Martin O`Malley on Education



Income-based college loan repayment plan for all students

Q: Senator, you want free tuition for public colleges. Doesn't that just shift the cost to taxpayers?

SANDERS: We have some colleges and universities that are spending a huge amount of money on fancy dormitories and on giant football stadiums. Maybe we should focus on quality education with well-paid faculty members [instead of] vice presidents who earn a big salary.

Q: Governor, how do you propose lowering some of these costs?

O'MALLEY: My plan actually goes further than Senator Sanders' because a big chunk of the cost is actually room and board and books and fees. So as a nation we need to increase what we invest in Pell grants. Yes, we need to make it easier for parents to refinance. I propose a block grant program that will keep the states in the game as well. I believe that all of our kids should go into an income-based repayment plan. There're families all across America who aren't able to contribute to our economy because of this crushing student loan.

Source: 2015 ABC/WMUR Democratic primary debate in N.H. , Dec 19, 2015

Goal of affordable & debt-free college, like in Maryland

SANDERS [to O'Malley]: In the year 2015, we should look at a college degree the same way we looked at a high school degree 50 or 60 years ago. If you want to make it into the middle class, the bottom line now, is in America, in the year 2015, any person who has the ability and the desire should be able to get an education, college education, regardless of the income of his or her family. And we must substantially lower, as my legislation does, interest rates on student debt.

O'MALLEY: I would agree with much of what Senator Sanders says. I believe that actually affordable college, debt-free college is the goal that we need to attain as a nation. And, unlike my two distinguished colleagues on this stage, I actually made college more affordable and was the only state that went four years in a row without a penny's increase to college tuition.

Source: 2015 CBS Democratic primary debate in Iowa , Nov 14, 2015

Dad went to college on GI bill; kids went on pile of bills

Q: Q: Senator Sanders, you want to make public college free altogether. And you want to have the states pay for about 1/3 of this $70 billion plan, correct?


O'MALLEY: I respectfully disagree with Senator Sander's approach. I believe that the goal should be debt-free college. I believe that our Federal Government needs to do more on Pell grants. States need to stop cutting higher education, and we should create a new block grant program that keeps the states' skin in the game, and we should lower these outrageous interest rates that parents and kids are being charged by their own government. 7% and 8% to go to college? I mean, my dad went to college on a G.I. Bill after coming home from Japan, flying 33 missions. My daughters went to college on a mountain of bills. We were proud of them on graduation day, but we're going to be proud every month for the rest of our natural lives. It doesn't need to be that way. We can have debt-free college in the United States.

Source: 2015 CBS Democratic primary debate in Iowa , Nov 14, 2015

Don't burden our kids with massive college debt

Our economy isn't money, it's people. It's all of our people, and so we must invest in our country, and the potential of our kids to make college a debt free option for all of our families, instead of settling our kids with a lifetime of crushing debt. The future is what we make of it. We are all in this together. The question in this election is whether you and I still have the ability to give our kids a better future. I believe we do, that is why I am running for president.
Source: 2015 CNN Democratic primary debate in Las Vegas , Oct 13, 2015

Allow refinancing college loans & income-based repayments

O'Malley says about student debt, "We need to invest in our public colleges and universities to make college more affordable for more families. And we need to make it possible for students to actually refinance their college debt and their college loans just like we made it possible for people to be able to refinance their home mortgages. We should make income-based repayment plans the norm so that young people whose passion might be teaching or nursing or policing to be able to follow their dreams and also be able to pay their bills and start families.

In his State of the State in January 2014, O'Malley wished for "A day when every high school student in Maryland graduates with a modern technical skill and a year of college credit already earned."

Source: Forbes Magazine "2016 Candidates Want You to Know" series , Jun 1, 2015

Encourage more public charter schools

We have some great schools here in Maryland, but the gap between the best and the worst schools is dramatic. I believe that every child in Maryland deserves a world-class education, regardless of what neighborhood they grow up in. We must fix our under-performing schools while also giving parents and children realistic and better alternatives.

So, let's expand families choices. Let's encourage more public charter schools to open and operate in Maryland. This month, our administration will submit legislation to strengthen Maryland's charter school law. This legislation will expand choices for families and make it easier for more public charter schools to operate in Maryland.

Source: State of the State address to 2015 Maryland Legislature , Feb 4, 2015

Tax credits for contributions to private & parochial schools

Our administration will also push for the enactment of the "Building Opportunities for All Students and Teachers" legislation, also known as "BOAST." It provides tax credits to those who make voluntary contributions to private or parochial schools, and it will help free up more money and resources for our students in public schools. This legislation has been debated in these chambers for more than a decade. It is the right thing to do.
Source: State of the State address to 2015 Maryland Legislature , Feb 4, 2015

Complete College Maryland: incentives to finish on time

We must continue to make college more affordable for more families. Today, the University of Maryland is a top-5 national value. Access to college is important, but completing college is essential in this knowledge-based economy. That's the goal of Complete College Maryland, which I hope you will support in this year's budget. It's a step--but only a step. To move forward, we must rethink the way we fund higher education so there is a greater incentive for completing college on time.
Source: 2011 Maryland State of the State Address , Feb 3, 2011

Give students, teachers & parents resources they need

Martin O’Malley believes that, to fulfill Maryland’s potential, we must return to building a world-class education system and ensure opportunity for all Maryland children. We need to focus on giving students, teachers and parents the resources they need to succeed.
Source: 2006 Gubernatorial website, martinomalley.com, “Issues” , Nov 7, 2006

Offer every parent Charter Schools and public school choice.

O`Malley adopted the manifesto, "A New Agenda for the New Decade":

Create World-Class Public Schools
Now more than ever, quality public education is the key to equal opportunity and upward mobility in America. Yet our neediest children often attend the worst schools. While lifting the performance of all schools, we must place special emphasis on strengthening those institutions serving, and too often failing, low-income students.

To close this achievement and opportunity gap, underperforming public schools need more resources, and above all, real accountability for results. Accountability means ending social promotion, measuring student performance with standards-based assessments, and testing teachers for subject-matter competency.

As we demand accountability, we should ensure that every school has the resources needed to achieve higher standards, including safe and modern physical facilities, well-paid teachers and staff, and opportunities for remedial help after school and during summers. Parents, too, must accept greater responsibility for supporting their children’s education.

We need greater choice, competition, and accountability within the public school system, not a diversion of public funds to private schools that are unaccountable to taxpayers. With research increasingly showing the critical nature of learning in the early years, we should move toward universal access to pre-kindergarten education.

Source: The Hyde Park Declaration 00-DLC2 on Aug 1, 2000

Opposes education vouchers for public or private school.

O`Malley opposes the CC survey question on school vouchers

The Christian Coalition voter guide [is] one of the most powerful tools Christians have ever had to impact our society during elections. This simple tool has helped educate tens of millions of citizens across this nation as to where candidates for public office stand on key faith and family issues.

The CC survey summarizes candidate stances on the following topic: "Education vouchers that allow parents to choose public or private school for their children"

Source: Christian Coalition Survey 10-CC-q7 on Aug 11, 2010

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