At an outdoor news conference near
"Education has been my highest priority as a gubernatorial candidate," Mallott said, his voice barely audible above the noisy traffic passing by the school.
Mallott's campaign also announced Saturday it had picked up the endorsement of retired
The news conference, on a sidewalk across from
Mallott's aides handed out written material on his education program that criticized Republican Gov.
In his written statement, Mallott noted that state education loans were running at higher interest rates than those for cars or homes -- between 7.3 and 7.8 percent. Democratic lawmakers tried to bring down those rates in the last two years, but they couldn't move
In response to a question, Mallott said he would push to fully fund the state's base student allocation, the per-student allocation provided to local school districts. The BSA was a major issue in the last legislative session when Republican majorities in the
Mallott said education funding should be the top priority of state government even when faced with lean budgets. "It's just critical to build
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