State of Massachusetts secondary Archives: on Education


Charlie Baker: Vocational schools should provide classes in three shifts

We'll launch a $15 million partnership with our vocational schools to give thousands of people, 'hands-on' educational opportunities. The partnership will transform vocational schools, to provide classes in three shifts. Adults can take classes during the evening. Traditional high school students can take classes after their regular school day. And full-time vocational school students attend as they do now. These Career Technical Institutes will turbocharge our approach to applied learning.
Source: 2020 Massachusetts State of the State address Jan 21, 2020

Charlie Baker: Update Foundation Formula for urban vs. suburban districts

25 years ago, Massachusetts wasn't a national leader in public education.

Since then, we've achieved remarkable success by working together on a series of education reforms. As a result, Massachusetts students have scored number one on the National Assessment of Educational Progress exams in English and math for much of the past decade. And last year finished first on the Advanced Placement exams as well.

But when it comes to the difference in performance between urban and suburban school districts, we can and must do better. The Foundation Formula needs to be updated and we'll propose updates when our budget is filed later this month.

But progress isn't just about money. Our budget will also include opportunities for underperforming school districts to invest jointly with the Department of Education in proven best practices like acceleration academies, professional development, after school enrichment and leadership development programs.

Source: 2019 Massachusetts governor inaugural (State of the State) Jan 3, 2019

Charlie Baker: Added 4,000 seats to vocational and technical schools

Think about the Commonwealth's leadership on national issues. We have a K-12 education system that, despite its limitations, is the envy of the country. This story was written by a large cast of leaders and contributors across decades of deliberation and action. We added 4,000 seats to our superb vocational and technical schools. And we invested $50 million in capital grants to upgrade equipment and expand programs in high demand fields.
Source: 2019 Massachusetts governor inaugural (State of the State) Jan 3, 2019

Lori Trahan: High quality public education is key to our economic future

Lori Trahan believes that high quality, public education is the key to unlocking our nation's true economic potential, a path towards creating new opportunities, and ensuring that the American Dream is still attainable for all. Lori will help to improve and offer support for improving our public schools and universities for students, teachers, and parents. Higher-education and student loans shouldn't be a barrier to achieving your dreams.
Source: 2018 Massachusetts 3rd House campaign website LoriTrahan.com Oct 9, 2018

Heidi Wellman: Vouchers for school choice

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Vouchers for school choice"?

A: YES

Source: OnTheIssues interview of 2018 Massachusetts Senate candidate Mar 7, 2018

Setti Warren: Make all public colleges and universities tuition-free

Of the eight specific federal legislative proposals in ORMA's "People's Platform," I am fully comfortable supporting the first five, including the Free Public College Act, and I will work to implement each of these in Massachusetts as governor.

Sponsor press release on H.R. 1880 Federal-State partnership to eliminate tuition and required fees:

The College For All Act would aim to make all public colleges and universities tuition-free for anybody making less than $125,000. It would also aim to make community college tuition-free for everybody, at any salary level. "Our young people are forced to make untenable choices: Going to college and taking on mountains of debt, or foregoing their college degree to work part-time or minimum wage jobs that simply won't allow them to build a future," House lead sponsor Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA7) said in a press release. "We're going to piece back together the broken promises of a broken American Dream."

Source: ORMA questionnaire on 2018 Massachusetts governor race Dec 20, 2017

Shiva Ayyadurai: Educational-industrial complex not yielding skilled students

Dr. Ayyadurai took aim at the educational industrial complex, which he said is not producing students with tangible skills, as evident by the fact, for every 17 skilled job openings only one person is ready to take on those jobs. His main target was Harvard University, who he labeled a "Fake University that is actually a $45 billion dollar hedge fund." He said, "We need to tax Harvard and use those proceeds to fund real skills-based education."

He also proposed the elimination of the 4-year undergraduate degree for entrance into medical school. On the topic of student loans, he wants students to be permitted to default on their loans, pointing out that the banks had taken on a business risk, and part of doing business was to live with the consequences of taking on such risks. He criticized these banks for giving predatory loans to students without any background checks on either their ability to repay the loans or the value of their degrees.

Source: 2018 Massachusetts Senate campaign website shiva4senate.com Nov 14, 2017

John Kingston: Parents should have choices

I will advocate for federal funds to be deployed to support educational opportunity and choice, because I believe all parents should have a choice as to where to send their children, not just the well-off. We must close failing schools and hold teachers and administrators accountable for reasonable and thoughtfully measured results.
Source: 2018 Massachusetts Senatorial website JohnKingston.com Oct 15, 2017

Geoff Diehl: Charter schools have more flexibility

Ideas we need to support to include charter schools. The schools have more autonomy than traditional schools when it comes to staff, budget, curriculum and assessments, and calendar, which allows them more flexibility to address student needs.
Source: 2018 Massachusetts Senatorial website DiehlForSenate.com Oct 1, 2017

Jesse Gordon: Incentives for tuition, & retroactively for college loans

Q: Every American who studies hard in school should be able to go to college without going deeply into debt. For that, we need to work towards making tuition free at public colleges and universities throughout America, stopping the federal government from making a profit on student loans.

A: Agree.

Candidate's position on this issue: Incentives for tuition and low student loans rate should also be applied retroactively to those still paying off their student loans.

Source: ORMA questionnaire on 2018 Massachusetts governor race Jul 31, 2017

Allen Waters: No free college, no government loans

I don't advocate free tuition which shifts the burden to taxpayers. I believe that free market forces can get colleges and universities to align their pricing with the ability of students and families to pay. When government mixes in the free market, such as helping students with government backed loans, it creates market distortions. One of the ways to reduce rising college costs is to phase out government backed lending, leaving it to the private sector.
Source: 2018 Massachusetts Senate campaign website AllenRWaters.com Jul 17, 2017

Allen Waters: More choice, more charter schools

That's why I am an advocate for school choice like public charter schools, when traditional public schools fail the youth at the most critical time of their lives. In some Massachusetts communities, too often urban, but not always, local public schools are not doing well, under performing their peers, statewide.
Source: 2018 Massachusetts Senate campaign website AllenRWaters.com Jul 17, 2017

Setti Warren: Invest in new school facilities & classroom resources

Setti has fostered a top-tier public school system by investing in new facilities, community spaces, and classroom resources. He is committed to reducing the achievement gap through initiatives like the summer reading challenge, the high school pitch competition, and the city's summer youth high school internship program. Under Setti's watch, education outcomes in Newton have dramatically improved.
Source: 2018 Massachusetts governor campaign website SettiWarren.com Jun 1, 2017

Bob Massie: Charter schools should be limited

Q: What do you think of Governor Baker's desire to expand charter schools? Baker said he would respect the voters' will on the ballot initiative to not expand charters, but disagreed.

A: I believe that charter schools suck too much money out of the public school system. They started as a means of experimentation and innovation, [and] they now are starting to have a negative effect on some of the communities where they're being brought in, and so it's a question of balance.

Source: WGBH Boston Public Radio on 2018 Massachusetts governor race May 18, 2017

Jay Gonzalez: Take on big challenge of making college affordable

I'm running because I think we need to make Massachusetts a leader again. I think we've got a lot of challenges we're facing that are holding people back and we need to be taking them on ambitiously and trying to make real progress for people in a way that they're going to feel. When it comes to making college affordable, making it affordable for people to get child care or fixing our transportation system, we've got a lot of big challenges. We need to take them on and I think I've got unique leadership experience--both in the public sector and the private sector--to deliver on that ambitious agenda.
Source: Boston Herald on 2018 Massachusetts gubernatorial race Apr 26, 2017

Jay Gonzalez: Fierce advocate for high-quality early education

On January 30, 2017, Jay launched his campaign for Governor. His campaign is motivated by his commitment to public service and his belief that, if we aim high, work hard, and support each other along the way, we can make a meaningful difference in people's lives.

Jay has been a fierce advocate for high-quality early education for all of our children, and is the former Chairman of the Massachusetts Board of Early Education and Care.

Source: 2018 Massachusetts Governor campaign website jay4ma.com Mar 11, 2017

Jay Gonzalez: Opposed expanding charter schools

Gonzalez, who served as chairman of the board of the state's Department Early Education and Care, said he would use the proceeds from a surcharge to ensure universal access to pre-kindergarten. "If I'm governor, we will have a system where every single child in the state gets the solid start my kids got," said Gonzalez, the father of two daughters. "Wait lists will end, and we will have the best quality system in the country."

He said he opposed the ballot question last November that would have expanded charter schools in the state, arguing that it would only "have been a solution for a few kids in urban centers." Gonzalez said he wants to see education reforms that will benefit all students.

Source: Commonwealth Magazine on 2018 Massachusetts governor race Jan 30, 2017

Charlie Baker: Lift the cap on public charter schools

In Massachusetts, we're home to some of the highest performing public schools in the country, many of which are public charter schools serving low-income families in communities of color. In fact, they had higher scores than students from every K-8 school in Massachusetts. A state that places such high value on education should not place arbitrary limits on high-quality schools. I urge you to lift the cap on public charter schools.
Source: 2016 State of the State speech to Massachusetts legislature Jan 21, 2016

Don Berwick: 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

Don Berwick: 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

Deval Patrick: Expand early education opportunities

Because early learning is critical to future academic success, I will expand education opportunities for 3- and 4-year-olds, specifically, by working to pass pending legislation that addresses this need. I will also ensure that free, full-day Kindergarten programs are available for all 5-year-olds in Massachusetts. 
Source: Moving Massachusetts Forward, Patrickís policy booklet, p.22 Sep 15, 2005

Deval Patrick: Extend the school day, and explore extending the school year

Classroom teachers are consistently asked to do more in the same or less time. In fact, the school day is still markedly shorter than the work day, leaving many students unsupervised and unengaged in the afternoons. I will fund extended day initiatives, including additional compensation to teachers and other professionals, to enable more learning time for our kids. I will also explore the feasibility and academic impact of extending the school year.
Source: Moving Massachusetts Forward, Patrickís policy booklet, p.22 Sep 15, 2005

Deval Patrick: Reduce class sizes; offer more after-school programs

Smaller class size in early grades appears to hold the greatest promise for increased academic gains. My administration will support efforts to reduce class sizes in early grades by addressing issues of the availability of space, funding and qualified staff.

We must pursue strategies to take better advantage of the many excellent after-school programs in Massachusetts today, so that students have access to a seamless extension of the academic curriculum.

Source: Moving Massachusetts Forward, Patrickís policy booklet, p.22 Sep 15, 2005

Deval Patrick: Supports charter schools

I will support charter schools (especially Horace Mann charters) by developing funding mechanisms that do not disadvantage district schools and measuring charter schools in part by whether they are producing innovative ideas that can be imported into district schools.
Source: Moving Massachusetts Forward, Patrickís policy booklet, p.22 Sep 15, 2005

Deval Patrick: Improve assessment tools including MCAS and beyond

Higher expectations for student performance are essential. I support the MCAS, including the addition of a science component, as a high school graduation requirement. However, I do not believe it should be the sole assessment of student academic progress Consistent with our objective to educate the whole child, we must develop and use additional assessments tools to measure other vital aspects of academic achievement.
Source: Moving Massachusetts Forward, Patrickís policy booklet, p.23 Sep 15, 2005

Deval Patrick: Reinvest in public higher education

Public higher education is critical to our economy, because nearly 85 percent of public higher education students stay in Massachusetts after graduation. These institutions are preparing our future workforce. Specifically, I will issue bonds to invest in expansion and development of public colleges and universities. Proceeds from the bonds issued to support stem cell research, for example, will be invested in research facilities
Source: Moving Massachusetts Forward, Patrickís policy booklet, p.24 Sep 15, 2005

Karyn Polito: Opposed federal school breakfast supplement

Massachusetts Democratic Party Platform indicates voting YES in Part I: Families & Children:No Child Left Behind. [State Rep. Polito, a Republican, voted NO].

Override Gov. Romney's veto of a Budget Line Item which eliminated a state supplement to th federally-funded school breakfast program whereby all eligible children shall be provided free, nutritious breakfasts at no cost to them.

Relevant platform section: PART I: FAMILIES & CHILDREN, DIVERSITY & COMMUNITY: No Child Left Behind: "We believe that young people are our most precious resource, and we see inherent worth and promise in every child. Ours is truly the Party that seeks to "Leave No Child Behind."We endorse, therefore, the goals established under The Children's Defense Fund initiative of that name, to ensure every child a healthy start [which includes CDF's support of school breakfast programs]."

Source citation: Veto Override ; vote number 252

Source: Massachusetts Senate voting record via MassScorecard.org Jul 14, 2003

Richard Tisei: Opposed federal school breakfast supplement

Massachusetts Democratic Party Platform indicates voting YES in Part I: Families & Children:No Child Left Behind. [State Senator Tisei, a Republican, voted NO].

Override Gov. Romney's veto of a Budget Line Item which eliminated a state supplement to th federally-funded school breakfast program whereby all eligible children shall be provided free, nutritious breakfasts at no cost to them.

Relevant platform section: PART I: FAMILIES & CHILDREN, DIVERSITY & COMMUNITY: No Child Left Behind: "We believe that young people are our most precious resource, and we see inherent worth and promise in every child. Ours is truly the Party that seeks to "Leave No Child Behind."We endorse, therefore, the goals established under The Children's Defense Fund initiative of that name, to ensure every child a healthy start [which includes CDF's support of school breakfast programs]."

Source citation: Veto Override ; vote number 252

Source: Massachusetts Senate voting record via MassScorecard.org Jul 14, 2003

Marty Walsh: Supported federal school breakfast supplement

Massachusetts Democratic Party Platform indicates voting YES in Part I: Families & Children:No Child Left Behind. [State Rep. Walsh voted YES].

Override Gov. Romney's veto of a Budget Line Item which eliminated a state supplement to the federally-funded school breakfast program whereby all eligible children shall be provided free, nutritious breakfasts at no cost to them.

Relevant platform section: PART I: FAMILIES & CHILDREN, DIVERSITY & COMMUNITY: No Child Left Behind: "We believe that young people are our most precious resource, and we see inherent worth and promise in every child. Ours is truly the Party that seeks to "Leave No Child Behind."We endorse, therefore, the goals established under The Children's Defense Fund initiative of that name, to ensure every child a healthy start [which includes CDF's support of school breakfast programs]."

Source citation: Veto Override ; vote number 252

Source: Massachusetts House voting record via MassScorecard.org Jul 10, 2003

Scott Brown: Opposed federal school breakfast supplement

Massachusetts Democratic Party Platform indicates voting YES in Part I: Families & Children:No Child Left Behind. [State Senator Brown, a Republican, voted NO].

Override Gov. Romney's veto of a Budget Line Item which eliminated a state supplement to the federally-funded school breakfast program whereby all eligible children shall be provided free, nutritious breakfasts at no cost to them.

Relevant platform section: PART I: FAMILIES & CHILDREN, DIVERSITY & COMMUNITY: No Child Left Behind: "We believe that young people are our most precious resource, and we see inherent worth and promise in every child. Ours is truly the Party that seeks to "Leave No Child Behind."We endorse, therefore, the goals established under The Children's Defense Fund initiative of that name, to ensure every child a healthy start [which includes CDF's support of school breakfast programs]."

Source citation: Veto Override ; vote number 252

Source: Massachusetts House voting record via MassScorecard.org Jul 10, 2003

Karyn Polito: Voted NO on 3-year moratorium on charter schools

Massachusetts Democratic Party Platform indicates voting YES in Part II: Education:Full Funding. [State Rep. Polito, a Republican, voted NO].

Would require 3 yr moratorium and empower commission to study feasibility of charter schools.

Relevant section of platform: PART II: EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND OPPORTUNITY: Full Funding: "We call upon the state to change funding of Commonwealth Charter schools to ensure that funds are not drained from established public schools."

Source citation: Bill H.4000 ; vote number 88

Source: Massachusetts House voting record via MassScorecard.org May 6, 2003

Scott Brown: Voted NO on 3-year moratorium on charter schools

Massachusetts Democratic Party Platform indicates voting YES in Part II: Education:Full Funding. [State Senator Brown, a Republican, voted NO].

Would require 3 yr moratorium and empower commission to study feasibility of charter schools.

Relevant section of platform: PART II: EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND OPPORTUNITY: Full Funding: "We call upon the state to change funding of Commonwealth Charter schools to ensure that funds are not drained from established public schools."

Source citation: Bill H.4000 ; vote number 88

Source: Massachusetts House voting record via MassScorecard.org May 6, 2003

Carla Howell: Federal government out of education

Seven cents out of every school dollar spent in Massachusetts comes from the federal government, but they impose the lionís share of mandates and regulations and strings. The Constitution does not authorize the federal government to involve itself in education in any way, shape or form. Federal involvement makes things worse. Our illiteracy rates keep going up, our dropout rates keep going up. We need to get the federal government completely out of education.
Source: Eric Darbe, Massachusetts News Jan 5, 2000

John Kerry: Providing student loans for college kids is an ethical issue

[To William Weld]: Why do you veto student loans for kids who want to go to college? Thatís an ethical issue for the working person.
Source: Kerry/Weld: A Classic Senate Race In Massachusetts, CNN.com Oct 29, 1996

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