Gutierrez-Aguon Platform Plank: Focus On Education

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Guam – In a news letter to supporters, the Gutierrez-Aguon team vow to focus on improving the island’s education system.

Among the highlights of their Education Plank are:

* Qualified, effective educators and adequate facilities are essential to helping our children excel in school.  And we are committed to new, innovative strategies and programs that will keep kids in school, motivate them to complete their education and equip them for successful careers.

* Aggressively pursue financial resources at the local and national levels of government to support the Department of Education. This includes aggressive pursuit of Compact Impact funds to assist in meeting the growing demands on our education system.

* Recognize the diverse needs of our student population and  work with DOE to bring successful best practice transformation models to Guam Schools such as the Johns Hopkins Talent Development Programs, magnet high school academies (e.g. college preparation academy, an industrial arts academy, a business academy, etc.) and different teaching strategies targeting specific student groups.

* Expand incentive programs for teachers….and we share your concern that the rate of school construction has not kept pace with the growth of the island’s population. 

* Step up construction by cutting red tape, reducing bureaucracy and exercising leadership.

* Expand early childhood development programs….not just because it’s what they’ve asked for but because it is the right thing to do for children.

* Work to ensure line agency support for school, libraries, sports facilities, and after school programs.  We agree with you that charter schools can play a vital role in our community.

TOGETHER WE CAN:EDUCATION FOR ALL

 


As we move into the final days of this campaign you can expect our opponents to turn up the volume on their lies, personal attacks, and gossip against our candidates.

They employ a “win at all costs” strategy and the amount of money they are spending is historic.  And yet, all of the full-page newspaper ads, slick TV commercials, radio spots, and mass mailers in the world will not change the fact that this election is not for sell.

 

In the midst of what seems like a tsunami of negativity, it’s crucial that we remember what drives our movement:  people like you.

For months now, we’ve met with you, listened carefully to your concerns, and your priorities have become the foundation of our new way forward. Our campaign belongs to the everyday heroes who are working harder, earning less, and paying more. Your ideas…your priorities…OUR VISION.

Take, for example, EDUCATION:

We agree with you that qualified, effective educators and adequate facilities are essential to helping our children excel in school.  And we are committed to new, innovative strategies and programs that will keep kids in school, motivate them to complete their education and equip them for successful careers.

We will aggressively pursue financial resources at the local and national levels of government to support the Department of Education. This includes aggressive pursuit of Compact Impact funds to assist in meeting the growing demands on our education system.

Like you we recognize the diverse needs of our student population and will work with DOE to bring successful best practice transformation models to Guam Schools such as the Johns Hopkins Talent Development Programs, magnet high school academies (e.g. college preparation academy, an industrial arts academy, a business academy, etc.) and different teaching strategies targeting specific student groups.

Like you we support the expansion of incentive programs for teachers….and we share your concern that the rate of school construction has not kept pace with the growth of the island’s population.  We will step up construction by cutting red tape, reducing bureaucracy and exercising leadership