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Joni Ernst on Education

 

 


Co-sponsored act for tax credits for private school tuition

Q: Use public funding for private and/or for-profit schools?

Joni Ernst: Yes. Co-sponsored act providing tax credits for contributions to scholarship funds that could be used for private school tuition.

Theresa Greenfield: Likely no. Invest in our kids, teachers and public schools, so "we all do better." "Put teachers and students first, not profits."

Source: CampusElect on 2020 Iowa Senate race , Oct 10, 2020

Voted against limiting debt relief for defrauded students

Q: Support lower interest or forgiveness on student loans?

Joni Ernst: Unclear. Voted to block Betsy DeVos rule limiting debt relief for defrauded students.

Theresa Greenfield: Yes. Supports loan refinancing, some debt forgiveness, debt-free community college.

Source: CampusElect on 2020 Iowa Senate race , Oct 10, 2020

Proposed "know before you owe"; employers assuming debt

Q: What about college debt?

Greenfield: Student debt is a really serious crisis and it has kept so many of our young leaders from starting families and businesses. We need to get back into investing into education. Then we need to make sure that students can refinance their student debt and we need to find ways for students to participate in programs where they can work off their student debt.

Ernst: I do think that there should be opportunity to refinance student loans. I have authored a number of different provisions like know before you owe, making sure that students know exactly what the cost of their education is going to be and then what their actual job will pay. I also have a bill that would allow employers to pay back already assumed student debt. In order for those students to move on they have to be able to get rid of that student debt.

Source: Iowa Public Television transcript of 2020 Iowa Senate debate , Sep 28, 2020

Eliminate Department of Education but keep Pell Grants

Ernst said her plan to eliminate the U.S. Department of Education won't affect Pell Grants. The Republican said she still would get rid of the federal agency, but college loans would then be housed within the Treasury Department. She said 94 percent of Education Department employees are deemed as nonessential, and that their salaries are better spent in the state.
Source: Politico.com e-zine on 2014 Iowa Senate debate , Sep 28, 2014

No federal involvement in Common Core standards

The candidates were asked their thoughts on the Federal involvement in education and the Common Core State Standards. Ernst said that she was not in favor of the standards. "The Federal government should not be involved," Ernst said. "We need to have standards, but we don't need the Common Core."

Whitaker also opposes the Common Core. "The Federal government does not belong in education," Whitaker said. He described the Common Core as a "one-size-fits-all, cram-it-down-your-throat" reform. He said that lawmakers should be focused on school choice instead.

Source: CaffeinatedThoughts blog on 2014 Iowa Senate primary debate , Oct 24, 2013

Anti-transgender bathrooms, according to CC survey.

Ernst supports the Christian Coalition survey question on transgender bathrooms

The Christian Coalition inferred whether candidates agree or disagree with the statement, 'Prohibiting Public Schools from Allowing Boys to Use Girls' Bathrooms; and Vice Versa?' Self-description by Christian Coalition of America: "These guides help give voters a clear understanding of where candidates stand on important pro-family issues" for all Senate and Presidential candidates.

Source: CC Survey 20CC-3 on Sep 10, 2020

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