State of Kentucky Archives: on Education

James Comer: Teach without interference from the federal government

Success starts with a great education and we must prepare youth to succeed. Our education system as we know it is at a crossroad. We are doing our children an extreme disservice by allowing our system to fall further and further behind the needs of the global marketplace. Teachers and local educators should be able to teach without interference from the federal government. Teachers deserve freedom to be able to best impact and shape the lives of students.
Source: 2016 Kentucky House campaign website Nov 8, 2016

James Comer: Mountains of student debt hinders getting a job

I adamantly oppose President Obama's efforts to tax college savings plans. Families should be able to save for their children's college education without fear of losing their money to Obama's tax and spend policies. Additionally, we need more diverse technical programs that allow youth to obtain certificates and degrees that meet the demands of the private sector. Far too many college graduates have mountains of debt for degrees that do not allow them to get a job in today's marketplace.
Source: 2016 Kentucky House campaign website Nov 8, 2016

Jim Gray: Investment in education and our teachers is essential

The world is changing, and so must our educational expectations change. Today, our students must respond to the economic pressures of a highly skilled global economy. This global competition requires a different and vaster set of skills than in the past.

A strong education system is essential to advancing our workforce and economy. Businesses looking to expand or locate in Kentucky need to know that we can provide the workforce they need to compete and thrive. That is why investment in education and our teachers is essential.

In Kentucky, our students' educational successes determine the future prosperity of our state. We must provide all students every opportunity to achieve at high levels. Students need educational opportunities that address their specific learning needs and are not tied to test scores.

Source: 2016 Kentucky Senate campaign website, Aug 8, 2016

Matt Bevin: Move to performance based funding for state universities

The funding provided to state universities out of the General Fund will begin to be distributed based upon performance criteria--often referred to as "outcomes based funding"-- that will be developed in collaboration with the leadership of state universities. It is this Administration's intention to fully phase in outcome-based funding over a three-year period starting in FY '18.
Source: 2016 State of the State speech to Kentucky legislature Jan 26, 2016

Matt Bevin: End education monopoly with school choice and vouchers

As federal overreach in our education system has grown, positive outcomes have diminished. We need to end the monopoly that exists in Kentucky's school system by supporting school choice and school vouchers. It's time to Stop Common Core and its "one size fits all" approach. Instead, let's empower local school boards, local principals and local teachers to make the decisions that are the best for their students, and most importantly, empower parents over bureaucrats.
Source: 2015 Kentucky Gubernatorial campaign website, Aug 11, 2015

Matt Bevin: FactCheck: No, not MIT grad; education is "School of Life"

Matt Bevin has come out with a new ad defending his claimed affiliation with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. "I'm a small-business owner, I've not had a resume in over 20 years. I've never claimed on a resume or to anyone ever that I'm a graduate of MIT. This is a lie made up by Mitch McConnell," Bevin says in his new radio ad.

Bevin's representation of his educational background became an issue after The Hill reported last year that Bevin indicated that he was an MIT graduate or graduate of an MIT-affiliated program, in the headline section of his LinkedIn page. Further down his page, he stated he was a 2008 graduate of the Entrepreneurial Master's Program at the MIT Endicott campus. School officials said the three-week seminar Bevin attended had no formal link to the school.

Bevin changed his LinkedIn page to clarify that he did not graduate from MIT afterwards. Bevin now lists his education as "School of Life" instead of MIT in the headline section of his LinkedIn page.

Source: AdWatch by The Hill e-zine on 2014 Kentucky Senate race Apr 17, 2014

Alison Grimes: Every child has the right to a quality education

EXPANDING ACCESS TO QUALITY EDUCATION: Alison will also work with families, educators and schools to ensure our children have access to quality education and are equipped with the tools and resources necessary to succeed. Education is the passport out of poverty, and every child has the right to a quality education. A good education is an economic necessity and should not be a luxury. Education is the gateway to good-paying jobs, economic growth and a strong middle class.

Mitch McConnell negotiated a Washington budget deal that caused 1,100 Kentucky children to lose access to early childhood education and cut an estimated $31.8 million from Kentucky schools. He also opposed legislation to hire and preserve jobs for teachers and blocked legislation to preserve low interest rates for students.

Source: 2014 Senate campaign website "Issues" Feb 3, 2014

Steve Beshear: We made cuts to survive; now let's assess damage

[In the Great Recession], we made cuts to certain programs that hurt, cuts that none of us would have made if we had not been forced to make them to survive. Well, we survived--better than most states--but now we must ask ourselves: What damage did we do
Source: 2013 State of the State speech to Kentucky Legislature Feb 6, 2013

Steve Beshear: Reinvest in SEEK: Support Education Excellence in Kentucky

Now that we're emerging from the recession, it's time to rebuild programs, and reinvest in our future. For example:
Source: 2013 State of the State speech to Kentucky Legislature Feb 6, 2013

Jack Conway: Enforce consumer protection laws at for-profit schools

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway is leading an investigation with 17 other attorneys general into possible consumer protection violations by for-profit schools. Lawsuits are likely, Conway said in an interview last week. He said default rates are one of the four clues for his investigators. The other three are student complaints, inadequate educational accreditation and deceptive marketing tactics. His office is studying the records of seven for-profit schools in Kentucky. High default rates can be a sign that a school produces unemployable graduates, Conway said. "If you see a school that promises its students 95 percent job placement but it's got a 25 percent loan default rate, then you've obviously got a problem," Conway said."
Source: Lexington Herald-Leader on 2015 Kentucky gubernatorial race Jul 17, 2011

Steve Beshear: Alternative programs to reduce school dropout rate

It's incomprehensible that some Kentucky leaders passively watch while so many of our youth walk away from school with no plan for their future. The Graduation Bill will change that. House Bill 225 phases in the new requirement to give schools time to implement it. And it answers concerns about unmotivated students by creating alternative programs. Some students simply don't learn as well in traditional settings.
Source: 2011 Kentucky State of the State Address Feb 1, 2011

Steve Beshear: High national rankings shows that education is good in KY

The Prichard Committee's report, showing our state among the nation's leaders in 4th and 8th grade reading, is cause for celebration. Not only are we seeing significant improvements in reading skills, but we're also on track to break into the nation's Top 20 in 4th grade math, AP college credit, and pursuit of higher education within the next decade.
Source: 2010 Kentucky gubernatorial press release Nov 9, 2010

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