Initiative 42 and Education Funding
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INCREASED EDUCATION FUNDING & REFORM
Provided record funding for education and a teacher pay raise while enacting reforms to increase education attainment levels, including:
Creating an A-F rating system so all parents can understand school performance and eliminating a confusing seven-tier system.
Empowering parents to make decisions that are best for their kids’ education, including allowing public charter schools in failing districts.
Enacting a 3rd grade reading gate to ensure that students who can’t read aren’t passed on and providing $30 million in new funding for reading coaches who help children learn and help teachers sharpen skills.
Improved pre-school education by creating a pre-kindergarten collaborative program with public-private community partnerships.
Passed a teacher pay raise bill making our state one of the top paying states for beginning teachers in the Southeast.