.R.2962 15-H2962 on Jul 8, 2015

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