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Tina Smith on Education

 

 


More funding for emergency loans, financial aid & grants

Student Debt: Refinance student loans at lower rates, paid for by raising taxes on high earners (Elizabeth Warren bill)?

Smith: Yes. Cosponsored Warren's Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act.

Housley: No position found.

Student Financial Aid: Increase federal student financial aid, like Pell Grants?

Smith: Yes. Has pushed for more funding for financial aid & grants. Wants more investment in technical & vocational training.

Housley: No position found on increases. Wants more students to opt for 2-year degrees, & loan forgiveness for students who go to work at local companies in "greater Minnesota" but not the Twin Cities.

Source: 2017-2018 Minnesota special election CampusElect.org Guide , Nov 1, 2018

School vouchers create a 2-tiered education system

Education: Provide vouchers to parents to send their children to private schools with public money?

Smith: No. "School vouchers create a 2-tiered education system, while diverting critical resources from the public schools."

Housley: Unclear on vouchers. Says she is a "school choice person."

Source: 2017-2018 Minnesota special election CampusElect.org Guide , Nov 1, 2018

Free all-day kindergarten

Widely regarded as one of the state's most capable and accomplished managers, Tina Smith has spent the last three decades bringing people together to accomplish big things for her community and the people of Minnesota.

For the last three years, Tina has served as Governor Mark Dayton's Chief of Staff where she has been a driving force behind Governor Dayton's agenda to build a Better Minnesota--making investments and reforms that have improved the lives of Minnesotans.

These successful initiatives have helped save families $2,500 a year by making free all-day kindergarten a reality for all Minnesota kids, delivered the largest financial aid increase in a generation that will help 100,000 students and will freeze college tuition at state colleges and universities, turned a $6 billion deficit into a $1 billion surplus, and helped businesses create more than 133,000 jobs since January 2011.

Source: 2014 Minnesota gubernatorial campaign website MarkDayton.org , Jul 2, 2014

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