College students cannot afford Republican Charlie Baker’s new education proposal. In a new plan that he released last week, Republican Charlie Baker ignored the needs of gateway communities and families struggling to put their children through college. The College Democrats of Massachusetts (CDM) believe that this plan is nothing more than a band-aid solution: one that covers up deeper issues with the Massachusetts public higher education system.
“Republican Charlie Baker’s plan addresses a symptom, not the root of the issue,” says CDM President Marvin McMoore. “We need a governor who has a plan to prepare students and help them get into college, not just rush them through once they are there.”
“Over the past 8 years, Governor Patrick has made college more affordable all while increasing the overall quality of higher education in our state,” continues McMoore. “The Governor has decreased the cost of student loans, funded MassGrant and other scholarships, and has revitalized community and state college campuses across the commonwealth. Republican Charlie Baker wants to reverse Governor Patrick’s success.”
Republican Charlie Baker’s record on education leaves many questions unanswered. As the Secretary of Administration and Finance, Republican Charlie Baker tried to gut state education spending by almost $200 million. In 1996, Republican Charlie Baker sought to cut funding to public schools by $25 Million. Seeking to further gut education spending, Republican Charlie Baker further slashed funding by at least $30 million, even as state spending rose by 2.5%. As if that was not enough, in 1997 Republican Charlie Baker co-wrote a plan that would slash state funding for education by over $100 million. That same year, Massachusetts ranked 46th in the nation for the physical condition of its schools.
“Governor Patrick has taken us from the bottom of every national education ranking right to the top,” said McMoore, “Under Charlie Baker’s supervision and the Republican governorships our schools were failing. Now with a Democrat in the corner office, they are succeeding more than ever.”