Romney Wants Higher Teacher Pay

Republican Presidential candidate told Vernon Hills Town Hall beginning teachers should be paid more.

wants to increase the pay of new teachers and give parents more choice in ways to educate their children if he is elected President this year.

Romney shared his ideas on schooling in answer to a question from a person “in education” at a Town Hall Meeting tonight in Vernon Hills where slightly less than 500 people stuffed themselves into an overheated gymnasium while 200 more listened on speakers outside.

“We should pay our beginning teachers more,” Romney said. “The national unions are too interested in benefits for the older teachers.” He would also do what he could to give parents options like charter schools.

Hearkening back to his days of governor of Massachusetts, Romney explained what he learned about effective schooling and how he made changes in a state where he worked as a Republican executive with a Democratic dominated legislature.

“They said make classroom size smaller,” Romney said. “I studied that. There was no relationship between classroom size and how the kids did.” He said the same was true for spending per pupil.

“It is what the kids experience in the classroom,” Romney said about what makes successful education.

Romney decried the falling standards of education in the country. “How can the country that invented public education have fallen so low,” he asked? He mentioned countries like Singapore and Finland have better public education today.

Check back tomorrow morning for Patch’s complete story on the Town Hall with Romney’s ideas on job creation, foreign policy and other issues. Patch will have the reaction of who has endorsed the former governor and spoke at the event.

Richard Schulte March 29, 2012 at 03:33 AM
"Interesting. For facts, I read the NYT. For opinion, David Brooks, Roger Cohen, William Pfaff and Thomas Friedman regularly. TV and radio, it's PBS and NPR. I guess that makes me a socialist." I used to watch the McNeil-Lerher News Hour back in the later 1980's. But then I figured out that this was just an hour of biased news coverage. NPR, just more left-wing biased commentary. The left thinks Fox News is biased, but can't see the bias in The New York Times, PBS or NPR-just totally blind to their own bias. Of course, being a socialist is not based upon what you read, but rather what you believe. I occasionly read an article from The New York Times (and the Washington Post too). If you support Obamacare, you're a socialist. If you think tax the rich simply because they are rich, you're a socialist. Just what will taxing the rich at a higher rate accomplish? Answer: It will cause the rich to take their money elsewheres. Example: Taxes on yachts in Massachusetts are higher than those in Rhode Island. So Senator Kerry docks his yacht in Rhode Island to avoid Massachusetts yacht taxes. Senator Kerry is just using common sense in avoiding taxes-he's no dummy. You have to be really dumb not to be able to figure out the effect on raising taxes has on the economy. Italy has high taxes, so an underground economy develops where taxes are avoided. So high tax rates don't increase revenues they simply change how businesss in conducted.
Richard Schulte March 29, 2012 at 03:50 AM
We have lies told about the Martin/Zimmerman incident by Democrats-what really happened is that Martin attacks Zimmerman and Zimmerman defends himself with his equalizer. Martin gets equalized. Now a report from Wisconsin on the recall of the Lt. Governor: "While Democratic femme-a-gogues continue their plaintive wailing about a “war on women,” [Wisconsin Lt. Governor] Kleefisch has battled vile misogyny from liberal detractors. When lefty Wisconsin radio host John “Sly” Sylvester accused Kleefisch of performing “fellatio on all the talk-show hosts in Milwaukee” and sneered that she had “pulled a train” (a crude phrase for gang sex), feminists remained silent. A former television anchor, small businesswoman and mother of two, Kleefisch’s quiet work on economic development has reaped untold dividends for the state. But if conservatives who preach the gospel of fiscal conservatism do not act, the profligate progressives’ vendetta against Wisconsin may result in the first-ever recall of a lieutenant governor in American history." http://michellemalkin.com/ You accuse me of being uncivil? How do you people live with yourself? To leftists, politics is just a game and facts and truth don't matter. Once again, your pants are on fire.
Richard Schulte March 29, 2012 at 11:06 AM
This did not appear in The New York Times: "Most of all, if the left throws every single weapon it can at Wisconsin Republicans and yet cannot prevent a conservative agenda from becoming law, then the left must know that it is vulnerable everywhere to conservatives who do not back down. If this last desperate effort of the power-mongers of leftism fails, then their whip may become a wet noodle, and the whole corrupt syndicate of leftism may completely unravel. Watch Wisconsin." Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/03/watch_wisconsin.html#ixzz1qVCo3xX4 The left is losing in Wisconsin and if the left cannot win in Wisconsin, then the left's funeral procession in under way. Deletion of my posts on Patch is a sympton of the left's desperation. The left has exposed its agenda for all to see and Americans reject that agenda. Sorry leftist, but America is not going to go the route of Europe. Europe is (financially) bankrupt, as are state and local governments, such as Detroit, Chicago and the State of Illinois. Anywhere Democrats have their hands on the purse strings, bankruptcy is sure to follow.
Richard Schulte March 29, 2012 at 11:30 AM
An article discussing the potential for civil war or revolution in the United States may be of interest: http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/03/the_republic_if_we_can_keep_it.html The talk of civil war in the United States is not some crazy, wild-eyed notion. The US Federal Government is essentially bankrupt and faces unsubstainable spending commitments in the future. While conservatives such as Representative Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) attempt to do something to rein in the spending, leftist want to continue the spending party. Sooner or later, the house-of-cards has to come tumbling down. Leftist love to talk about sustainability, but government finances are simply not sustainable. Will Democrats permit the opposition party to fix the problem (if it can be fixed) or will Democrats continue to oppose fixing the problem, thereby precipitating financial collapse. Certainly, some on the left are intent on causing financial collapse so that they can impose their ideology on America. One way to avoid civil war in America is to simply get a divorce-peacefully divide the nation into two (or more) separate countries. In modern times, this happened peacefully in the Soviet Union. The Soviet system was simply unsustainable. It appears that America as presently constituted may also be unsustainable due to the Democrats refusal to rein in spending.
Richard Schulte March 29, 2012 at 11:53 AM
An excellent summary of the Martin/Zimmerman incident. BTW, Sully was the one who brought the Martin/Zimmerman incident into this discussion about 10 days ago. If Sully wants to discuss Martin/Zimmerman, by all means, let's discuss it-the Martin/Zimmerman incident is another embarassment for the left. "The bottom line is: we don’t have all the facts surrounding what actually happened that day (FLASHBACK: Duke lacrosse case), yet the liberal media and politicians have been more than happy to jump to conclusions and demand Zimmerman be arrested and charged with a crime. They have deemed him guilty by public opinion, which means a few things: 1) he can’t get a fair trial; 2) because he can’t get a fair trial, even if a crime was in fact committed, he’ll most likely be acquitted because the case is so public, which means no justice anyway; 3) if he’s innocent of any crime, Zimmerman has been found guilty by public opinion, which will have a damaging effect on his life moving forward." http://townhall.com/columnists/katiepavlich/2012/03/29/embarrassment_surrounding_the_trayvon_martin_case/page/2


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