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Eddie Melton on Education

 

 


Worked for Obama on mentoring boys and young men of color

Senator Melton has been instrumental in establishing mentoring organizations around the country and in 2015 was asked to work with Obama's administration in implementing My Brother's Keeper, a national initiative designed to address persistent opportunity gaps facing boys and young men of color.
Source: 2020 Indiana Gubernatorial campaign website EddieMelton.com , Dec 5, 2019

Increasing pay will address state teacher shortage

Eddie Melton introduced a bill that would address the startling lack of compensation teachers receive in the State of Indiana. Melton proposed raising teacher salaries by appropriating additional funds to the school funding formula in the 2019 budget session, showing our teachers that we value the hard work they do for all of our state's children. Improving teachers' compensation will also address the prevalent teacher shortage our state has increasingly faced over the years.
Source: 2020 Indiana Gubernatorial campaign website EddieMelton.com , Dec 5, 2019

Criticizes current budget that favors online/charter schools

Melton, 38, who represents Gary in the General Assembly, criticized Holcomb for signing a budget that he said provides more dollars to virtual and charter schools than public classrooms, which he said saw a smaller funding increase. Melton said Holcomb's administration has also failed to adequately respond to demands for reforming the Department of Child Resources.
Source: Crawfordsville Journal Review on 2020 Indiana Governor race , Oct 13, 2019

No investment is more important than our students

I firmly believe that our budget is a reflection of our values. For example, Indiana is ranked dead last in teachers' salaries and 49th in student spending, yet we have a $2 billion surplus. No investment is more important than our students. Education is the bedrock of our community and the future of our economy. In order for us to advance the goals and dreams of our children that we all have shared, we must come together as Hoosiers from across the entire state.
Source: Chicago Crusader on 2020 Indiana gubernatorial race , Jun 7, 2019

Reduce private school vouchers; increase teacher pay

Melton has become the point person for Senate Democrats on education issues, pushing a plan during this year's legislative session that aimed at guaranteeing a minimum 5% raise for teachers by reducing state funding of vouchers for students attending private schools, eliminating proposed increases for charter schools and stretching out state payments toward a teacher pension fund.
Source: Chicago Tribune on 2020 Indiana gubernatorial race , Jun 4, 2019

Opposes teaching creation science in public schools

A bill by Sen. Dennis Kruse introduced sweeping changes to the role religion plays in public schools, opening the door for schools to teach courses on creation science and Bible studies. It passed out of the education committee in an 8-2 vote, with Sen. Mark Stoops and Eddie Melton voting against.

Should SB 373 become law, public high schools will be able to count time spent by a student on optional religious instruction as academic credit.

Source: Washington Times-Herald on Indiana voting record: SB373 , Feb 20, 2019

Every child deserves a quality public education

Source: Ballotpedia.org Connection: 2020 Indiana Governor race , Nov 1, 2016

Other governors on Education: Eddie Melton on other issues:
IN Gubernatorial:
Daniel Coats
Eric Holcomb
Mike Pence
Pete Buttigieg
Woody Myers
IN Senatorial:
Andrew Straw
Baron Hill
Brian Bosma
Eric Holcomb
Evan Bayh
Joe Donnelly
Luke Messer
Mark Hurt
Marlin Stutzman
Mike Braun
Todd Rokita
Todd Young

Gubernatorial Debates 2021:
NJ:
Murphy(D) vs.Ciattarelli(R)
VA:
Northam(D,term-limited) vs.Herring(D) vs.Chase(R) vs.Fairfax(D)

Gubernatorial Debates 2019:
KY:
Bevin(R) vs.Goforth(R,lost primary) vs.Adkins(D,lost primary) vs.Beshear(D) vs.Edelen(D,lost primary)
LA:
Edwards(D) vs.Rispone(R) vs.Abraham(R) vs.Kennedy(R,declined)
MS:
Bryant(R,retiring) vs.Foster(R) vs.Hood(D) vs.Reeves(R) vs.Waller(R)

Gubernatorial Debates 2020:
DE: vs.Carney(incumbent) vs.Williams(D)
IN: vs.Holcomb(incumbent) vs.Melton(D) vs.Myers(D)
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)
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)
VT: Scott(incumbent) vs.Holcombe(D) vs.Zuckerman(D)
WA: Inslee(incumbent) vs.Bryant(R) vs.Fortunato(R)
WV: Justice(incumbent) vs.Folk(R) vs.Thrasher(R) vs.Vanover(D) vs.Smith(D) vs.Ron Stollings(D)
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