Educated Workforce & Priorities for Public Education
Teachers deserve to be paid more and have a long-term strategic plan they can rely on for not only their salaries but their retirement and benefits as well. I owe my experiences in life to my teachers through the years from grade school through college. We can’t compete in the market place and attract jobs if we don’t have highly qualified and talent work-force. Our teachers are the ones who will be educating our future leaders and workers of tomorrow and we must be creative and find ways to pay them more. All parties must come together to continue to examine our current structure and do what we can as elected officials to pay all teachers more, reward those who go above and beyond, and help provide for those who want to go back and expand into teaching new fields.
How do we pay teachers more?
We must be creative, be willing to make changes, and look for other ways to increase our teacher’s salaries.
• I will work to create a plan that includes teachers to my list of recent college graduates tax incentive plan that gives those new graduates who chose teaching as their profession no state income tax for the first three years after graduation. Bill will need to be studied to see the effects but this is a way to get a new group of students into a field of study in which we will have a shortage in the upcoming years. A back-ended tax credit is one way to pay teachers more for their hard work and encourage those choosing a career to consider teaching as a profession.
• Create a program that allows businesses/ companies to partner with the high schools to pay for teacher’s increases that help prepare them for their field of study. Example Manufacturing Sector. Over 70% of our line managers are eligible to retire in the next 10 years. Are we encouraging students to go into the manufacturing sector? Can teachers in High school better prepare them in the S.T.E.M fields? What if companies helped pay to give those teachers more training and schooling as well as reward them for their dedication to these fields, what if companies invested in their future work-force by helping those who educate them. If people say they can’t afford to pay, I will challenge that and say we can’t afford not to.
EDUCATED WORKFORCE & PRIORITIES FOR PUBLIC EDUCATION
We need to create programs that focus on the retention of our graduates upon completion of their education. We have programs that give incentives to attend higher education schools in West Virginia but nothing to fill the void between graduation and their career paths. We must work together with the business leaders, public officials, teachers, and parents to help create incentives that will allow for more opportunities to hire our graduates and keep them in the state.
An interconnectedness of students, staff, and parents with good communication. Create environments of think tanks for all interested parties to achieve maximum outcomes.
21st century curriculum and instruction
Relevance and relationship are the keys to a meaningful education so our students can compete and excel in a global society.
Schools provide appropriate instruction and become powerful learning communities.
Students become well-rounded individuals in music, art, technology, writing, teamwork, group projects, and speaking skills, in addition to the core curriculum. Collaboration, formative, summative, and benchmark assessment, and effective monitoring process, to ensure that we are preparing students that are ready for the future.
Create a internet based assessment program
Periodically students should take test on likes and dislikes, personality traits, what they like to do which can help students see what fields of study they might like to take and what occupation they may excel in.
The PROMISE scholarship is indeed a great thing that allows our high school graduates to further their education in an in-state school for college. It was created to help keep our graduates in state for their education. We should not punish those students who decide to leave the state; instead work towards new ways of keeping them here. We must work with local businesses, educators, community leaders, and current employers to provide for ways to make more opportunities in the state available for our graduates who want to stay. We must examine all opportunities to partner with the colleges to establish a plan or form of prepayment of scholarships to help control escalating cost, thus locking the cost in at today’s tuition rates for use on future scholarships.
Additionally, offer businesses the chance to participate in scholarships and then they would have a vested interest in the graduate’s future employment thus keeping our graduates in WV.
CREATE PATHWAYS TO EDUCATION
Expand workforce preparation by offering vocational curriculum in middle school
West Virginia needs an educated, prepared workforce. However, a four-year college degree isn’t for everyone. To grow our workforce, we must grow the skilled professionals available. Introducing our children and grandchildren to a wide range of professions, including technical and trades professions, is vital to ensuring that West Virginia companies have skilled workers and that our kids have a career pathway when they finish school.
Reintroduce Stay in the State Act and PROMISE for All
Young people are leaving our state at an alarming level. The Stay in the State Act provides an incentive for our young people to remain in West Virginia while combating the student loan crisis. The bill creates more opportunity for recent college graduates to stay in West Virginia by providing a tax incentive to employers to help pay down their employees’ student loan debt.
PROMISE for All legislation will expand the PROMISE scholarship to all West Virginia high school graduates who want to pursue higher education and agree to stay and work in West Virginia after graduation. The changes in this bill will give every student who graduates from high school in West Virginia an opportunity to receive PROMISE scholarship money for four-year colleges and trade schools.