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Kweisi Mfume on Education

Democratic Senate Challenger (MD); previously U.S. Representative

 


Secured federal funding for early childhood education

Early childhood education provides our children with a strong foundation at a young age and positions students for lifelong success. These federal funds will help more families in the Baltimore area access Head Start programs, which have a proven track record of narrowing educational and economic gaps in our society. We will keep fighting for federal investments in Maryland's early childhood education system." Funds were awarded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.˙
Source: 2020 MD-7 House incumbent website mfume.house.gov , Dec 16, 2020

End devastating cuts to public colleges and universities

In Maryland, our public colleges and universities have endured devastating funding cuts over the past two years, forcing tuition increases of more than 30% and putting an even heavier burden on the backs of students and parents to come up with the money for college. At the same time, Maryland’s private colleges and universities are forced to compete even harder for non-state resources and research dollars and attention.

As a member of the governing Boards of both Morgan State University and Johns Hopkins University, I have come to understand first hand the challenges and opportunities facing both our private and public institutions of higher learning. For over 25 years I have developed and demonstrated a record of fighting for educational opportunity.

As your next United States Senator, I promise you that I will continue to work to achieve the funding and support that colleges and universities need as they train and prepare the work force of the future.

Source: 2006 Senate campaign website, MfumeForSenate.com, “Issues” , Dec 25, 2005

Committed to strengthening our public schools

I recognize that the future prosperity of our nation lies in the hands of today’s students and those who teach them. I am committed to strengthening our public schools by creating a learning environment where children are safe and have all the tools they need to succeed. All my life I have fought to make education work and I need your support to now take that belief to the United States Senate.
Source: 2006 Senate campaign website, MfumeForSenate.com, “Issues” , Dec 25, 2005

Public schools overcrowded, understaffed & under-equipped

Too many of our public schools are overcrowded, understaffed, and under-equipped. Too many of our children slip through the cracks each day and far too many of our school teachers are underpaid, overworked and have inadequate pensions to look forward to in retirement.

It is not enough to say that no child should be left behind, we must work to ensure it.

Source: 2006 Senate campaign website, MfumeForSenate.com, “Issues” , Dec 25, 2005

Voted NO on giving federal aid only to schools allowing voluntary prayer.

Motion to add language to the "Goals 2000: Educate America Act" to give federal aid only to schools allowing voluntary prayer.
Bill HR 1804 ; vote number 1994-85 on Mar 23, 1994

Voted YES on private lawsuits for school race discrimination.

Mfume 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

Pro-education standards, according to PVS survey.

Mfume supports the PVS survey question on education standards

Project Vote Smart inferred whether candidates agree or disagree with the statement, 'Education: Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards?' PVS self-description: "The Political Courage Test provides voters with positions on key issues. Historically, candidates have failed to complete our test due to the advice they receive from their advisors and out of fear of negative attack ads."

Source: PVS Survey 20PVS-7 on Sep 9, 2020

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