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Tom O`Halleran on Education

 

 


We're falling behind others; make education a priority

Investing in our children's education not only benefits the individual child and families, but also is an investment in our state and country's economic future. After decades of schools falling farther behind other countries, it is time to make education a priority again for our children in America and Arizona.

While in the legislature, Tom led a bipartisan group that passed all-day kindergarten and made substantial investments in all levels of our schools, including research facilities at our three state universities that have been an economic driver and created good-paying jobs.

Among other education initiatives, Tom fought for funding teacher salaries and to retain soft capital (money that goes toward books and computers). He worked to maintain funding for new schools and school maintenance, which helped local property tax payers not pay as high a rate as they otherwise would to maintain their schools.

Source: 2016 Arizona House campaign website TomOHalleran.com , Nov 8, 2016

Improving public education should always be a top priority

Improving public education should always be a top priority. It was for me when I was an Arizona legislator. It's why I led a bipartisan coalition that fought for all day kindergarten. Investing in education has a profound positive impact on our children's and country's future. A better education system provides for a stronger economy, which improves revenues and eases pressure on taxes.

We need to make sure school funding for rural and tribal schools takes into account the differences those schools face (e.g., greater distance to school) and provides educational opportunities that help our students excel. Our children need to be able to compete in the job market well beyond their home town. Our rural and tribal communities also need to have schools that will attract and retain parents and companies for economic development. We need to do more to ensure that all children have access to a quality, competitive school regardless of their zip code.

Source: 2016 Arizona House campaign website TomOHalleran.com , Nov 8, 2016

Invest in our community colleges, including job training

Community colleges are a ladder to a four-year institution and an important asset for job training. As a country, we need to invest in our community colleges just as we do universities. For rural economies to succeed, we need affordable community colleges.

Arizona currently has a program for transferring credits from community colleges to our state universities. We should make this a nationwide program so students from all states can move or select colleges and universities outside their state and continue their education.

We should also be providing expanded job training for current workers so they can take advantage of the increasing number of opportunities in this field. This type of work especially lends itself to being able to work from anywhere, which can stabilize and improve our rural economy in Congressional District 1.

Source: 2016 Arizona House campaign website TomOHalleran.com , Nov 8, 2016

For establishing anti-bullying procedures for schools

HB2368: Requires school district governing boards to adopt and enforce procedures that prohibit the harassment, bullying and intimidation of pupils on school property at school sponsored events and activities.

Opposition in Phoenix New Times, May 31, 2012: The law setting the standard for anti-bullying policies in Arizona, passed by the Legislature in 2005, calls for districts to set their own policies and definitions. Arizona Senate Minority Leader David Schapira sees gaps in the current law that he's been trying to fill, as districts' own definitions of bullying can cause under-reporting, and educators and other school district employees aren't trained to recognize that bullying is taking place.

Legislative Outcome:Passed Senate 24-5-1 on Apr/11/05; State Sen. Tom O`Halleran voted YES; Passed House 43-12-5 on Apr/14/05; Signed by Governor Janet Napolitano on Apr/20/05

Source: Phoenix New Times on Arizona voting record HB2368 , Apr 11, 2005

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