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Cindy Axne on Education

 

 


All-day kindergarten for every child, instead of a lottery

When her son started kindergarten, Cindy learned that full-day kindergarten was not available to every child in West Des Moines public schools, with eligibility determined by a lottery. Cindy was outraged at the inequity and successfully advocated for all-day kindergarten for every child in West Des Moines.

For nearly a decade, Cindy worked for the State of Iowa, helping over 20 different state agencies deliver government services more effectively and efficiently for taxpayers. Cindy's working to raise wages, protect unions, address unfair trade deals, and promote Main Street over Wall Street.

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Source: DCCC Frontline program for 2022 House race IA-03 , Jun 17, 2022

All-day kindergarten for ALL kids, not just the lucky half

As a mother of two sons in public schools, Cindy understands the importance of a high-quality education. It's why she fought to pass all day public kindergarten in West Des Moines after finding out that West Des Moines' lottery system meant that half the children in the community were denied access to all day public kindergarten and got two and a half hours of education instead.
Source: 2018 SC-3 House campaign website CindyAxneForCongress.com , Jan 31, 2019

Invest in STEM in schools, then trade schools OR college

For America to continue to lead the way in the global economy it's time we reinvest in our public-schools. We must prepare our children to compete in a global market by promoting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) programs that enable students to graduate with the skills they need to be successful in today's workforce.

Preparing the next generation for good-paying jobs that support a family requires providing young people with affordable access to community college, apprenticeships, trade schools or four-year colleges. Cindy will fight for a greater investment in our community colleges and grow apprenticeship programs and trade schools so that every student has the opportunity to succeed. She will work to expand Pell Grants and cap the interest rates on student loans so that Wall Street banks aren't profiting by burdening young people with debt that will take them decades to repay.

Source: 2018 IA-3 House campaign website CindyAxneForCongress .com , Nov 1, 2018

Education shouldn't be based in a lottery system

Stump speech from Polk County Convention: "I've fought to help instill the Iowa values of our own community. Like getting all-day kindergarten in West Des Moines. When I found out half the kids lost the lottery and didn't get that opportunity. They got a two-and-a-half-hour version. So I got busy. Because our education should be the great equalizer, and I'm going to make sure that I take that out to Congress as well."
Source: Bleeding Heartland on 2018 IA-3 House race , May 24, 2018

Voted YES on private lawsuits for school race discrimination.

Axne 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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