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Ralph Northam on Education

 

 


$95 million for early childhood education for at-risk kids

I have sent you a comprehensive plan for early childhood education. This plan will invest $95 million to help at-risk three- and four-year-olds start learning sooner. This means training educators, providing support, and setting accountability standards. If we invest in little learners today, we'll see great results for adults tomorrow. Other states have done this, and it's time for Virginia to get moving.

We need to invest in our K-12 public schools--with teacher raises, more guidance counselors, and extra funds for high-need schools. This budget increases the "At-Risk Add-On" for educationally at-risk students, by $140 million. This is the largest single increase to this funding source in Virginia's history, and it's a critical investment. An investment in public schools is an investment in students and our economy. Education represents 38% of the new spending in this budget.

Source: 2020 Virginia State of the State address , Jan 8, 2020

Financial aid: Get skilled, get a job, give back

I'm sending a proposal to help people "Get Skilled, Get a Job, and Give Back." If you need help, and if you choose to go into a high-demand field and if you commit to community service, then Virginia will cover your tuition, fees, and books. And if Pell grants already do that, we'll give you a stipend--$1,000 a semester to help with transportation, child care, the rent, or even food. That's a small amount for the Commonwealth. In return, we'll ask you to serve the community.
Source: 2020 Virginia State of the State address , Jan 8, 2020

Pay raise for teachers, to retain the best and brightest

I am eager to work with you to give our teachers the largest single-year pay raise in 15 years. This isn't just about the educators who deserve to be paid more. It's about improving the education we offer our children by ensuring that we can attract and retain the best and brightest educators to classrooms in every corner of our Commonwealth.

Raising teacher pay is only part of the puzzle when it comes to making sure that every Virginia student is able to reach their full potential. Schools, educational leaders, and parents across the Commonwealth have been clear that students need a variety of services to succeed in the classroom.

That's why I've proposed to fund more positions for school counselors statewide, and additional flexible funding so that school divisions can make their own decisions about which services will most benefit their students.

Source: 2019 State of the State address to Virginia legislature , Jan 9, 2019

More tuition assistance; protect consumers on student loans

We need to work even harder to make postsecondary education more affordable and accessible to all students.

We're working with the Virginia Community College System to reframe their programming, so that students can get the skills they need on the front end for 21st century jobs. Our training certificate programs and our higher education system need to work hand in hand. And they need to be affordable.

Expensive tuition and high student debt can close the door to opportunity for too many people. My budget would offer more tuition assistance, and requires our institutions to create tuition predictability plans.

It is high time we began regulating the companies that service our student loans. While people may not be able to avoid taking on debt to get an education, they should be able to count on basic consumer protections.

Source: 2019 State of the State address to Virginia legislature , Jan 9, 2019

Borrower's Bill of Rights to manage student debt

Yesterday, Governor-elect Northam and I stood together and outlined several pieces of legislation that we hope the new General Assembly will pass this year. They include:None of these items are inherently political. They are proposed solutions to real policy problems. It could well be the case that there are better ideas to solve these problems & make life better for Virginians. Those are the questions we were all elected to consider.
Source: Terry McAuliffe's 2018 Virginia State of the State address , Jan 10, 2018

Federal grant to create 3,000 pre-K education spots

Dr. Northam chairs the Commonwealth Council on Childhood Success where he helped secure a federal grant to create over 3,000 pre-K education spots for children in low-income families and advocated for greater access to pre-natal care. He also chairs the Governor's Task Force on Improving Mental Health Services and Crisis Response and led a team tasked with identifying challenges and suggesting improvements to the state's complex system of mental health services.
Source: 2016-17 Virginia gubernatorial campaign website , Nov 1, 2015

Invest in early childhood education

Democrat Ralph Northam will run for Virginia governor. "We need to continue investing in early childhood education," Northam wrote, "creating jobs in the new Virginia economy, protecting women's reproductive rights and expanding access to Medicaid for 400,000 of our citizens."
Source: AMI Newswire on 2017 Virginia governor's race , Oct 20, 2015

Historically strong commitment to public education

Because of our historically strong commitment to elementary and secondary education, and recent investments in our community colleges and universities, Virginia has repeatedly been named the best state for a lifetime of learning. Unfortunately, the recent nationwide financial crisis has left less in our state budget for our schools.

I believe strongly that our children are our future, and that all of them deserve a world-class education. In order to ensure that they are prepared to take on the jobs of tomorrow, and to compete in a global economy, we must restore and increase funding for K-12 education, including teacher salaries.

We must also continue to develop a strong workforce in Virginia by supporting career and technical education at our outstanding community colleges, and take advantage of the economic development potential of innovation at our research universities.

Source: 2016-17 VA gubernatorial campaign website SenatorNortham.com , Nov 1, 2011

Restore and increase funding for K-12 education

Because of our historically strong commitment to elementary and secondary education, and recent investments in our community colleges and universities, Virginia has repeatedly been named the best state for a lifetime of learning. Unfortunately, the recent nationwide financial crisis has left less in our state budget for our schools.

I believe strongly that our children are our future, and that all of them deserve a world-class education. In order to ensure that they are prepared to take on the jobs of tomorrow, and to compete in a global economy, we must restore and increase funding for K-12 education, including teacher salaries.

We must also continue to develop a strong workforce in Virginia by supporting career and technical education at our outstanding community colleges, and take advantage of the economic development potential of innovation at our research universities.

Source: 2017 Virginia Gubernatorial website, SenatorNortham.com , Jan 17, 2011

Other governors on Education: Ralph Northam on other issues:
VA Gubernatorial:
Amanda Chase
Bob McDonnell
Frank Wagner
Justin Fairfax
Ken Cuccinelli
Mark Herring
Robert Sarvis
Terry McAuliffe
Tim Kaine
Tom Perriello
VA Senatorial:
Amanda Chase
Corey Stewart
Daniel Gade
Mark Warner
Nick Freitas
Scott Taylor
Tim Kaine

Gubernatorial Debates 2021:
NJ:
Murphy(D) vs.Ciattarelli(R)
VA:
Northam(D,term-limited) vs.Herring(D) vs.Chase(R) vs.Fairfax(D)

Gubernatorial Debates 2019:
KY:
Bevin(R) vs.Goforth(R,lost primary) vs.Adkins(D,lost primary) vs.Beshear(D) vs.Edelen(D,lost primary)
LA:
Edwards(D) vs.Rispone(R) vs.Abraham(R) vs.Kennedy(R,declined)
MS:
Bryant(R,retiring) vs.Foster(R) vs.Hood(D) vs.Reeves(R) vs.Waller(R)

Gubernatorial Debates 2020:
DE: vs.Carney(incumbent) vs.Williams(D)
IN: vs.Holcomb(incumbent) vs.Melton(D) vs.Myers(D)
MO: Parson(incumbent) vs.Galloway(D) vs.Neely(R)
MT: Bullock(retiring) vs.Fox(R) vs.Perry(R) vs.Gianforte(R) vs.Stapleton(R) vs.Olszewski(R) vs.Neill(D) vs.Schreiner(D) vs.Cooney(D) vs.Williams(D)
NC: Cooper(incumbent) vs.Forest(R) vs.Grange(R)
ND: Burgum(incumbent) vs.Coachman(R) vs.Lenz(D)
NH: Sununu(incumbent) vs.Volinsky(D) vs. fsFeltes(D)
PR: Rossello(D) vs.Garced(D) vs.Pierluisi(D)
UT: Herbert(retiring) vs.Huntsman(R) vs.Cox(R) vs.Burningham(R) vs.Newton(D) vs.Hughes(R)
VT: Scott(incumbent) vs.Holcombe(D) vs.Zuckerman(D)
WA: Inslee(incumbent) vs.Bryant(R) vs.Fortunato(R)
WV: Justice(incumbent) vs.Folk(R) vs.Thrasher(R) vs.Vanover(D) vs.Smith(D) vs.Ron Stollings(D)
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