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June 25, 2009

Bob Discusses Business

Filed under: Bob McDonnell — loudounlady @ 1:31 pm

Check out the McDonnell Campaign’s latest TV ad, Resurgence.

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  1. Hello Loudoun Lady. I enjoy reading your blog. Thanks for dedicating your time to inform the citizens of Loudoun County about the choices we will have to make next November. I’m from Sterling, and I believe that Bob McDonnell’s efforts to make Virginia the most business-friendly state in the U.S. is directly related to, and will be enhanced by, his plan to improve education programs in Virginia. Therefore, I have taken the opportunity to compare some of Bob’s education goals with some of the education goals of his opponent, Sen. Creigh Deeds. My comparison is below.

    My headline is: DEEDS’ EDUCATION GOALS ARE NOT “S.M.A.R.T.”

    In comparing the education plans proposed by each candidate in the 2009 Virginia Governor race, I have concluded that Republican candidate Bob McDonnell‘s education goals are “S.M.A.R.T.“ while Democratic candidate Creigh Deeds’s education goals are not.

    S.M.A.R.T. is a mnemonic that describes five criteria to help evaluate the viability of a goal:
    S = Specific. Are the goals specific and well-defined or are they vague?
    M=Measurable. Can progress toward reaching the goals be measured easily and accurately?
    A=Attainable. Can the goals actually be attained or not?
    R=Realistic. Are the goals realistic or not?
    T=Time-bound. Has a timeframe been established for reaching the goals?

    Some of Mr. McDonnell’s education goals are to:
    –award 100,000 additional four-year and community college degrees over the next 15 years.
    –increase in the near future the number of Virginia’s charter schools from four to more.
    –create more virtual school programs which operate at 60-70% of a traditional school’s cost.
    –integrate the focus of Virginia’s 23 workforce training programs now spread across 9 agencies.

    Some of Mr. Deeds’ education goals are to:
    –create an additional 70,000 degrees over the next 10 years for both 2 and 4 year programs.
    –guarantee student loans of $4,500 for community college and $15,000 for 4-year programs.
    –put $40,000,000 per year into the Virginia partnership fund for allocating financial aid.
    –put $10,000,000 each year in the Governor’s Economic Opportunity Fund for job retraining.

    While each candidate’s set of goals above seem to me to be Specific, Measurable, and reasonably Time-bound, Mr. McDonnell’s goals also seem to be Attainable and Realistic. He plans to make his goals financially feasible to achieve by making education a higher priority in the existing budget process, by weaving into the state budget some financial incentives for regional collaboration and public-private partnerships, by engaging state schools to become more cost-efficient, by reducing duplication and costs through better use of technology, and by funding only programs that demonstrate proven metrics of successful performance. However, Mr. Deeds’ goals seem to be not Attainable and not Realistic because he intends to finance the 70,000 additional degrees via a “long-term bonding plan” and his plan fails to disclose where those other millions of dollars will be gotten to help achieve the other goals.

    Also, one of Mr. McDonnell’s high-level strategic goals is for “every child to have an opportunity to be well-educated and prepared for the jobs of today and tomorrow.” One of Mr. Deeds’ strategic goals is to “develop the smartest workforce in the world.” While I believe Mr. McDonnell’s high-level strategic goal to create opportunity for all is Attainable and Realistic, I believe Mr. Deeds’ strategic goal, while a noble idea, is neither Attainable nor Realistic.

    Please reach your own conclusion by applying the S.M.A.R.T. criteria to the candidates’ education plans on their websites: http://www.bobmcdonnell.com and http://www.deedsforvirginia.com.

    Comment by Mike Panchura — June 26, 2009 @ 5:09 pm | Reply


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