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Bob Casey on Education

Democratic Sr Senator (PA)

 


Refinance student loans at lower rates

Q: Student debt & financial aid: Refinance student loans at lower rates, paid for by more taxes on high earners (Elizabeth Warren proposal)? Raise student financial aid, like Pell Grants?

Lou Barletta (R): Unknown.

Bob Casey (D): Yes.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Pennsylvania Senate race , Oct 9, 2018

Fight for more funding for public education

Bob Casey has been an advocate for increased investments to reduce class size and retain well-qualified teachers. As a U.S. Senator, Bob Casey will continue to fight for public education and children. He will fight for increased funding for child care, early childhood education, elementary and secondary school funding, after-school funding, and more assistance to help parents send their children to college.
Source: 2006 Senate campaign website, bobcaseyforpa.com, “Issues” , Feb 22, 2006

Intelligent Design in religion class, not science class

Casey says he believes that science should be taught in the science classroom. A spokesperson says, “But if you want to talk about intelligent design, do it in religious class or church or home.”
Source: Philadelphia Inquirer, “Santorum now critical of Dover case” , Dec 22, 2005

Supports teaching “abstinence plus” in schools

Q: Do you support the so-called “abstinence plus” approach to sex education that stresses abstinence but also includes information on birth control?

A: I think that’s a good approach. Kids need to know about birth control, but not from Washington. I believe that local school districts must have the flexibility to implement sex education programs that are appropriate for their communities.

Source: The Philadelphia Jewish Voice , Oct 9, 2005

Posting Ten Commandments in government buildings ok

On the Ten Commandments. (The U.S. Supreme Court is considering whether to ban displays of the 10 Commandments in government buildings, as a violation of separation of church and state.) “I don’t oppose [such displays]. I do think politicians spend a lot more time talking about that question than trying to live the 10 Comandments. No matter what your religious beliefs, there are some universal truths in those commandments that we all ought to live by.”
Source: Gar Joseph, Philadelphia Daily News , Apr 29, 2005

Opposes school vouchers

Q: What is your position on school choice legislation in the form of direct grants to students to attend the school of their choice (vouchers)?

A: Oppose

Q: What is your position on increasing funding for the Educational Improvement Tax Credit, which encourages businesses to donate to Pre-K- 12 scholarship programs?

A: Due to budgetary constraints, I would want to evaluate the effectiveness of this program before endorsing an increase in funding.

Q: What is your position on the establishment of a state-funded preschool (ages 3-4) program available to all students, regardless of family income, administered exclusively by public school districts?

A: Oppose. I support using state funds to increase the availability of safe, quality and affordable early care and education for families that choose to use these programs.

Source: Archdiocese of Philadelphia survey of Treasurer candidates , Nov 7, 2004

Voted YES on additional $10.2B for federal education & HHS projects.

Vote on the passage of the bill, the American Competitiveness Scholarship Act, the omnibus appropriations bill for the Departments of Departments of Education, Health and Human Services, and Labor. Pres. Bush then vetoed the Bill.

Proponents support voting YES because:

Rep. OBEY: This bill, more than any other, determines how willing we are to make the investment necessary to assure the future strength of this country and its working families. The President has chosen to cut the investments in this bill by more than $7.5 billion in real terms. This bill rejects most of those cuts.

Opponents recommend voting NO because:

Rep. LEWIS: This bill reflects a fundamental difference in opinion on the level of funding necessary to support the Federal Government's role in education, health and workforce programs. The bill is $10.2 billion over the President's budget request. While many of these programs are popular on both sides of the aisle, this bill contains what can rightly be considered lower priority and duplicative programs. For example, this legislation continues three different programs that deal with violence prevention. An omnibus bill is absolutely the wrong and fiscally reckless approach to completing this year's work. It would negate any semblance of fiscal discipline demonstrated by this body in recent years.

Veto message from President Bush:

This bill spends too much. It exceeds [by $10.2 billion] the reasonable and responsible levels for discretionary spending that I proposed to balance the budget by 2012. This bill continues to fund 56 programs that I proposed to terminate because they are duplicative, narrowly focused, or not producing results. This bill does not sufficiently fund programs that are delivering positive outcomes. This bill has too many earmarks--more than 2,200 earmarks totaling nearly $1 billion. I urge the Congress to send me a fiscally responsible bill that sets priorities.

Reference: American Competitiveness Scholarship Act; Bill H.R. 3043 ; vote number 2007-391 on Oct 23, 2007

Professional development grants for elementary principals.

Casey signed S.3658

    A bill to provide professional development for elementary school principals in early childhood education and development. Authorize the Secretary of Education to award competitive grants to partnerships to:
  1. provide high quality professional development to elementary school principals in early childhood education and development;
  2. gain a knowledge base and capacity to provide high quality early childhood education; and
  3. collaborate with early childhood education providers, services providers, and families in creating a continuum of high quality development and learning for children in the community and school settings.
    Directs the Secretary to establish a panel of leading experts in elementary and early childhood education to:
  1. identify the best practices in professional development for elementary school principals in early childhood education;
  2. review the effective coordination of such training among this Act's grantees; and
  3. disseminate the latest research and findings regarding such training.
Source: Elementary and Secondary Education Act Amendment 10-S3658 on Jul 27, 2010

Don't count combat pay against free school lunch.

Casey signed Military Family Nutrition Protection Act

A bill to amend the National School Lunch Act and the Child Nutrition Act of 1966 to require the exclusion of combat pay from income for purposes of determining eligibility for child nutrition programs and the special supplemental nutrition program for women, infants, and children.

Source: S.581 2009-S581 on Mar 12, 2009

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