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Kendra Horn on Education

 

 


Make college affordable; against voucher schemes

The cost of a college education shouldn't weigh students down for the rest of their lives. Kendra will work to reduce interest rates on student loans and make college more affordable. We should make it easier for families to save for their children's education free of taxes. In K-12, we need to measure progress, but we've taken testing to an extreme. Kendra opposes using tax dollars for vouchers or similar schemes.
Source: 2018 OK-5 House campaign website KendraHornForCongress.com , May 13, 2020

Participated in teacher walkout protesting Oklahoma cuts

Oklahoma's huge teacher walkout was a powerful catalyzing moment. Decades of tax cuts had gutted education funding, leading to four-day school weeks, crowded classrooms, and abysmal teacher pay. As a result of the low wages, Oklahoma struggled to recruit enough teachers, so it implemented an emergency certification program that allowed people to teach without formal training. Fed up with these policies and feeling ignored by politicians, 50,000 teachers from across the state swarmed the Capitol grounds in April 2018, causing schools to shut down for weeks. Horn participated in the walkout and earned the endorsement of the Oklahoma Education Association. Alicia Priest, the association's president, said there was no doubt that Horn's heart was with the public schools.
Source: Oklahoma Gazette on 2020 OK-5 House race , Feb 18, 2020

Remove student loans from credit histories

When Horn got a question about student loan debt, she seemed glad to have the opportunity to talk about a bill that would expunge a person's adverse credit history related to federal student loans.
Source: Oklahoma Gazette on 2020 OK-5 House race , Feb 18, 2020

Invest in programs like Head Start, Early Head Start

[On pre-K education]: "It is clear a lot of love and care is put into this facility and the investment of long term potential of the children and of the Shawnee area is huge," Horn said. "I believe that by seeing this up front I can see the impact on Shawnee Public Schools (SPS), the future workforce needs and the importance of investing in programs like Head Start and Early Head Start to set our children up for success and to support the families."
Source: Shawnee News-Star on 2022 Oklahoma Senate race , Jan 22, 2020

2018 campaign: emphasized her support for public schools

Rather than talk about President Donald Trump or hot-button issues like abortion or immigration, Horn emphasized her support for public schools, an important issue in Oklahoma following a teacher walkout in the spring. "We focused on talking to people across the 5th District about things that were important to them," Horn said. "And over and over again, we heard their concerns about health care and education, and that's what we talked to people about."
Source: Associated Press on 2022 Oklahoma Senate race , Nov 7, 2018

PVS:Federal education standards in all states.

Horn supports the PVS survey question on education standards

Project Vote Smart inferred whether candidates agree or disagree with the statement, 'Education: Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards?' PVS self-description: "The Political Courage Test provides voters with positions on key issues. Historically, candidates have failed to complete our test due to the advice they receive from their advisors and out of fear of negative attack ads."

Source: PVS Survey 18PVS-7 on Aug 1, 2018

Voted YES on private lawsuits for school race discrimination.

Horn voted YEA Equity and Inclusion Enforcement Act

Legislative Summary:This bill authorizes private civil causes of action for discrimination on the ground of race, color, or national origin, including anti-Semitism) in programs receiving federal financial assistance.

Trump's Statement of Administration Policy (against): The Administration strongly opposes passage of H.R. 2574. This bill fails to advance equality in education, while expanding bureaucracy, encouraging burdensome litigation, and imposing costs on recipients of Federal financial assistance. H.R. 2574 seeks to validate and expand the divisive regulatory agenda of the previous administration--advancing an ideological mission and enriching favored special interests like trial lawyers at the expense of students, educators, and taxpayers. The bill would require each recipient of Federal financial assistance to appoint a compliance coordinator, which would impose additional administrative burdens. H.R. 2574 would redirect vital resources that are needed to serve students in the pursuit of an ideological agenda.

Rep. Elaine Luria in support: H.R. 2574 would allow private individuals to file lawsuits under the Civil Rights Act's Title VI authority, allowing students and parents to remedy discrimination in education. "Every student has the right to access public education, free from discriminatory practices, said Congresswoman Luria. "By focusing on equity and inclusion, we move towards a public education system that is more just and will benefit every student, regardless of sex, ethnicity, ability, or their zip code."

Legislative outcome:Passed House 232-188-10, roll no. 192 on Sept 16, 2020; died in Senate without a vote.

Source: Congressional vote 20-HR2574 on May 8, 2019

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