Tom Birmingham on Education

Former State Senate President; Democratic Challenger MA Governor

$106M yearly for early childhood education

In 1994, it was Tom Birmingham who started a program providing high quality pre-schooling to the children of working families.“The state wasn’t responding to the needs of families with a single parent or with both parents working,” Tom explains. His community partnership program provides $106 million each year to ensure that, in his words, “more and more kids are starting school ready to learn.”
Source: Campaign web site, TomBirmingham.org Nov 24, 2001

$55M in new school building projects this year

To help local cities and towns replace dangerous, outmoded, and overcrowded schools, Tom helped secure $55 million to launch new school building projects this year. As he has long urged, the state will include major renovation of buildings in the program to provide a more rational decision-making process for the benefit of communities. And to bring our kids the latest in high tech computers and equipment, Tom secured a $55 million capital investment fund for education technologies.
Source: Campaign web site, TomBirmingham.org Nov 24, 2001

Every student can attend college for $500 per year

Tom successfully led the fight for a scholarship program to ensure that every student in the Commonwealth can attend a community college for $500 a year or less. This year the State College Access Grant program provides free or reduced tuition at state colleges. He helped create a tax deduction for college tuition payments for working families struggling to educate their children. Tom [worked] to secure millions more for scholarships and for educational funding for public higher education.
Source: Campaign web site, TomBirmingham.org Nov 24, 2001

Tom Birmingham on School Choice

Strong advocate for strengthening public schools

Source: Campaign web site, TomBirmingham.org Nov 24, 2001

Equal educational opportunity regardless of where kids live

In 1993, Tom Birmingham co-authored the historic Education Reform Act to address the crippling inequalities of Massachusetts’ education system and to give equal educational opportunity to every kid regardless of where he or she lives.

Tom’s sweeping education reform brought new curricula and performance-based testing for students; higher standards for teachers; more accountability for teachers and administrators; and secured over $2 billion in new state funding for our schools.

Source: Campaign web site, TomBirmingham.org Nov 24, 2001

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AK Frank Murkowski
AL Bob Riley
AR Mike Huckabee
AZ Janet Napolitano
CA Arnold Schwarzenegger
CO Bill Owens
CT Jodi Rell
DE Ruth Ann Minner
FL Jeb Bush
GA Sonny Perdue
HI Linda Lingle
IA Tom Vilsack
ID Dirk Kempthorne
IL Rod Blagojevich
IN Mitch Daniels
KS Kathleen Sebelius
KY Ernie Fletcher
LA Kathleen Blanco
MA Mitt Romney
MD Bob Ehrlich
ME John Baldacci
MI Jennifer Granholm
MN Tim Pawlenty
MO Matt Blunt
MS Haley Barbour
MT Brian Schweitzer
NC Mike Easley
ND John Hoeven
NE Dave Heineman
NH John Lynch
NJ Jon Corzine
NM Bill Richardson
NV Kenny Guinn
NY George Pataki
OH Bob Taft
OK Brad Henry
OR Ted Kulongoski
PA Ed Rendell
RI Don Carcieri
SC Mark Sanford
SD Mike Rounds
TN Phil Bredesen
TX Rick Perry
UT Jon Huntsman
VA Tim Kaine
VT Jim Douglas
WA Christine Gregoire
WI Jim Doyle
WV Joe Manchin III
WY Dave Freudenthal
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