Kris Kobach on Education
End in-state tuition for illegal immigrants
Kobach pointed to a 2004 law that allows people who entered the country illegally to pay in-state tuition at Kansas universities if they've lived in the state for at least three years and have graduated from a Kansas high school. "We are also the only
state in the five-state area that rewards illegal immigration by giving in-state tuition to illegal aliens when our own students are barely able to afford college. The price of college is going up and up and up," Kobach said. "The universities tell us,
oh, they have to keep on increasing tuition, they have to keep on taking more from the taxpayer in legislative spending. But they give away hundreds of millions of dollars to maintain what is a subsidy to illegal aliens.
It's unfair. It's unreasonable, and it will stop when I'm governor."
Only 686 illegal immigrants took advantage of the in-state tuition program in 2016, mostly for community college.
Source: Kansas City Star on 2018 Kansas gubernatorial race
, Jun 8, 2017
No unfunded mandates; yes charters & vouchers
Kobach supports the following principles regarding education.
Source: 2004 Kansas Congressional National Political Awareness Test
, Nov 1, 2004
- Allow parents to use vouchers (equal opportunity scholarships) to send their children to any public school.
Allow parents to use vouchers (equal opportunity scholarships) to send their children to any private or religious school.
- Allow teachers and professionals to receive authorization and funding to establish charter schools.
Increase funding for block grants to states to aid in the hiring of additional teachers.
- Support teacher testing and reward teachers with merit pay.
- Support granting states limited control over Head Start programs.
- Increase funding of programs
such as Pell grants and Stafford loans to help students pay for college.
- Support federal tax incentives to help families save for college.
- Kobach adds, "I support the removal of unfunded federal mandates in education."
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