But back to the Murrayâs plan of action. He comes right out and says something that I truly believe in, âAs a Commonwealth, the state must invest in our childrenâs education.â The idea that our increased funding for education is an investment is something I fully agree with, not only is it an investment in our childâs future, but ours as well. Todayâs children are tomorrowâs leaders. Murray feels the state must increase overall funding for our childrenâs education; this includes higher ed as well.
Here is some shocking news that I was unaware of before, 30 percent of the Massachusetts teachers are due to retire within five years. Thatâs a large number that we will have to replace, not mention the increase in public school students that will most likely take place (that is if people stop leaving the state). So how can we fill these gaps, lets face it teaching isnât the job most people jump for, especially with the pay the way it is. But Murray has a plan worth looking into, one that will become a factor right after high school graduation. He is in favor of a program that will help future teachers pay for their college education, as long as they commit to teaching in Massachusetts public schools for a certain number of years. Iâll let you read all the facts in the article itself (link is above) but suffice to say that the University of Massachusetts Medical School has a program that this one will be modeled after, and it has been extremely successful at creating an influx of physicians into Massachusetts.
There are too many great ideas in this plan of action and I am already running a long post, but continue I shall. Murray sees the problem of kids skipping school or dropping out, and also sees a number of agencies already in place that have been handling this issue. However the problem still exists, why, because of a lack of coordination between agencies. We donât need to make a new agency and use more tax dollars that could be going directly into the educational system; we simply need to perfect the current agencies we have now. With Murray in the corner office I am certain the cooperation will increase and the problem will decrease. I donât think that I even have to make a comment on how much I love this idea of spending our tax dollars the right way, rather than spending more of them the wrong way.
Murray also lays out a plan to interlace high school and college programs, and even community schools with universities. Now these plans already have successful models, community colleges and the UMassâ, and the Massachusetts Academy of Math and Science in Worcester and Worcester Polytechnic Institute. What Murray is advocating for is an expansion of these programs across Massachusetts so that more of our citizens can afford higher education. I have already commented on how I feel a college degree is becoming increasingly more important as the years go by, and this plan gives a way for students who might not have been able to afford a college degree before a chance to afford one now. Also the program between the Community schools and the UMassâ gives students who did not do too well in high school a chance to get their bachelors degree without missing any years of schooling, plus the Community schools cost less.
I encourage everyone to take advantage of the link I supplied to the âMaking the Gradeâ site. It covers the candidateâs ideas much more extensively and much better than I was able to do in my short time here. I hope you enjoy it as much as did, I found his plans quite interesting and thoughtful. I see them all as making a better Massachusetts, education, as I said above, is not only an investment in the future of our children, but itâs an investment in our future as well.
And yes, I am a Murray Fan