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Beto O`Rourke on Education

 

 


More pre-school; more science teachers

    Three areas that I will make a top priority if elected to Congress:
  1. Increase access to preschool education. Decades of research has shown that students who attend preschool earn significantly higher income, attain high levels of education, and commit fewer criminal acts than their peers. We must create a pathway for all children to begin school ready to succeed.
  2. Revise the No Child Left Behind Act. The current NCLB Act warps the priorities of public schools by emphasizing only the content on multiple choice math and reading tests.
  3. Incentivize math & science teachers. The country's future growth is reliant on jobs that require a mastery of math and science. Yet, schools face a chronic shortage of qualified math and science teachers. I propose that we increase the pool of talented and qualified teachers by providing scholarships for best and brightest students who commit to becoming math and science teachers in the public schools for five years after graduating.
    Source: 2012 House campaign website, betoforcongress.com, "Issues" , Nov 6, 2012

    Comprehensive sex ed for sexually-active adolescents.

    O`Rourke co-sponsored Real Education for Healthy Youth Act

    Award competitive grants to provide adolescents with comprehensive sex education to:

    1. replicate evidence-based sex education programs,
    2. substantially incorporate elements of evidence-based sex education programs, or
    3. create a demonstration project based on generally accepted characteristics of effective sex education programs.
    Prohibits federal funds provided under this Act from being used for health education programs that:
    1. deliberately withhold life-saving information about HIV;
    2. are medically inaccurate or have been scientifically shown to be ineffective;
    3. promote gender stereotypes;
    4. are insensitive and unresponsive to the needs of sexually active youth or lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender youth; or
    5. are inconsistent with the ethical imperatives of medicine and public health.

    Opponent's argument against bill: (Nick Wing on Huffington Post) An abstinence-only effort, introduced the same day, the Abstinence Education Reallocation Act, stands as an effective counter to the Democratic-backed Real Education for Healthy Youth Act.

    According to the text of the abstinence-only bill, sex education programs would need to be "medically accurate" and teach the "skills and benefits of sexual abstinence as the optimal sexual health behavior for youth" in order to qualify for grant money. The bill also calls for applicable programs to focus on the "holistic health, economic, and societal benefits that can be gained by refraining from non-marital sexual activity," as well as to provide an "understanding of how drugs, alcohol, and the irresponsible use of social media can influence sexual decision-making and can contribute to risky and often aggressive sexual behavior."

    Source: H.R.725 / S.372 13-H0725 on Feb 14, 2013

    Sponsored extending subsidized federal student loan rates until 2015.

    O`Rourke co-sponsored Student Loan Affordability Act

    Congressional Summary:Amends title IV (Student Assistance) of the Higher Education Act of 1965 to extend the 3.4% interest rate on Federal Direct Stafford loans to loans first disbursed to undergraduate students between July 1, 2011, and July 1, 2015. Replaces the [termination date of] 2013 with 2015.

    Proponent's argument for bill:(US PIRG press release): The Student Loan Affordability Act keeps interest rates affordable for students over the next two years. If Congress fails to act by July 1, interest rates on federal Subsidized Stafford Loans will double from 3.4% to 6.8%. That would hike the cost of college by $1,000 per student, per loan, for over 7 million students across the country. The bill pays for extending the current interest rates through 2015 by closing three non-education tax loopholes.

    Opponent's argument against bill:(Rep. Tom Cotton, R-AR): Unfortunately, too many students today struggle for years to repay their loans because Washington politicians dictate student-loan rates and end up hurting students and taxpayers alike. It's causing tuition costs to skyrocket, leaving students buried in debt, often without jobs, and forced to delay buying a home and starting a family. As students struggle to repay their loans--regardless of the interest rate--taxpayers are on the hook for a $100 billion bailout--a burden hard-working Arkansans shouldn't have to bear. A better path is to let Arkansas's hometown banks work with students and families to finance higher education, just as they do with homes, farms, businesses, and other loans. I'm committed to bringing affordable higher education to every Arkansan and ending the federal-government monopoly on the student-lending business.

    Source: S.707 / H.R.1433 13-H1433 on Apr 11, 2013

    2016-17 Governor, House and Senate candidates on Education: Beto O`Rourke on other issues:
    TX Gubernatorial:
    Annise Parker
    David Dewhurst
    George P. Bush
    Greg Abbott
    Julian Castro
    Mike Rawlings
    Rick Perry
    TX Senatorial:
    David Alameel
    Emily Sanchez
    John Cornyn
    Jon Roland
    Steve Stockman
    Ted Cruz

    Newly-elected Democrats taking office Jan.2017:
    AZ-1:O`Halleran(D)
    CA-17:Khanna(D)
    CA-20:Panetta(D)
    CA-24:Carbajal(D)
    CA-44:Barragan(D)
    CA-46:Correa(D)
    DE-0:Rochester(D)
    FL-5:Lawson(D)
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    FL-9:Soto(D)
    FL-10:Demings(D)
    FL-13:Crist(D)
    HI-1:Hanabusa(D)
    IL-10:Schneider(D)
    IL-8:Krishnamoorthi(D)
    MD-4:Brown(D)
    MD-8:Raskin(D)
    NH-1:Shea-Porter(D)
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    NY-3:Suozzi(D)
    NY-13:Espaillat(D)
    PA-2:Evans(D)
    TX-15:Gonzalez(D)
    VA-4:McEachin(D)
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