Schwarzenegger says administration
will focus on education next year
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger
By Julia Cheever
June 6, 2007
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger told a business audience in San Francisco
yesterday that his administration will focus on education reform
next year, to fix what he called a "broken" system.
Schwarzenegger said, "Next year will be the year of education
He said, "The education system itself is actually broken"
and said it needs systemic revamping.
"I don't believe in the band-aid approach. I think you should
attend to the whole problem," the governor said.
He said he supports improvement of technical education and allowing
parents to choose their children's schools, including even schools
outside their district, among other changes.
Schwarzenegger spoke on "A Vision for California" before
about 350 business representatives at a program sponsored by the
San Francisco Chamber of Commerce and Pacific Gas and Electric
Co. The meeting took place in a PG&E auditorium.
He said better technical or vocational education would address
the state's need for skilled labor. Technical training doesn't
necessarily require going to college and could take place in high
school or community college as well as college, he said.
"You don't need to go to college to be an auto mechanic
or a computer technician," the governor said.
Schwarzenegger said allowing parents to select their children's
schools, inside or outside their district, would improve schools
by fostering competition.
"We must make schools more competitive so you can choose
between one and another. It's the same thing as going shopping
for a car. Parents should be able to change districts and schools,"
The governor also touched on his proposals for health care reform,
prison reform and addressing global warming during the half-hour
speech and told the audience, "California is back on track."
In answer to an audience question about immigration, Schwarzenegger
said, "President Bush is very courageous" in advocating
an immigration reform plan.
The governor said, "I strongly believe we must secure our
borders, we must build the fence, we must have the best-trained
border patrol there."
But he also said there should be ways for California to have
guest workers in agriculture and construction and to allow foreign
students who attend California universities to stay in the state
"That would solve problems in Silicon Valley," he said.
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