State of Rhode Island secondary Archives: on Education

Bob Flanders: States define education standards and feds support

Q: Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards?

A The states should have the primary responsibility and authority to do this,

Source: Rhode Island VoteSmart 2018 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2018

Gina Raimondo: More pre-K classrooms; free community college

We've made record investments in education, and we're committed to ensuring that everyone has a shot to continue their education past high school: Today, there are three times as many public pre-K classrooms as there were four years ago. We've guaranteed all-day kindergarten for every child in Rhode Island. And more than 1,500 Rhode Islanders are getting a shot at a career because we made community college tuition-free. But there's so much left to do. So let's keep going.
Source: 2018 Rhode Island State of the State address Jan 16, 2018

Gina Raimondo: Major investment to repair crumbling schools

Let's make a once-in-a-generation investment in our schools. Together with our cities and towns, let's commit to investing $1 billion over the next five years to fix our public schools. Don't let anyone tell you we can't afford to do this. We can. We have a detailed plan that outlines how we can invest more and do it smarter so that we protect taxpayers at the same time. Every year we wait, we waste millions of dollars putting band aids on our crumbling schools. So let's act now.
Source: 2018 Rhode Island State of the State address Jan 16, 2018

Allan Fung: Choice in schools; plus funding for technical education

For schools, Fung is pro-choice and is a big proponent of charter schools and increasing awareness and funding for technical education. He said that technical schools provides kids with an opportunity to learn a valuable trade and also get credits for college if they choose to go that route. "It's great that we're seeing this push to go to college--which I support--but sometimes you've got to make sure that you have options for students too," he said.
Source: Cranston Herald on 2018 Rhode Island gubernatorial race Nov 2, 2017

Bobby Nardolillo: Diversity of choice in education

It is critical that parents be intimately involved in the education of their children. We have to give those parent-led educational teams real options for the different paths on which they can launch their kids. Traditional public schools will benefit from competing with home schooling, charter schools, mayoral academies, and technical training programs that, together, will offer real diversity of choice to our children.
Source: 2018 Rhode Island Senatorial website Oct 1, 2017

Gina Raimondo: PrepareRI Dual Enrollment: free tuition for high schoolers

When I was my kids' age, most jobs in Rhode Island required nothing more than a high school degree. But, for my kids and yours, that's not the case anymore. The reality is that most jobs being created now in Rhode Island will require some degree or certificate beyond a high school diploma.

I set a goal to ensure that by 2025, at least 70% of Rhode Island adults have some degree or credential beyond high school. To achieve that goal, we've taken strides to make college more accessible and more affordable. We now offer the PSAT and SAT, free of charge, in every public high school. We provide student loan relief for recent graduates who live and work in RI.

PrepareRI Dual Enrollment: Last year, nearly 4,000 students were able to take college courses for free. These students earn college credits while they're still in high school, and some are able to get a full semester of college under their belt before they graduate high school. The budget I will propose expands funding for this program.

Source: 2017 State of the State address to Rhode Island Legislature Jan 17, 2017

Gina Raimondo: All-day kindergarten for all; computers in every school

Our schools are getting stronger. To set all of our students out on the right path, we've made important investments in their success. We came together two years ago to guarantee that every child is able to attend all-day kindergarten. And we've made new investments to triple the number of public Pre-K classes.

By the end of this year, Rhode Island is going to be the first state to offer computer science classes in every public school around the state.

Source: 2017 State of the State address to Rhode Island Legislature Jan 17, 2017

Mark Zaccaria: Oppose nationwide Common Core standards

Question topic: The federal government should establish nationwide standards (such as Common Core) for high-school graduation.

Zaccaria: Strongly Disagree

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 Rhode Island Senate race Sep 30, 2014

Donald Carcieri: Strong advocate of expanding Charter Schools

We also need to embrace our heritage of independence and enlightenment by fostering more charter schools. I have been a strong advocate of Charter Schools, and we have added new ones, and expanded existing ones. These are public schools utilizing a different model, and are achieving excellent results. This is another "revolution" that Rhode Island can and should lead. In order to build the 21st century economy successfully, we will produce high school graduates with 21st century skills.
Source: Rhode Island 2010 State of the State Address Jan 26, 2010

Lincoln Almond: Measure school performance and report to parents

Look how far we’ve come. We’ve placed an emphasis on early childhood initiatives to ensure that all kids enter school ready to learn. We’ve raised standards and accountability. Through Information Works, we’re collecting data on every single school in our state so parents will know exactly how their child’s school performs. And we have a system in place to intervene in situations where schools aren’t measuring up.
Source: 2001 State of the State Address to Rhode Island Legislature Feb 7, 2001

Lincoln Almond: We will not tolerate failing schools

We have a system in place to intervene in situations where schools aren’t measuring up. Let’s make one thing crystal clear. For children to succeed, they must have a good education. Therefore, we will not tolerate failing schools. We expect results; otherwise, there will be consequences.
Source: 2001 State of the State Address to Rhode Island Legislature Feb 7, 2001

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