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Jason Lewis on Education

 

 


No taxpayers should bear burden of defaulted student loans

Q: Under what circumstances should taxpayers help pay off existing student loans?

A: There are no circumstances in which taxpayers should bear the burden of defaulted student loans, but currently they do. Colleges have no incentive to make sure students graduate with gainful employment. This is not right. While in Congress, I sponsored legislation that would make colleges have skin in the game so if somebody didn't pay off their loans, the college would bear the responsibility.

Source: AFA iVoterGuide on 2020 Minnesota Senate race , Nov 3, 2020

Question rising tuition rather than taxpayer funding

The skyrocketing cost of higher education--up 200% since just 1996--is leaving our young people with staggering debt. The only thing that's going up faster is textbooks. Naturally, instead of addressing the rising costs, the Obama administration wants taxpayers to forgive the loans after a short period--but only if the borrower gets a job with government or a nonprofit. That's a bad deal for the taxpayers (many of whom didn't go to college) who guarantee the $1 trillion in student debt. Democrats also want a new $750 billion-dollar free college bill passed--but before we do that, we should be asking university administrators why tuition costs are rising faster than gasoline, groceries, housing, or even health care. We need more competition in higher education and a greater emphasis on less expensive vocational and tech training essential to many of our young students looking for gainful employment.
Source: 2016 Minnesota House campaign website JasonLewis2016.com , Nov 8, 2016

Replace Department of Education with school choice

Three decades and $70 billion (annually) later, the federal Department of Education continues to micromanage our schools. Even the recently enacted ESSA law, meant to reform Common Core, allows states to take over local districts if they fail to perform. We need real changes--such as merit pay, collective-bargaining reform, seniority rules changes, and school choice--in order to best serve our children.
Source: 2016 Minnesota House campaign website JasonLewis2016.com , Nov 8, 2016

Supports vouchers to let parents choose public or private school.

Lewis supports the CC survey question on school vouchers

The Christian Coalition Voter Guide inferred whether candidates agree or disagree with the statement, 'Education vouchers that allow parents to choose a public or private school for their children' The Christian Coalition notes, "You can help make sure that voters have the facts BEFORE they cast their votes. We have surveyed candidates in the most competitive congressional races on the issues that are important to conservatives."

Source: Christian Coalition Survey 16_CC7 on Nov 8, 2016

Opposes states adopting federal education standards.

Lewis opposes the PVS survey question on education standards

The Project Vote Smart Voter Guide inferred how candidates would respond to the question, 'Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards?' Project Vote Smart notes, "in response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These issue positions, from the year 2016, are provided [for candidates who] refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Historically, candidates have failed to complete our test due to the advice they receive from their parties and advisors and out of fear of negative attack ads."

Source: Political Courage Test 16PVS_Q7 on Nov 8, 2016

2017-18 Governor, House and Senate candidates on Education: Jason Lewis on other issues:
MN Gubernatorial:
Amy Klobuchar
Chris Coleman
Erin Murphy
Jeff Johnson
Lori Swanson
Mark Dayton
Matt Dean
Rebecca Otto
Tim Pawlenty
Tim Walz
Tina Liebling
Tina Smith
MN Senatorial:
Amy Klobuchar
Jim Newberger
Karin Housley
Paula Overby
Steve Carlson
Tina Smith

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AZ-8*:Lesko
CA-39***:Kim
FL-6:Waltz ; FL-15:Spano ; FL-17:Steube
GA-7:Woodall
ID-1**:Fulcher
IN-4:Baird
IN-6:Pence
KS-2:Watkins
MN-1:Hagedorn ; MN-8:Stauber
MS-3:Guest
MT-0*:Gianforte
NC-9***:Harris
ND-a:Armstrong
NM-2***:Herrell
OH-12*:Balderson ; OH-16:Gonzalez
OK-1:Hern
PA-9:Meuser ; PA-11**:Smucker ; PA-12*:Keller ; PA-13:Joyce ; PA-14:Reschenthaler
SC-4:Timmons
SD-0:Johnson
TN-2:Burchett ; TN-6:Rose ; TN-7:Green
TX-2:Crenshaw ; TX-3:Taylor ; TX-5:Gooden ; TX-6:Wright ; TX-21:Roy ; TX-27*:Cloud
VA-5:Riggleman ; VA-6:Cline
WI-1:Steil
WV-3:Miller
Freshman class of January 2019 (Democrats):
AZ-2**:Kirkpatrick ; AZ-9:Stanton
CA-49:Levin ; CA-10:Harder ; CA-21:Cox ; CA-25:Hill ; CA-39:Cisneros ; CA-45:Porter ; CA-48:Rouda
CO-2:Neguse ; CO-6:Crow
CT-5:Hayes
FL-26:Mucarsel-Powell ; FL-27:Shalala
GA-6:McBath
HI-1**:Case
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IL-4:Garcia ; IL-6:Casten ; IL-14:Underwood
KS-3:Davids
KY-6***:McGrath
MA-3:Trahan ; MA-7:Pressley
MD-6:Trone
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NC-9***:McCready
NH-1:Pappas
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NM-1:Haaland ; NM-2:Torres Small
NV-3:Lee ; NV-4**:Horsford
NY-14:Ocasio-Cortez ; NY-11:Rose ; NY-19:Delgado ; NY-22:Brindisi ; NY-25:Morelle
OK-5:Horn
PA-4:Dean ; PA-5:Scanlon ; PA-6:Houlahan ; PA-7:Wild ; PA-17*:Lamb
SC-1:Cunningham
TX-7:Fletcher ; TX-16:Escobar ; TX-29:Garcia ; TX-32:Allred
UT-4:McAdams
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