Jane Beshear and Madeline Abramson talk education, taxes and Ky.'s next 4 years

08/18/2011 07:00 PM

Jane Beshear said if her husband wins a second term he would spend the next four years pushing “anything that will progress our state,” including improving early childhood education and potentially tax reform.

“When the economy is better, he will definitely look at things like that,” Jane Beshear said at the 7:30 mark of the joint interview with Madeline Abramson, the wife of Democratic lieutenant governor candidate Jerry Abramson.

Jane Beshear also said if the Beshear-Abramson ticket wins in November, she will again lobby the legislature to raise the student drop-out age from 16 to 18. The bill this year also included reforms to alternative education programs for students who struggle in traditional classroom settings.

“I will be bringing it back,” she said of the bill at the 0:25 mark. “I feel like it sets an expectation for our children, for their parents, for our schools, for our communities. If we expect a child to graduate from high school, then I think they will do it if we give them all the opportunities.”

She said “it’s not the silver bullet.” But its a key first step, she said.

Madeline Abramson said if the Democratic ticket wins, she would focus on working with the Red Cross and raising awareness of arts education. She also has spent more than 20 years working with Maryhurst, an organization that helps abused and neglected children. (3:15 – 5:00).

“I’d like to be able to work in the area of childrens’ issues,” Abramson said. “We have children in our commonwealth who are suffering on a daily basis. And we need to help and support them and have them ready to get a good education by helping them in some other areas of their lives.”

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