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Phil Murphy on Education

 

 


New Jersey expanding pre-K and childcare; we know it works

But on the whole Build Back Better debate, it feels very abstract from here. New Jersey is doing it, expanding pre-K, expanding childcare, funding public education, making housing more affordable, college more affordable, health care more affordable. So you look at that debate in Washington and folks feel like, "Well, I wonder if this would work." And I'm screaming out, "Listen, look at New Jersey. It is working. We're doing this stuff and we know it works."
Source: Meet the Press 2021 interview of N.J. Governor , Nov 7, 2021

Tuition-free community college for eligible students

We're putting a college education back within reach. We've opened the doors to a tuition-free community college education to thousands of eligible students, and put in place safeguards to combat college debt. And, for those who want the opportunity, we've reinvested in workforce development and apprenticeships like never before.
Source: 2020 New Jersey State of the State address , Jan 14, 2020

Invest in pre-K & free community college

We invested hundreds of millions of dollars in our schools and pre-K. Now, 4,000 more three- and four-year-olds are attending a high-quality pre-K program. And, starting this semester, 13,000 worthy students are attending community college tuition-free. We were able to make these investments by asking those with incomes over $5 million to pay a little more, and by ensuring a more equitable distribution of school aid.
Source: 2019 State of the State address to New Jersey legislature , Jan 15, 2019

High stakes, high stress standardized tests must end

The era of high stakes, high stress standardized tests in New Jersey must end, and I will see that it does. We must get back to the simple premise of letting teachers use classroom time to teach to their students' needs, and not to a test.

The State Board of Education made passage of the nationalized PARCC tests a requirement for graduation. PARCC tests are considered by many educational experts to be outdated, expensive, and not helpful to students. New Jersey is an outlier in its reliance on PARCC: only a handful of states still use the test, and only one other state is using it as a graduation requirement.

Phil Murphy is committed to ending New Jersey's reliance on PARCC tests and eliminating standardized testing as a requirement for graduation. If elected, he would direct the state Department of Education to work with educators to create an assessment that would meet the federal reporting requirements of ESSA.

Source: 2017 N.J. gubernatorial campaign website, Murphy4NJ.com , Jun 6, 2017

Our public schools are part of what makes this state great

Phil is a public school product and his sister recently retired as a Boston city educator. He is proud to have received the endorsement of the NJEA, which represents over 200,000 educators statewide.

Phil believes that our public schools are a critical part of what makes this state great. People move here and businesses invest here because of the world-class public schools in New Jersey. But for too long, we've had leaders who would rather spend money on tax breaks for large corporations than invest in our children's future.

Source: 2017 N.J. gubernatorial campaign website, Murphy4NJ.com , Jun 6, 2017

Can't get economy right without getting higher ed right

Too many young people are being held back by the unaffordability of a college education. Yet our leaders have sat by as the cost of college spiraled out of control. Phil understands that we don't get our economy right without getting higher education right. Sadly, N.J. exports more high school seniors than any other state in the nation. Phil believes that if we want to keep our state economically competitive and successful, our leading export can no longer be high school seniors. Specifically, he will:
  • Increase state aid to institutions of higher education, including community colleges, to lower tuitions and fees.
  • Expand access to community colleges for high school students and create new vocational training programs to provide alternative pathways to success.
  • Provide loan forgiveness to STEM graduates working in STEM jobs in the state.
  • Help New Jerseyans stuck with student loans at above-market rates by offering state-based refinancing at lower rates through a new public bank.
    Source: 2017 N.J. gubernatorial campaign website, Murphy4NJ.com , Jun 6, 2017

    Tackle our higher education student debt problem head on

    One of New Jersey's great assets is its higher education system. Unfortunately, Governor Christie has chronically underinvested in our colleges and universities. As a result, families of students at our public colleges now bear some of the highest costs in the country--which has produced extraordinarily high levels of student debt. 68 percent of NJ college graduates in 2014 had student debt, and NJ residents carry student debt totaling more than $30 billion. We must tackle our higher education problem head on, by:
    Source: 2017 New Jersey Gubernatorial website, Murphy4NJ.com , Sep 19, 2016

    Focus on STEM to make Silicon Valley in New Jersey

    Bring back the 'STEM' sector:

    Murphy said "reigniting" the state's science, technology, engineering and mathematics sector was his main economic focus. He specifically cited Monmouth County as a "potential hotbed," for such activity.

    While the county's suburbs were once home to the biggest names--such as the Bell Labs and Lucent Technologies building in Holmdel--he said the resurgence could come in cities like Asbury Park, "communities where millennials want to live."

    "We were Silicon Valley before Silicon Valley was Silicon Valley. There's no reason we can't get that back," he said.

    Source: Asbury Park Press on 2017 New Jersey Gubernatorial race , Aug 31, 2016

    Reignite NJ science hotbed by focusing on STEM sector

    Bring back the 'STEM' sector: Murphy said "reigniting" the state's science, technology, engineering and mathematics sector was his main economic focus. He specifically cited Monmouth County as a "potential hotbed," for such activity.

    While the county's suburbs were once home to the biggest names he said the resurgence could come in "communities where millennials want to live. We were Silicon Valley before Silicon Valley was Silicon Valley. There's no reason we can't get that back," he said.

    Source: Asbury Park Press on 2017 New Jersey gubernatorial race , Aug 31, 2016

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    Barbara Buono
    Chris Christie
    Cory Booker
    Doug Steinhardt
    Hirsh Singh
    Jack Ciattarelli
    Joe Rullo
    John Wisniewski
    Kim Guadagno
    Seth Kaper-Dale
    NJ Senatorial:
    Bob Hugin
    Cory Booker
    Hirsh Singh
    Jeff Chiesa
    Murray Sabrin
    Rich Pezzullo
    Rik Mehta
    Robert Menendez
    Stuart Meissner
    Gubernatorial Debates 2021:
    CA Recall:
    S.D.Mayor Kevin_Faulconer(R)
    vs.Former Gov. nominee John Cox(R)
    vs.Former U.S.Rep Doug Ose(R)
    vs.Laura Smith(R)
    vs.Former Olympian Caitlyn Jenner(R)
    vs.Radio Host Larry Elder(R)
    vs.Kevin Paffrath(D)
    vs.Gavin Newsom(D)
    NJ: Incumbent Phil Murphy(D)
    vs.State Rep. Jack Ciattarelli(R)
    vs.Candidate Hirsh Singh(R)
    vs.GOP Chair Doug Steinhardt(R)
    VA: Incumbent Ralph Northam(D,term-limited)
    vs.Former Governor Terry McAuliffe(D)
    vs.CEO Glenn Youngkin(R)
    vs.A.G. Mark Herring(D)
    vs.State Sen. Amanda Chase(I)
    vs.Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax(D)
    vs.State Rep. Jennifer Carroll Foy(D)
    vs.State Rep. Lee Carter(D)
    vs.State Sen. Jennifer McClellan(D)
    vs.State Rep. Kirk Cox(R)
    vs.CEO Pete Snyder(R)

    Gubernatorial Debates 2023:
    KY: Incumbent Andy Beshear(D)
    vs.Former Gov. Matt Bevin(? R)

    vs.Senator Rand Paul(? R)
    vs.State Auditor Mike Harmon(R)
    LA: Incumbent John Bel Edwards(D,term-limited)
    vs.Biden Adviser Cedric Richmond(? D)
    vs.Senator John Neely Kennedy(? R)
    MS: Incumbent Tate Reeves(R)
    vs.Bill Waller(R)

    Gubernatorial Debates 2022:
    AK: Incumbent Mike Dunleavy(R)
    vs.Bill Walker(I)
    vs.Les Gara(D)
    vs.Billy Toien(L)
    vs.State Rep. Chris Kurka(R)
    AL: Incumbent Kay Ivey(R)
    vs.Chris Countryman(D)
    vs.Stacy Lee George(R)
    vs.Ambassador Lynda Blanchard(R)
    vs.State Sen. Malika Sanders-Fortier(D)
    vs.Challenger Tim James(R)
    AR: Incumbent Asa Hutchinson(R,term-limited)
    vs.Trump Adviser Sarah Huckabee Sanders(R)
    vs.A.G. Leslie Rutledge(R,withdrew Nov.2021)
    vs.Ricky Dale Harrington(L)
    vs.Anthony Bland(D)
    AZ: Incumbent Doug Ducey(R,term-limited)
    Mayor Marco Lopez(D)
    vs.Former news anchor Kari Lake(R)
    vs.Secretary of State Katie Hobbs(D)
    vs.State Treasurer Kimberly Yee(R)
    vs.U.S.Rep.Matt Salmon(R)
    vs.Steve Gaynor(R)
    vs.State Rep.Aaron Lieberman(D)
    vs.Jorge Rivas(R)
    vs.Karrin Taylor Robson(R)
    CA: Incumbent Gavin Newsom(D)
    vs.S.D.Mayor Kevin_Faulconer(R)
    vs.Former Gov. nominee John Cox(R)
    vs.Kevin Paffrath(D)
    vs.State Sen. Brian Dahle(R)
    CO: Incumbent Jared Polis(D)
    vs.Mayor Greg Lopez(R)
    vs.Heidi Ganahl(R)
    CT: Incumbent Ned Lamont(D)
    vs.Bob Stefanowski(? R)
    FL: Incumbent Ron DeSantis(R)
    vs.Former Gov.Charlie Crist(D)
    vs.Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried(D)
    vs.Annette Taddeo(D)
    vs.Brian Moore(G)
    GA: Incumbent Brian Kemp(R)
    vs.Minority Leader Stacey Abrams(D)
    vs.Senate candidate Shane Hazel(L)
    vs.State Rep.Vernon Jones(R)
    vs.2020 candidate Kandiss Taylor(R)
    vs.Senator David Perdue(R)
    HI: Incumbent David Ige(D,term-limited)
    vs.Marissa Kerns(R)
    vs.Lt.Gov.Josh Green(D)
    vs.Vicky Cayetano(D)
    vs.Paul Morgan(R)
    vs.State Rep.Kirk Caldwell(D)
    vs.U.S.Rep.Kai Kahele(D)
    IA: Incumbent Kim Reynolds(R)
    vs.Deidre DeJear(D)
    vs.State Rep.Ras Smith(D)
    ID: Incumbent Brad Little(R)
    vs.Raul Labrador(R)
    vs.Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin(R)
    vs.Ammon Bundy(R)
    vs.Ed Humphreys(R)
    IL: Incumbent J.B. Pritzker(D)
    vs.State Sen.Darren Bailey(R)
    vs.Paul Schimpf(R)
    vs.Jesse Sullivan(R)
    KS: Incumbent Laura Kelly(D)
    vs.Jeff Colyer(R)
    vs.State Sen.Derek Schmidt(R)
    vs.Chase LaPorte(R)
    Gubernatorial Debates 2022 (continued):
    MA: Incumbent Charlie Baker(R)
    vs.Lt.Gov.Karyn Polito(R)
    vs.State Rep. Geoff Diehl(R)
    vs.Harvard Professor Danielle Allen(D)
    vs.State Sen.Ben Downing(D)
    vs.State Sen.Sonia Chang-Diaz(D)
    vs.Shiva Ayyadurai(I)
    vs.A.G. Maura Healey(D)
    MD: Incumbent Larry Hogan(R,term-limited)
    vs.State Del.Robin Ficker(R) vs.State Del.Peter Franchot(D) vs.State Del.Kelly M. Schulz(R) vs.Secretary John B. King(D) vs.Ashwani Jain(D) vs.State A.G. Doug Gansler(D) vs.County Exec. Rushern Baker(D) vs.Secretary Thomas Perez(D) vs.Wes Moore(D) vs.Dan Cox(R)
    ME: Incumbent Janet Mills(D)
    vs.Former Gov. Paul LePage(R)
    MI: Incumbent Gretchen Whitmer(D)
    vs.Chief James Craig(R)
    vs.Police Chief Tudor Dixon(R)
    vs.Garrett Soldano(R)
    vs.John E. James(? R)
    MN: Incumbent Tim Walz(DFL)
    vs.Mayor Mike Murphy(R)
    vs.State Sen.Scott Jensen(R)
    vs.Michelle Benson(R)
    vs.Paul Gazelka(R)
    NE: Incumbent Pete Ricketts(R,term-limited)
    vs.U.S.Senator Bob Krist(R)
    vs.Chuck Herbster(R)
    vs.Jim Pillen(R)
    vs.Brett Lindstrom(R)
    vs.Carol Blood(D)
    vs.State Sen. Theresa Thibodeau(R)
    NH: Incumbent Chris Sununu(R)
    vs.Dan Feltes(D)
    vs.Karen Testerman(R)
    NM: Incumbent Michelle Lujan Grisham(D)
    vs.Commissioner Jay Block(R)
    vs.State Rep.Rebecca Dow(R)
    vs.Mark Ronchetti(R)
    NV: Incumbent Steve Sisolak(D)
    vs.A.G.Adam Laxalt(R)
    vs.North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee(R)
    vs.Dean Heller(R)
    vs.Joe Lombardo(R)
    vs.Mayor Michele Fiore(R)
    NY: Incumbent Andrew Cuomo(D,resigned)
    vs.Acting Gov.Kathy Hochul(D)
    vs.Rob Astorino(R)
    vs.Andrew Giuliani(R)
    vs.US.Rep.Lee Zeldin(R)
    vs.Tom Suozzi(D)
    vs.Attorney General Letitia James(D)
    OH: Incumbent Mike DeWine(R)
    vs.Former Rep.Jim Renacci(R)
    vs.Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley(D)
    vs.Mayor John Cranley(D)
    OK: Incumbent Kevin Stitt(R)
    vs.State Sen. Ervin Yen(R)
    vs.Connie Johnson(D)
    vs.Joy Hofmeister(D)
    vs.Natalie Bruno(L)
    OR: Incumbent Kate Brown(D,term-limited)
    vs.Gov. nominee Bud Pierce(R)
    vs.Paul Romero(R)
    vs.Casey Kulla(D)
    vs.Kerry McQuisten(R)
    vs.Tina Kotek(D)
    vs.Nicholas Kristof(D)
    vs.Tobias Read(D)
    vs.State Rep. Christine Drazan(R)
    PA: Incumbent Tom Wolf(D,term-limited)
    vs.U.S.Rep. Lou Barletta(R)
    vs.Commissioner Joe Gale(R)
    vs.A.G.Josh Shapiro(D)
    vs.William McSwain(R)
    vs.U.S.Rep.Melissa Hart(R)
    vs.State Sen.Scott Martin(R)
    vs.State Sen. Scott Martin(R)
    vs.State Sen. Doug Mastriano(R)
    RI: Incumbent Gina Raimondo(D,to Cabinet)
    vs.Gov. Dan McKee(D)
    vs.Secy.Matt Brown(D)
    vs.Mayor Allan Fung(R ?)
    vs.Luis-Daniel Munoz(D)
    vs.RI Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea(D)
    vs.Seth Magainer(D)
    vs.Helena Foulkes(D)
    SC: Incumbent Henry McMaster(R)
    vs.US.Rep.Joe Cunningham(D)
    vs.State senator Mia McLeod(D)
    SD: Incumbent Kristi Noem(R)
    vs.State Rep. Billie Sutton(? D)
    vs.Speaker Steven Haugaard(R)
    TN: Incumbent Bill Lee(R)
    vs.Carnita Atwater(D)
    vs.J B Smiley(D)
    TX: Incumbent Greg Abbott(R)
    vs.Beto O`Rourke(D)
    vs.Chad Prather(R)
    vs.State Sen.Don Huffines(R)
    vs.U.S.Rep. Allen West(R)
    vs.Deidre Gilbert(D)
    VT: Incumbent Phil Scott(R)
    (no prospective opponents yet)
    WI: Incumbent Tony Evers(D)
    vs.CEO Jonathan Wichmann(R)
    vs.Rebecca Kleefisch(R)
    vs.State Rep. Timothy Ramthun(R)
    WY: Incumbent Mark Gordon(R)
    vs.Rex Rammell(R)
    vs.Minority Leader Chris Rothfuss(? D)
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