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Thom Tillis on Education

 

 


More loan relief to students during the COVID-19 pandemic

Q: Under what circumstances should taxpayers help pay off existing student loans?

A: I introduced bipartisan legislation that gives more loan relief to students during the COVID-19 pandemic in addition to the student relief that I previously voted for in the CARES Act. I recognize that this pandemic has put undue strain on those with student loan debt, and I was proud to work on legislation to reduce the burden for our nation's students.

Source: AFA iVoterGuide on 2020 North Carolina Senate race , Nov 3, 2020

Supports vouchers for students to attend private schools

Q: Use public funding for private schools?

Thom Tillis: Yes. Supports vouchers for students to attend private schools with government assistance.

Cal Cunningham: No. Supports phasing out school vouchers to pay for private-school tuition.

Source: CampusElect survey of 2020 North Carolina Senate race , Sep 30, 2020

FactCheck: Passed school budget of $23.1B, but no cuts

The claim: "Thom Tillis is terrible for education in N.C. He cut $500 million from our budget."

Who made it: Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, and National Education Association Advocacy Fund in separate TV ads and Sen. Kay Hagan in the first debate.

The facts: The $500 million amount comes from the continuation budget put out each year by the state Department of Public Instruction. This is the amount DPI says it would cost to keep programs going at the current level when factoring in the enrollment of more students. The 2013 continuation budget called for $23.6 billion over two years. The legislature's budget included $23.1 billion over two years, or $482 million short of what DPI said was needed. Tillis voted for that budget.

The $500 million is an overstatement. Some also argue that underfunding is not a cut.

The DPI says the money budgeted for textbooks, instructional supplies, technology, literacy coaches, and the like, has been reduced by $1 billion since 2008-2009.

Source: News-Observer PacWatch & FactCheck on 2014 N.C. Senate race , Oct 4, 2014

Department of Education is 5,000 overpaid bureaucrats

On Common Core, the educational standards which have become deeply unpopular among conservative activists, Tillis sounded far more conservative than Jeb Bush [his guest of honor]. The N.C. House approved the standards in 2011 but Tillis backed away from them.

"I'm not willing to settle just for a national standard if we think we can set a new standard and a best practice," Tillis said, pivoting to an attack on the federal Education Department as "a bureaucracy of 5,000 people in Washington" who make an average salary of over $100,000.

While criticizing the Education Department is common among Republicans, Tillis was standing next to the younger brother of President George W. Bush, whose signature accomplishments include No Child Left Behind, the sweeping federal education law run by the department.

Bush sensed the need to play down any differences: "We can argue about what to call these things," he said, but maintained that the focus ought to be on ensuring high standards.

Source: N.Y. Times on 2014 North Carolina Senate debate , Sep 24, 2014

Oppose Common Core; eliminate U.S. Department of Education

Greg Brannon attacked Thom Tillis as softer than him on immigration, health care, education, gun rights and other issues. While mostly playing it safe, Tillis staked out a series of positions on the right that could hurt him in the general election: [including] suggesting that he might want to eliminate the U.S. Department of Education.

All four candidates said they oppose Common Core education standards. Brannon said he believe in no federal and state education standards. "Common Core became law under Thom's watch," he said. "[It] destroyed education with the Department of Education."

Tillis said he opposes Common Core and he identified the U.S. Education Department when asked to identify a federal cabinet agency he would eliminate. "We existed for more than a century without one," said Tillis, offering a nuanced explanation. "That's the first department I'd look at...At some point, I'd wonder whether or not it needs to exist in its current form."

Source: Politico.com on 2014 North Carolina Senate debate , Apr 22, 2014

Anti-free college, according to AFA survey.

Tillis opposes the AFA survey question on free college

The AFA inferred whether candidates agree or disagree with the statement, 'Taxpayer-funded public education should be guaranteed through college'? Self-description: (American Family Association helps produce iVoterGuides): "Grounded in God; rooted in research"; they "thoroughly investigate candidates"; when they cannot "evaluate with confidence, they receive an 'Insufficient' rating" (& we exclude)

Source: AFA Survey 20AFA-7 on Sep 11, 2020

Anti-transgender bathrooms, according to CC survey.

Tillis 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

Other candidates on Education: Thom Tillis on other issues:
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Dan Forest
Holly Grange
Pat McCrory
Roy Cooper
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