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Thursday, October 26, 2006

Beebe wins on 'responsibility'

Posted By on Thu, Oct 26, 2006 at 8:47 AM

John Brummett today says you should base your vote in the governor's race on two things: Tax and fiscal policy and public education policy.

Brummett says Beebe wins on both counts.

Having led the state Legislature for two decades, Beebe simply has a greater awareness of, and sensitivity to, budget reality. The policy “wonkness” that lost him the third debate would make him a more responsible governor.

Second, there’s public education policy.

Hutchinson talks about “flexible standards” to keep rural schools open. He suggests using technology for “distance learning,” meaning Webcasting and such, to fill in gaps for districts with insufficient numbers of students to hire and equip physics and chemistry teachers and labs, for example.

Beebe eschews further consolidation, too. But he talks about rigid standards enforcement regardless of school location or size and about using distance learning for individual needs — such as a youngster who has a scheduling conflict — rather than as a wholesale substitute for good ol’ live classroom interaction.

Again, Beebe’s way is more responsible.

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