Michael Folk on Education



Don't need to buy new math books every few years

Folk said there is wasteful spending in education. "I think there is too much of the education industry sucking money out of our education system," he said. "We do not need new math books every (few) years. Math has literally not changed for the last 75 years. I understand history and literature--but there is a lot of people making money off education that are not teachers, and a lot of times, it comes to testing."
Source: Martinsburg Journal-News on 2020 West Virginia Governor race , Feb 20, 2020

Teach basics to young children, not how to use devices

On schools: "Education is a big issue in West Virginia. We need to get back to basics," he said. "I know that is cliche but wasting money by putting a device in every child's hand from kindergarten to third or fourth grade is the biggest waste of money, and that line item is between $10-$20 million. It is developmentally inappropriate for children of that age to have devices in their hand. They need to learn the basics."
Source: Martinsburg Journal-News on 2020 West Virginia Governor race , Jan 13, 2020

Repeal Common Core and Testing

Repeal Common Core (especially Math & replace with common sense methods) and Testing (replace with WV teacher developed tests).
Source: 2020 West Virginia Governor campaign website Folk4WV.com , Dec 16, 2019

State funding for charters and vouchers

Q: Do you support the national Common Core State Standards initiative?

A: No. Federal government needs to get out of our state educational systems... i.e. unfunded mandates.

Q: Do you support a merit pay system for teachers?

A: Yes.

Q: Is the tenure process for public school teachers producing effective teachers?

A: No. Tenure has little to do with effective teaching.

Q: Should parents be allowed to use vouchers to send their children to any school?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support state funding for charter schools?

A: No.

Q: Do you support the state government providing college students with financial aid?

A: No. Promise scholarship is already available... any more than status quo... NO.

Source: West Virginia State 2012 Political Courage Test , Nov 1, 2012

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Stephen Noble Smith
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Joe Manchin III
John Raese
Patrick Morrisey
Paula Jean Swearengin
Richard Ojeda
Shelley Moore Capito

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Northam(D,term-limited) vs.Herring(D) vs.Chase(R) vs.Fairfax(D)

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Bevin(R) vs.Goforth(R,lost primary) vs.Adkins(D,lost primary) vs.Beshear(D) vs.Edelen(D,lost primary)
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MO: Parson(incumbent) vs.Galloway(D) vs.Neely(R)
MT: Bullock(retiring) vs.Fox(R) vs.Perry(R) vs.Gianforte(R) vs.Stapleton(R) vs.Olszewski(R) vs.Neill(D) vs.Schreiner(D) vs.Cooney(D) vs.Williams(D)
NC: Cooper(incumbent) vs.Forest(R) vs.Grange(R) vs.Pisano(C)
ND: Burgum(incumbent) vs.Coachman(R) vs.Lenz(D)
NH: Sununu(incumbent) vs.Volinsky(D) vs. fsFeltes(D)
PR: Rossello(D) vs.Garced(D) vs.Pierluisi(D)
UT: Herbert(retiring) vs.Huntsman(R) vs.Cox(R) vs.Burningham(R) vs.Newton(D) vs.Hughes(R) vs.Peterson(D)
VT: Scott(incumbent) vs.Holcombe(D) vs.Zuckerman(D)
WA: Inslee(incumbent) vs.Bryant(R) vs.Fortunato(R) vs.Culp(R)
WV: Justice(incumbent) vs.Folk(R) vs.Thrasher(R) vs.Vanover(D) vs.Smith(D) vs.Ron Stollings(D) vs.Salango(D)
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