Monday, April 24, 2006


Issue 5 ----- Education

Candidates Express Their Views on Education

We asked the candidates for their responses to 13 questions. Over the next few days, we will post their answers. We put the candidates names in the blogomatic candidate randomization selector, so the order of their answers is totally random. Here's the fifth of our questions.

How would you improve the quality of education in the Commonwealth?


I am the product of a quality public education. I am very fortunate to have attended some of the best colleges in the country. I was able to do this with an educational foundation built in the public school system. By controlling the costs of education, we can get more for every tax dollar. The current system of financing public education primarily through property taxes is unfair on the many senior citizen property owners.


I support greater local control of school districts and favor the elimination of unnecessary mandates placed upon them.

Distribution of state monies for education must be more equitable, particularly for rapidly growing school districts.

I support tough educational standards and accountability.

I support continued state funding for the Head Start Program, after-school day care, education and nutrition programs.


Competition! Monopolies increase cost and decrease quality - at the grocery store and in education. I support school choice where parents make the key decisions with the money for education following the student. Increased local control with reductions in state and federal mandates which tie the hands of good teachers and school boards to innovate will mean that not only the rich can have the opportunity to give their children the best education.


I’m a strong believer in public schools. What we need to do is have a state-wide curriculum for all subjects. Each district should use the same books for major classes. The state should make bulk purchases and sell books and supplies to schools at a discount. The state also needs to promote agriculture in the classroom, including allowing FFA students the option of taking academic courses to help prepare for college.


Overall I believe that the quality of education in Pennsylvania is one of the highest in the nation. There are however certainly some issues that need to be addressed. Funding is probably the root of all the issues. Without the money, early childhood programs do not move forward, pupil support services do not improve and college tuitions continue to increase.


Bigus did not respond to our questionnaire.

* Candidates were limited to a 75 word response to each question.

Why is Bigus not responding to any of your questions?

And why is McNamara responding to your questions?
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