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Romney Wants Higher Teacher Pay

Republican Presidential candidate told Vernon Hills Town Hall beginning teachers should be paid more.

wants to increase the pay of new teachers and give parents more choice in ways to educate their children if he is elected President this year.

Romney shared his ideas on schooling in answer to a question from a person “in education” at a Town Hall Meeting tonight in Vernon Hills where slightly less than 500 people stuffed themselves into an overheated gymnasium while 200 more listened on speakers outside.

“We should pay our beginning teachers more,” Romney said. “The national unions are too interested in benefits for the older teachers.” He would also do what he could to give parents options like charter schools.

Hearkening back to his days of governor of Massachusetts, Romney explained what he learned about effective schooling and how he made changes in a state where he worked as a Republican executive with a Democratic dominated legislature.

“They said make classroom size smaller,” Romney said. “I studied that. There was no relationship between classroom size and how the kids did.” He said the same was true for spending per pupil.

“It is what the kids experience in the classroom,” Romney said about what makes successful education.

Romney decried the falling standards of education in the country. “How can the country that invented public education have fallen so low,” he asked? He mentioned countries like Singapore and Finland have better public education today.

Check back tomorrow morning for Patch’s complete story on the Town Hall with Romney’s ideas on job creation, foreign policy and other issues. Patch will have the reaction of who has endorsed the former governor and spoke at the event.

Richard Schulte March 28, 2012 at 02:24 PM
This thread is a sign of the times-one political party so desperate to hang on to power that it must resort to censorship of anyone who expresses a different political opinion from their own opinion. In Wisconsin, voters in the 2010 election replaced a Democrat governor and a Democrat majority in both houses of the legislature with a Republican governor and a Republican majority in the legislature. The voters of Wisconsin expressed their will at the ballot box. Recalls of state senators initiated by Democrats last summer failed to change the balance of power in the State Senate. A recall of the Governor is now under way, but one side in this political debate is involved in censorship of any opinion expressed in support of Governor Walker. In the Martin/Zimmerman incident, the left has twisted facts in order to incite racial animosity. On Monday, facts in the case show that Martin violently attacked Zimmerman and that Zimmerman legally defended himself against the attack. Witnesses back Zimmerman's recount of the events and injuries sustained by Zimmerman are consistent with a violent attack by Martin. In yesterday's hearing at the Supreme Court, Justice Kennedy noted that the implementation of Obamacare will fundamentally change the relationship between American citizens and government. Is Obamacare unconstitutional? We will know soon enough-the Supreme Court will rule on that issue in a few months, if not before.
Richard Schulte March 28, 2012 at 02:43 PM
At would seem that at practically every chance they get, the American people reject the left's political agenda. The fact that the constitutionality of Obamacare is being questioned is an indication that the left does not respect the United States Constitution. Certainly, it would seem that the constitutionality of any law should be addressed prior to the implementation of the law, yet the Obama Administration has proceeded full-steam ahead with the implementation of Obamacare prior to the issue being addressed by the Supreme Court. Government only works with the consent of the governed. President Obama has been exercising power against the will of the people. Any president who exercises power without the consent of the governed should be removed from office. Given that an election will be held in little over 7 months, impeachment and removal from office makes no sense-the American people have the opportunity to remove President Obama from office at the ballot box. Governor Walker recall will also be decided at the ballot box. I fully expect that the people of Wisconsin will recognize "thug" politics and once again make the same decision as was made in November 2010. Endless elections to prevent Governor Walker from governing is not what was intended by the Wisconsin Constitution. If Democrats want to impeach Governor Walker and remove him from office, they should proceed with impeachment.
Richard Schulte March 28, 2012 at 06:32 PM
At would seem that at practically every chance they get, the American people reject the left's political agenda. The fact that the constitutionality of Obamacare is being questioned is an indication that the left does not respect the United States Constitution. Certainly, it would seem that the constitutionality of any law should be addressed prior to the implementation of the law, yet the Obama Administration has proceeded full-steam ahead with the implementation of Obamacare prior to the issue being addressed by the Supreme Court. Government only works with the consent of the governed. President Obama has been exercising power against the will of the people. Any president who exercises power without the consent of the governed should be removed from office. Given that an election will be held in little over 7 months, impeachment and removal from office makes no sense-the American people have the opportunity to remove President Obama from office at the ballot box. Governor Walker recall will also be decided at the ballot box. I fully expect that the people of Wisconsin will recognize "thug" politics and once again make the same decision as was made in November 2010. Endless elections to prevent Governor Walker from governing is not what was intended by the Wisconsin Constitution. If Democrats want to impeach Governor Walker and remove him from office, they should proceed with impeachment.
RB March 28, 2012 at 07:07 PM
You are pretty much full of it. The right wing of the Republican party has taken over and it produces voters such as you having a field day with the facts. Rush must have gotten you pretty fired up today. Every law to the Supreme Court before implementation? That would include voter ID, Prop 8 and many other right wing produced laws. Watch what you ask for. Finally, we have a President not interested in 'nation building' anywhere but here at home. Your previous President 43 was nation building, starting wars, cutting taxes for the rich, spending money like no tommorow and now this President has to deal with the mess. Quite a fine mess you and your band of right wingers got us in to. I only hope that President Obama gets returned to Washington for a second term to continue to right the wrongs. Frankly, you folks are just a bunch of sore losers that won't accept defeat. Instead, you hold up Governement by filibustering anything and hating anyone trying to be the least bit forward thinking.
Nightcrawler March 28, 2012 at 08:51 PM
Hey, what happened to all of Mr. Schulte's posts?
RB March 28, 2012 at 08:59 PM
Mine disappear from time to time too. As I've said, I don't agree with much that he says but I agree he has a right to say it.
Richard Schulte March 28, 2012 at 09:01 PM
Nightcrawler, my posts were taken down my union thugs or union thugs leaned on Patch to take my posts down. This is how Democrats view political discussions-only Democrats are permitted to express their opinions-all others sit down and shut up.
Nightcrawler March 28, 2012 at 09:13 PM
You know, I don't agree with you on anything, but this is ridiculous. I think I had one post taken down awhile back, which ironically was a shot at you. Nothing offensive, as I recall.
Richard Schulte March 28, 2012 at 09:24 PM
RB: "Rush must have gotten you pretty fired up today." RB, take a look at the time of the post-Rush's show starts at 11 AM. The original post was sent 2 hours before Rush's show began. Rush's show was excellent today-one of the best I've heard lately. Even after 23 years on the air, he still keeps getting better. (How long was Air American on the air?) Yes, conservatives are taking over. Americans agree with the conservative viewpoint, except in small enclaves in America. Progressives are a tiny minority in America. Your comments about nation building are interesting considering America's participation in World War II, the Korean War and the Viet Nam War. Correct me if I am wrong, but FDR, Truman and LBJ were Democrats. Weren't WW II, Korea and Viet Nam nation-building exercises and don't we still have troops in Germany, Japan and Korea. Hmmm. . .I guess nation-building is only unacceptable if a Republican president is involved. Saddam Hussein was known as the butcher of Bagdad-apparently you feel it was wrong for President Bush to be involved in Iraq even though Hillary Clinton and John Kerry voted to fund the invasion of Iraq. (You remember that guy John Kerry-the senator that was for it before he was against it.) I guess you don't feel that Iraqis are human beings who need to be protected against a brutual dictator, but it's OK for President Obama to get us involved in Egypt and Libya. RB, don't you ever get tired of being so hypocritical?
D46 Resident March 28, 2012 at 09:49 PM
Maybe Schulte's posts get taken down because he can't stay on topic, which in this case is Romney and teacher salaries. Schulte keeps posting long, rambling manifestos about the Trayvon Martin shooting, now Obamacare, Unions and Lord only knows what this last one is supposed to be about. I do believe he has mental issues.
RB March 28, 2012 at 09:57 PM
The thing about you Rich and so many in the right is that you want to save Iraq and the rest of the world (you successfully liberated Iraq from their electricty, and running water, while liberating us from wearing shoes through security at the airport) and expect to do so without raising the necessary revenue. Bridges and roads crumble at home etc....and somehow you expect to pay for these wars and 'homeland security' without raising the revenue, just by cutting social services and not funding what it takes to run America.
Evanston Eastsider March 28, 2012 at 10:05 PM
"Union thugs leaned on Patch to delete my posts" It's nice that they have Internet access at Albany House.
Nightcrawler March 28, 2012 at 10:05 PM
I disagree. Think about all those colorful D46 articles that started with a school board meeting and, 400+ posts later, wound up in the same territory this one has drifted into and further. The only difference I see is that Mr. Schulte is much more articulate than our northern Lake County right wingers, and these more "genteel" Patch editors are way quicker to hit the delete button.
Nightcrawler March 28, 2012 at 10:10 PM
I'm gonna bet that post gets removed. But it's a good one.
RB March 28, 2012 at 10:17 PM
I doubt it's Union's taking his posts down. As far as topic, you are correct. I asked about 300 posts ago how Romney would pay for higher teacher salaries if he is so dead set against new revenue. He would have to cut somewhere else. Police? Fire? Mental Health? Where? So much on this board has been about Special Education in our schools. Do you think for one minute there won't be cuts in those areas too if Romney gets elected and holds to his no new revenue pledge. Something has to give somewhere and if he's in office it won't be on Wall Street it will be Main street, nursing homes, schools, etc. absorbing the cuts. Rich, as far as Rush. Thanks for letting me know he had an extra special show today, it reminded me to make an additional donation to Obama 2012!
Richard Schulte March 28, 2012 at 11:03 PM
RB: "I asked about 300 posts ago how Romney would pay for higher teacher salaries if he is so dead set against new revenue. He would have to cut somewhere else. Police? Fire? Mental Health? Where?" Projects like Solyndra for starters. Ethanol subsidies would be another place to cut. Then we could cut salaries/pensions benefits for public workers. And why not cut gov't workforce by one-third and gov't worker pay/benefits by one-third for the remaining gov't workers. Then we could stop planting tulips on Michigan Avenue. Oh yeah, how about those union bosses who are double-dipping with a union pension and a teachers pension. Let's ask for a refund from those thugs. Another idea-we could tell Michelle Obama that the taxpayers are not paying for any more of her vacations and parties. The waste and fraud in gov't is astounding.
Richard Schulte March 28, 2012 at 11:15 PM
Nightcrawler: "You know, I don't agree with you on anything, but this is ridiculous. I think I had one post taken down awhile back, which ironically was a shot at you. Nothing offensive, as I recall." Hmmm, I'm not offended by any of the comments made here on Patch. Sully, has done his best to try to get me hot and get me into a name-calling match. Sorry, but that's an Alinsky tactic that progressives use. Name-calling is a substitute for being able to argue using facts-I've got all the facts I need from the Drudge Report, American Thinker, Townhall, Michelle Malkin and Ann Coulter, along with Rush and Mark Levine. Progressives have Air America.
Nightcrawler March 28, 2012 at 11:53 PM
Interesting. For facts, I read the NYT. For opinion, David Brooks, Roger Cohen, William Pfaff and Thomas Friedman regularly. TV and radio, it's PBS and NPR. I guess that makes me a socialist.
RB March 29, 2012 at 12:20 AM
We should invade their countries, Kill their leaders, and convert them to Christiananity" Ann Coulter That's who you listen to Rich! One day, it will dawn on you, you'll evolve and be back in the loving arms of liberalism and love everyone again. Until then, I guess we just hope that enough of us cancel your vote and continue to respect you as an individual with individual rights. More than most of your radio friends will do for you.
Bucephalus March 29, 2012 at 01:35 AM
Because no first lady ever took a vacation before Michelle. What is she thinking taking her kids on a family vacation? What kind of communist ideal is a family vacation?
Richard Schulte March 29, 2012 at 01:50 AM
RB: "More than most of your radio friends will do for you." The building construction industry in the US has been demolished. The unemployment rate among architects might be has high as 40 percent. Two years ago, a homeless architect spent the winter sleeping in the unheated stair of the building which I lived in Evanston. He spent two winters sleeping there. It was Rush Limbaugh's positive and optimistic radio show which inspired me to keep my company going instead of folding the tent like so many others in the construction industry. I'm still in the construction business, although I've decided to leave Illinois and head for Florida. There is little construction work going on in Illinois and Illinois has no future-Illinois, like Michigan, is a failed state. Governor Quinn did Illinois in with his personal income tax increase-the coup de grace. Illinois is one of only two states where the unemployment rate is rising, rather than falling-credit Quinn's tax increase for that. I can thank Rush Limbaugh for my optimistic view of the future. Democrats/ progressives have no idea what goes on on Rush's show and they can't imagine it because liberal/progressive talk radio is just a bunch of whining about how unfair things are. Rush's show is for adults who are past the whining stage. "Thank the Lord, Rush Limbaugh is on the EIB." "Talent on loan from God."
Richard Schulte March 29, 2012 at 01:59 AM
RB: "We should invade their countries, Kill their leaders, and convert them to Christiananity" Ann Coulter That's who you listen to Rich! " RB, not sure I get your point. If you haven't figured it out yet, that's exactly what the Islamists want to do to us. Ann is just saying that the way to address the Islamists attack on the West is to do to them what they are trying to do to us. To understand Ann Coulter it takes a brain and the ability to think. Of course, Ann Coulter is particularly odius to the left because she gives back to the left what the left dishes out and the left can dish it, but they can't take it when it's dished right back at them. Even our women are fiercer than leftist men.
Bucephalus March 29, 2012 at 02:16 AM
"Even our women are fiercer than leftist men." And thats not a personal attack, no...
RB March 29, 2012 at 02:34 AM
That does help put his positions in perspective doesn't it. "our women". Like he owns them. Like they are not fierce in their own right. Like, maybe you tell them what to do with their bodies. You go Rich. Rich, you may be a hopeless case. Continue your worship of Rush and the right....you go. Every ridiculous thing you say helps my case for a more rational society than you and your friends on the extreme right could ever contribute toward. Obama 2012!
Nightcrawler March 29, 2012 at 02:46 AM
Illinois unemployment stats: http://www.ides.illinois.gov/?item=2985&newssidebar=1
Richard Schulte March 29, 2012 at 03:33 AM
"Interesting. For facts, I read the NYT. For opinion, David Brooks, Roger Cohen, William Pfaff and Thomas Friedman regularly. TV and radio, it's PBS and NPR. I guess that makes me a socialist." I used to watch the McNeil-Lerher News Hour back in the later 1980's. But then I figured out that this was just an hour of biased news coverage. NPR, just more left-wing biased commentary. The left thinks Fox News is biased, but can't see the bias in The New York Times, PBS or NPR-just totally blind to their own bias. Of course, being a socialist is not based upon what you read, but rather what you believe. I occasionly read an article from The New York Times (and the Washington Post too). If you support Obamacare, you're a socialist. If you think tax the rich simply because they are rich, you're a socialist. Just what will taxing the rich at a higher rate accomplish? Answer: It will cause the rich to take their money elsewheres. Example: Taxes on yachts in Massachusetts are higher than those in Rhode Island. So Senator Kerry docks his yacht in Rhode Island to avoid Massachusetts yacht taxes. Senator Kerry is just using common sense in avoiding taxes-he's no dummy. You have to be really dumb not to be able to figure out the effect on raising taxes has on the economy. Italy has high taxes, so an underground economy develops where taxes are avoided. So high tax rates don't increase revenues they simply change how businesss in conducted.
Richard Schulte March 29, 2012 at 03:50 AM
We have lies told about the Martin/Zimmerman incident by Democrats-what really happened is that Martin attacks Zimmerman and Zimmerman defends himself with his equalizer. Martin gets equalized. Now a report from Wisconsin on the recall of the Lt. Governor: "While Democratic femme-a-gogues continue their plaintive wailing about a “war on women,” [Wisconsin Lt. Governor] Kleefisch has battled vile misogyny from liberal detractors. When lefty Wisconsin radio host John “Sly” Sylvester accused Kleefisch of performing “fellatio on all the talk-show hosts in Milwaukee” and sneered that she had “pulled a train” (a crude phrase for gang sex), feminists remained silent. A former television anchor, small businesswoman and mother of two, Kleefisch’s quiet work on economic development has reaped untold dividends for the state. But if conservatives who preach the gospel of fiscal conservatism do not act, the profligate progressives’ vendetta against Wisconsin may result in the first-ever recall of a lieutenant governor in American history." http://michellemalkin.com/ You accuse me of being uncivil? How do you people live with yourself? To leftists, politics is just a game and facts and truth don't matter. Once again, your pants are on fire.
Richard Schulte March 29, 2012 at 11:06 AM
This did not appear in The New York Times: "Most of all, if the left throws every single weapon it can at Wisconsin Republicans and yet cannot prevent a conservative agenda from becoming law, then the left must know that it is vulnerable everywhere to conservatives who do not back down. If this last desperate effort of the power-mongers of leftism fails, then their whip may become a wet noodle, and the whole corrupt syndicate of leftism may completely unravel. Watch Wisconsin." Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/03/watch_wisconsin.html#ixzz1qVCo3xX4 The left is losing in Wisconsin and if the left cannot win in Wisconsin, then the left's funeral procession in under way. Deletion of my posts on Patch is a sympton of the left's desperation. The left has exposed its agenda for all to see and Americans reject that agenda. Sorry leftist, but America is not going to go the route of Europe. Europe is (financially) bankrupt, as are state and local governments, such as Detroit, Chicago and the State of Illinois. Anywhere Democrats have their hands on the purse strings, bankruptcy is sure to follow.
Richard Schulte March 29, 2012 at 11:30 AM
An article discussing the potential for civil war or revolution in the United States may be of interest: http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/03/the_republic_if_we_can_keep_it.html The talk of civil war in the United States is not some crazy, wild-eyed notion. The US Federal Government is essentially bankrupt and faces unsubstainable spending commitments in the future. While conservatives such as Representative Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) attempt to do something to rein in the spending, leftist want to continue the spending party. Sooner or later, the house-of-cards has to come tumbling down. Leftist love to talk about sustainability, but government finances are simply not sustainable. Will Democrats permit the opposition party to fix the problem (if it can be fixed) or will Democrats continue to oppose fixing the problem, thereby precipitating financial collapse. Certainly, some on the left are intent on causing financial collapse so that they can impose their ideology on America. One way to avoid civil war in America is to simply get a divorce-peacefully divide the nation into two (or more) separate countries. In modern times, this happened peacefully in the Soviet Union. The Soviet system was simply unsustainable. It appears that America as presently constituted may also be unsustainable due to the Democrats refusal to rein in spending.
Richard Schulte March 29, 2012 at 11:53 AM
An excellent summary of the Martin/Zimmerman incident. BTW, Sully was the one who brought the Martin/Zimmerman incident into this discussion about 10 days ago. If Sully wants to discuss Martin/Zimmerman, by all means, let's discuss it-the Martin/Zimmerman incident is another embarassment for the left. "The bottom line is: we don’t have all the facts surrounding what actually happened that day (FLASHBACK: Duke lacrosse case), yet the liberal media and politicians have been more than happy to jump to conclusions and demand Zimmerman be arrested and charged with a crime. They have deemed him guilty by public opinion, which means a few things: 1) he can’t get a fair trial; 2) because he can’t get a fair trial, even if a crime was in fact committed, he’ll most likely be acquitted because the case is so public, which means no justice anyway; 3) if he’s innocent of any crime, Zimmerman has been found guilty by public opinion, which will have a damaging effect on his life moving forward." http://townhall.com/columnists/katiepavlich/2012/03/29/embarrassment_surrounding_the_trayvon_martin_case/page/2

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