State of Connecticut Archives: on Education

Joe Visconti: Oppose Common Core testing and curriculum

Dan Malloy has brought Common Core testing and curriculum to Connecticut and it is not wanted by teachers, parents, and students alike. Criticized as a standard to prepare students to be "workers, rather than thinkers," Common Core promises to be a costly social experiment to federalize education.
Source: 2014 CT gubernatorial campaign website ViscontiForGovernor Nov 1, 2014

Joe Visconti: 4-year state income tax break for grads who stay in CT

Connecticut cities and towns have invested heavily on local education budgets only to see students then graduate and move out of state for more career opportunities. Our educated youth play a vital role in Connecticut's future and we must provide them with opportunities and incentives to continue to make this state their home. Connecticut can help young adults with Joe's plan to provide a four-year state income tax break to any and all Connecticut residents who graduate with a Bachelor's degree or higher from any accredited college or university in the US if they will remain in Connecticut for 4 years after graduation.
Source: 2014 CT gubernatorial campaign website ViscontiForGovernor Nov 1, 2014

David Walker: More K-12 parental involvement and choice

Connecticut's K-12 education system suffers from the largest achievement gaps in the country; they must be addressed. This should include promoting more parental involvement and choice, constructive competition, the adoption of proven best practices, and increased time in and resources allocated to classroom related matters. Connecticut also needs to modernize the current state education funding formula and ensure that is adequately funded.
Source: 2014 CT Lt. Gubernatorial campaign website, Jul 2, 2014

Susan Bysiewicz: Hold colleges accountable for rising tuition

On education, both candidates agreed Congress should fight to keep interest rates on student loans from rising and protect the federally funded Pell Grant system. Both also advocated for holding colleges accountable for rising tuition, through laws that would limit federal funding for universities that do not limit tuition increases.
Source: Easton Daily Voice on 2012 CT Senate debate May 24, 2012

Susan Bysiewicz: Tie federal aid to schools' efforts to control tuition costs

The event began with a question about how to control the rise of student debt. Murphy said he is working to convince Congress to prevent a July 1 interest rate hike from 3.4% to 6.8% on Stafford loans for low- and middle-income students.

Bysiewicz and Tong suggested tying federal aid to schools' efforts to control tuition costs. As a mother with two daughters in college and one son heading there, Bysiewicz said she is keenly aware of the issue.

Source: Westport News coverage of 2012 CT Senate debates Apr 10, 2012

Chris Murphy: Keep student loan rates at 3.4% instead of 6%

Murphy said he supported extending the current 3.4% interest rate on student loans that was set to expire at the end of the year if Congress does not take action. He said if the rates were not extended, college students would see interest rates on loans increase to more than 6%, which would severely hinder many students and families ability to afford a college education. "That could be $5,000 or more out of the pocket of the average student here at UConn," Murphy said of the new interest rates.
Source: East Haven Patch on 2012 CT Senate debates Apr 9, 2012

Jodi Rell: Supports Head Start & early childhood education

Source: 2006 CT Gubernatorial National Political Awareness Test Nov 7, 2006

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