Chris McDaniel on Education



No role for government in education, not even funding it

Q: Help students refinance student loans at lower rates? Increase financial aid, like Pell Grants?

Mike Espy (D): Yes. Would increase interest subsidies on student loans. Also, protect students from predatory for-profit schools.

Cindy Hyde-Smith (R): No position found.

Chris McDaniel (R): No. Has said the federal government should have no role in education, not even to pay for it.

Source: 2018 CampusElect Guide on MS Senate Special Election , Oct 9, 2018

Oppose nationwide Common Core standards

Question topic: The federal government should establish nationwide standards (such as Common Core) for high-school graduation.

McDaniel: Strongly Disagree

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 Mississippi Senate race , Jul 2, 2014

Give students right to organize religious groups at school

Every Tuesday at 7:45 a.m., about 50 students gather in the choir room at Oak Grove High School to celebrate their faith. The students are members of First Priority, a student-led Christian club. Groups like First Priority would get special protection under a bill which the Legislature is sending to the governor.

SB 2633, by Sen. Chris McDaniel, gives students the right to organize religious groups and engage in religious activities at school. It also forbids a school from discriminating against a student who expresses his religious viewpoint in class assignments.

McDaniel said his bill, which is titled "The Mississippi Student Religious Liberties Act," is designed to protect students who want to express their religious viewpoints. "Students do not lose their rights when they walk into the schoolhouse door," he said. McDaniel said his bill also would protect students who wanted to talk about their religion at school events--even opening the door for school prayer at those events.

Source: Mississippi 2012 Senate campaign website senatormcdaniel.com , Mar 13, 2013

Increase number of charter schools statewide

Chris McDaniel voted Yea on Passage of SB 2189: Expanding Charter School Authorization (Bill Passed Senate, 31-17)
Source: VoteSmart summary of Mississippi 2013-2014 voting records , Jan 16, 2013

Opposed restoring budget cuts to Adequate Education Program

SB2688: An act to direct the state fiscal officer to transfer certain sums to the budget contingency fund for the purpose of providing funds to restore a portion of the budget cuts made to certain agencies during fiscal year 2010.

Summary by Jackson Free Press (4/21/10) SB 2688 increased funding for the Mississippi Adequate Education Program formula while Gov. Haley Barbour sought to cut the entire state budget by $79 million, including MAEP.

Veto message from Governor Haley Barbour: "Senate Bill 2688 virtually guarantees tax increases by future legislatures. Spending now and taxing later is bad fiscal management, and unfair to taxpayers. SB2688 also fails to adequately restore funding for the Department of Corrections [who] will be forced to release thousands of prisoners to balance its budget."

Legislative outcome:Passed House 106-14-2, 2/11/2010; Passed Senate 26-22-3, 2/18/10; Sen. Chris McDaniel voted NO; Vetoed 2/24/10.

Source: Jackson Free Press on Mississippi voting record SB2688 , Feb 18, 2010

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