Monday, March 30, 2015

Martin O`Malley and Hillary Clinton on Education

Martin O`Malley on Education:

Martin O`Malley on Education - Democrat

 Complete College Maryland: incentives to finish on time

We must continue to make college more affordable for more families. Today, the University of Maryland is a top-5 national value. Access to college is important, but completing college is essential in this knowledge-based economy. That's the goal of Complete College Maryland, which I hope you will support in this year's budget. It's a step--but only a step. To move forward, we must rethink the way we fund higher education so there is a greater incentive for completing college on time.
Source: 2011 Maryland State of the State Address , Feb 3, 2011

Give students, teachers & parents resources they need

Martin O’Malley believes that, to fulfill Maryland’s potential, we must return to building a world-class education system and ensure opportunity for all Maryland children. We need to focus on giving students, teachers and parents the resources they need to succeed.
Source: 2006 Gubernatorial website,, “Issues” , Nov 7, 2006

Offer every parent Charter Schools and public school choice.

O`Malley adopted the manifesto, "A New Agenda for the New Decade":
Create World-Class Public Schools 
Now more than ever, quality public education is the key to equal opportunity and upward mobility in America. Yet our neediest children often attend the worst schools. While lifting the performance of all schools, we must place special emphasis on strengthening those institutions serving, and too often failing, low-income students.
To close this achievement and opportunity gap, underperforming public schools need more resources, and above all, real accountability for results. Accountability means ending social promotion, measuring student performance with standards-based assessments, and testing teachers for subject-matter competency.
As we demand accountability, we should ensure that every school has the resources needed to achieve higher standards, including safe and modern physical facilities, well-paid teachers and staff, and opportunities for remedial help after school and during summers. Parents, too, must accept greater responsibility for supporting their children’s education.
We need greater choice, competition, and accountability within the public school system, not a diversion of public funds to private schools that are unaccountable to taxpayers. With research increasingly showing the critical nature of learning in the early years, we should move toward universal access to pre-kindergarten education.
    Goals for 2010
  • Turn around every failing public school.
  • Make charter schools an option in every state and community.
  • Offer every parent a choice of public schools to which to send his or her child.
  • Make sure every classroom has well-qualified teachers who know the subjects they teach, and pay teachers more for performance.
  • Create a safe, clean, healthy, disciplined learning environment for every student.
  • Make pre-kindergarten education universally available.
Source: The Hyde Park Declaration 00-DLC2 on Aug 1, 2000

Opposes education vouchers for public or private school.

O`Malley opposes the CC survey question on school vouchers
The Christian Coalition voter guide [is] one of the most powerful tools Christians have ever had to impact our society during elections. This simple tool has helped educate tens of millions of citizens across this nation as to where candidates for public office stand on key faith and family issues.
The CC survey summarizes candidate stances on the following topic: "Education vouchers that allow parents to choose public or private school for their children"
Source: Christian Coalition Survey 10-CC-q7 on Aug 11, 2010
 Hillary Clinton on Education 

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  • OpEd: Common Core recycled from Clintons in 1980s and 1990s. (Jun 2013)
  • Parents are a child’s first teachers. (Jan 2008)
  • We have not yet reached consensus on education reform. (Sep 2007)
  • It takes a village; American village has failed our children. (Jun 2007)
  • Establish right to education from pre-school thru college. (Jun 2007)
  • Early education affects things from IQ to lifelong earnings. (Dec 2006)
  • 2001: Proposed and passed National Teacher Corps. (Dec 2006)
  • Teacher testing only for new teachers. (Oct 2000)
  • Testing only new teachers respects professionalism. (Oct 2000)
  • Teachers need more peer consulting & more recognition. (Jul 1999)
  • Social promotion cheats our children. (Jul 1999)
  • Read to young kids 20-30 minutes daily. (Jul 1999)
  • Entire school staff should focus on school safety. (Jul 1999)
  • Metal detectors at school are not much of an intrusion. (Jun 1999)
  • Arts education is needed in our schools. (Sep 1998)
  • Give kids after-school activities to prevent gangs. (Apr 1998)
  • Allow student prayer, but no religious instruction. (Sep 1996)
  • Character education: teach empathy & self-discipline. (Sep 1996)
  • Supports Goals 2000: hardly the stuff of revolution. (Sep 1996)
  • Supports structured inner-city schools, with uniforms. (May 1996)
  • 1960s: Taught reading in poor Boston neighborhoods. (Aug 1993)

    Arkansas Ed Reform

  • Hillary emphasized education reform without political agenda. (Oct 2007)
  • AR Ed Reform taught that there is a place for testing. (Sep 2007)
  • 1986: HIPPY program empowers parents as kids' first teach. (Sep 2007)
  • Sent Chelsea to public schools in Arkansas, but not DC. (Jul 2007)
  • 1983: Teacher testing as part of AR education reform. (Jun 2007)
  • 1983: AR reforms fixed unconstitutional school financing. (Jun 2004)
  • AR Reform plan pushed mandatory teacher testing. (Nov 2003)
  • Arkansas education: improvement against great odds. (Oct 2000)
  • Pushed teacher testing in Arkansas. (Dec 1999)
  • AR ed reform: mandate kindergarten, no social promotion. (Dec 1999)
  • 1983: Challenged low education expectations. (Aug 1999)
  • 1993: Public accepted First Lady as education reformer. (Aug 1999)
  • Long journey for reform, not isolated initiatives. (Jun 1994)
  • HIPPY: Home Instruction Program for Preschool Youngsters. (Aug 1993)
  • Passing illiterate students is educational fraud. (Sep 1983)

    Education Funding

  • End predatory student college loan rates over 20%. (Apr 2008)
  • Fully fund special education & 21st century classrooms. (Dec 2007)
  • Get more teachers into hard-to-serve areas. (Nov 2007)
  • Incentive pay for school wide performance. (Aug 2007)
  • Universal pre-kindergarten; and make family the best school. (Aug 2007)
  • Working families cannot participate in school between 9 & 3. (Jul 2007)
  • Transfer tax cuts from rich & corporations to student aid. (Jun 2006)
  • Reforms: teacher corps; more federal funding; modernize. (Sep 2000)
  • Opposes merit pay for individual teachers. (Apr 2000)
  • Supports merit pay for entire schools. (Apr 2000)
  • Scholarships for teachers who go to urban schools. (Mar 2000)
  • Increase resources to meet increased standards. (Mar 2000)
  • Address teacher shortage with salary increases. (Jul 1999)
  • More after-school; smaller classes. (Jul 1999)

    School Choice

  • Total change in No Child Left Behind. (Aug 2007)
  • Supports public school choice; but not private nor parochial. (Oct 2006)
  • More teachers, smaller classes, no vouchers. (Oct 2000)
  • Vouchers would take money from public schools. (Oct 2000)
  • Vouchers drain money from public schools. (Sep 2000)
  • Vouchers will not improve our public schools. (Jul 1999)
  • Let’s build up our schools-not tear them down. (Jul 1999)
  • Charter schools provide choice within public system. (Jul 1999)
  • Charters meet needs of failing public school students. (Aug 1998)
  • Vouchers siphon off much-needed resources. (Aug 1998)
  • Parents can choose, but support public schools. (Feb 1997)
  • Supports public school choice and charter schools. (Sep 1996)

    Voting Record

  • Solemn vow never to abandon our public schools. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted YES on $52M for "21st century community learning centers". (Oct 2005)
  • Voted YES on $5B for grants to local educational agencies. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted YES on shifting $11B from corporate tax loopholes to education. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted YES on funding smaller classes instead of private tutors. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on funding student testing instead of private tutors. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on spending $448B of tax cut on education & debt reduction. (Apr 2001)
  • Offer every parent Charter Schools and public school choice. (Aug 2000)
  • Rated 82% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes. (Dec 2003)