State of Michigan Archives: on Education

Abdul El-Sayed: Get profit motive out of public education

I will fight to guarantee every child access to the best public education imaginable, from pre-K to postgrad. This includes renewed investment in school infrastructure, so that children are learning in safe, healthy environments. This includes establishing high quality, universal pre-K. And this includes getting the profit motive out of public education--putting our children's futures back in the hands of families, educators, and communities, rather than private interests.
Source: 2018 Michigan Gubernatorial website Nov 1, 2017

Gretchen Whitmer: Invest in education; hold charters accountable

I am committed to expanding early childhood education to all Michigan kids. To improve outcomes for all students means boosting instructional hours, respecting and supporting our teachers and staff, and investing in our classrooms and wraparound services. Charter schools and the businesses that run them must be held accountable. It's time we put much-needed oversight in place to hold charter schools accountable.
Source: 2018 Michigan Gubernatorial website Nov 1, 2017

Marcia Squier: No vouchers for schools, but ok for colleges

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Vouchers for school choice"?

A: Oppose--except for higher education (college, trade, vocational schools)

Source: OnTheIssues interview on 2018 Michigan gubernatorial race Jul 19, 2017

Bob Young: Parents should decide to which school they send their kids

Desiring an education of children "for the realities of this century," Young would allow parents, no matter their economic level, the opportunity to send their children to the school they think best. "People like Debbie Stabenow support public school monopolies and many urban areas have turned schools, not only into bankrupt educational enterprises, but crime-ridden killing zones," Young said.
Source: Midland Daily News on 2018 Michigan Senate race Jun 19, 2017

Marcia Squier: More funding needed for public schools; now more than ever

I am now more determined than ever to advocate for more funding in public schools--especially Detroit? Thanks to @Jays Fades for inviting me to this great event! I hope to be invited back soon!
Source: Facebook posting for 2018 Michigan gubernatorial race May 31, 2017

Tim Walz: Recognized as the 2003 Minnesota Teacher of Excellence

After high school, Tim accepted a temporary teaching position at the Native American Reservation in Pine Ridge, South Dakota. It was this experience that convinced Tim to follow his father's lead. "My father was a teacher--I learned early on that the opportunity to help students learn and achieve their goals is incredibly rewarding."

Harvard University offered Tim an opportunity to gain a new perspective on global education by teaching in the People's Republic of China in 1989-90, where he joined of one of the first government-approved groups of American teachers to work in Chinese high schools.

Following his return to Nebraska in 1990, Tim developed a program of cooperation between American and Chinese students. He created a small business-- Educational Travel Adventures, Inc.--through which he led annual educational trips to China for American high school students. Tim's inspiring approach to teaching gained him recognition as the 2003 Minnesota Teacher of Excellence.

Source: 2018 Michigan governor campaign website May 2, 2017

Rick Snyder: CCSTEP: capital equipment for training in community colleges

We should be really proud of CCSTEP. It was about providing capital equipment to our community colleges to upgrade their career tech education programs. So if you're an auto technician looking to do auto repair you didn't go on 10 year-old equipment, you're using the same equipment you're going to walk on the job and use. If you're doing machining the same thing. It was an outstanding investment that we helped 18 community colleges. I went around and toured a number of these community colleges. The results are outstanding. Places like Bay College are doing emergency medical technician.

One of the most exciting programs I heard of was at Washtenaw Community College at the Auto Show. They are literally doing mobility technicians to understand how to do lidar vision systems, all these new systems that are going to be going on vehicles. It's cutting edge. That's the kind of attitude we need to bring to career connectedness and we are going to invest more in programs like this.

Source: 2017 Michigan State of the State address Jan 17, 2017

Jack Bergman: Government monopoly on education is a tragedy

Thomas Jefferson once said, "An educated citizenry is a vital requisite for our survival as a free people." He was right!

The government monopoly on education for a large proportion of Americans is a tragedy and should be viewed as the modern civil rights issue of our time. We need to offer education reform that supports more choice in education, from public schooling to home schooling. Everyone in the United States deserves a great education.

Source: 2016 Michigan House campaign website Nov 8, 2016

Brenda Lawrence: Public-private partnerships to connecting college to jobs

Q: What would you do to help colleges control the cost of tuition?

Brenda Lawrence: Require public private partnerships and connecting education to jobs. I think schools should publish the completion rates of the students in their programs and the students earnings upon graduation. Companies should be investing in the cost of education by the industry that will receive the worker. We need extended programs like Teach America where students get credit.

Marcia Squier (Green Party): I would implement an extension of the public education system to include all ages of people, from preschool to PhD. If elected, I would support full federal funding of public universities. I also support the elimination of all current student debt through quantitative easing.

Source: VotersGuide on 2016 Michigan House race Nov 1, 2016

Marcia Squier: Extend free public education from pre-school to PhD

Q: What would you do to help colleges control the cost of tuition?

Marcia Squier: I would implement an extension of the public education system to include all ages of people, from preschool to PhD. I would encourage online curriculum and offer free internet access to all students. If elected, I would support full federal funding of public universities. Private colleges and charter schools would not receive federal funding and would be considered as for-profit corporations and taxed accordingly to provide additional funding for public education. I also support the elimination of all current student debt through quantitative easing.

Rep. Brenda Lawrence (Dem.): Require public private partnerships and connecting education to jobs. Companies should be investing in the cost of education by the industry that will receive the worker. We need extended programs like Teach America where students get credit.

Source: VotersGuide on 2016 Michigan House race Nov 1, 2016

Dave Trott: Opposes government control by Common Core standards

The Federal government has grown out of control, taking far too important a role in not only our lives, but those of our children as well. Dave opposes the Common Core standards that are attempting to assert even more government control and further remove parents from their children's education. Dave knows that an educated workforce drives our economy, and, as Congressman, will support a wide array of secondary and higher education choices.
Source: 2014 Michigan House campaign website, Nov 4, 2014

Brenda Lawrence: Refinance college loans to reduce student debt

Student loan debt is exploding. Outstanding student loans now total more than $1.2 trillion--and each year, students are taking on more and more and more. In 2012, an astonishing 71% of college seniors owed student loans, and, from 2004 to 2012, the average student loan balance increased by 70%.

Now, millions of young people are struggling to keep up with their student loan payments. Young people are working hard, playing by the rules, and getting an education--only to be crushed with student loan debt.

The economic impact is real. Forty million Americans have outstanding student loans. The Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act will save millions of these young people hundreds or even thousands of dollars a year, putting real money back into their pockets. The sooner we pass refinancing legislation, the sooner they'll get a little bit of relief.

Source: 2014 Michigan House campaign website, Oct 10, 2014

Mike Bishop: Oppose Common Core nationwide standards

Q: The federal government should establish nationwide standards (such as Common Core) for high-school graduation?

Bishop: Strongly Disagree

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 Michigan Senate race Sep 30, 2014

Terri Lynn Land: Local funding and local control of schools

Michigan First: Why I Oppose Common Core

Back to school season is already upon us. I'm a mom, and the thing that was always on top of my mind this time of year was making sure my kids were getting a good education.

A bedrock principle of America's education system is local funding and local control of schools, that means putting Michigan first, not Washington. I support ending the Washington-imposed standards on local schools in Common Core and returning the power to our teachers, local communities and parents.

I believe Michigan moms, dads and teachers know what's best for our kids, not Washington insiders. We need more state and local control of education, rather than the one-size-fits-all, top-down approach of the Obama Administration.

What's best for Chicago is not what's best for Cheboygan. By returning control to local communities, we will put Michigan First and ensure a stronger education for our children that will prepare them for the future.

Source: 2014 Michigan Senate campaign website, Aug 29, 2014

Mark Schauer: OpEd: Schauer focused on wages and benefits of the teachers

Mark Schauer said in one of his commercials that Gov. Rick Snyder has taken $1 million away from the school system. Schauer will pour millions into the schools.

In Calhoun County, there are big, gigantic, multi-million dollar high schools popping up all over the place. The primary reason is a great deal of community pride. Schauer works this angle and tosses in: he does not care about the education of the school kids, but the wages and benefits of the teachers.

On top of it all, there is the Common Core curriculum standards being forced upon us by the Obama administration. It will brainwash generations of school kids by not teaching the truth about history, the Constitution or America.

Source: Battle Creek Enquirer OpEd: 2014 Michigan governor's race Mar 12, 2014

Rick Snyder: Mandatory school choice for every school; remove boundaries

School funding should follow the student. This includes mandatory school choice for every public school district. Providing open access to a quality education without boundaries is essential. We must minimize all state and local barriers that hinder innovation at the local level.
Source: 2011 Michigan gubernatorial press release, "Special Message" Apr 27, 2011

Jack Hoogendyk: Abolish Department of Education; parents direct education

Source: 2008 Senate campaign website,, “Issues” May 2, 2008

John Engler: Expand public school choice; lift cap on charters

Support for public schools, including charter schools, remains strong. It would be a tragedy if an artificial cap blocked Michigan from sharing in the new $3 billion Charter School Homestead Plan proposed by the President. So tonight, I renew my call to lift the cap. The cap must go.

It is time to allow teachers’ unions to operate charter schools. The unions that represent classroom teachers are uniquely qualified to run schools. Let’s tear down the barriers and expand public school choices.

Source: 2001 State of the State Address to Michigan legislature Jan 31, 2001

Mike Bishop: Supports charter schools; support corporate investment

Source: 2000 Michigan National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 2000

Mike Bishop: Supports Ten Commandments & voluntary prayer in schools

Source: 2000 Michigan National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 2000

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