Tom Garrett on Education



Supports school choice: public, private, or home school

Our federal education department has done more to get in the way of good education in this country than any other entity. From 'No Child Left Behind' policies, to forcing the adoption of Common Core standards and other improper anti-conservative initiatives on our children, the Department of Education has had a disastrous impact on education in this country.

The father of two, Tom stands wants to provide the best possible education for our children, be it in public, private, or home school. That's why Tom supports school choice, and why he thinks parents should have the final say in how their children are educated, not Richmond or Washington.

The Department of Education has presided over the long slow decline of our education system. Our children deserve better than to have edu-crats in D.C. micromanaging every aspect of their education. Tom will support efforts to reduce, roll-back, or eliminate the Department of Education and its onerous demands.

Source: 2016 VA House campaign website TomGarrettForCongress.com , Nov 8, 2016

Student Security: $7000 in loans, deferring Social Security

Student Security is a revolutionary proposal by Tom Garrett to alleviate both the Student Debt Crisis and the impending insolvency of Social Security.

In short, the proposal allows for individuals who currently hold student loan debt to have $5-7,000 of that debt forgiven for every year that that student agrees to defer Social Security disbursements.

With the student debt burden in this nation approaching $1.5 Trillion dollars, if implemented properly, this program will immediately make Social Security solvent again. In addition, younger people will immediately have more capital to invest in homes, cars, and starting families which will be a tremendous boost to the economy.

Tom Garrett is adamant about not breaking promises already made, but instead changing future ones. This proposal will allow individuals to make a choice about what is best for themselves and their own financial future.

Source: 2016 VA House campaign website TomGarrettForCongress.com , Nov 8, 2016

Constitutional amendment for charter schools

Legislative Summary: Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of Virginia, relating to the establishment of charter schools: The General Assembly shall have authority to establish charter schools within the school divisions of the Commonw

Legislative Outcome:: Sen. Garrett voted YEA; introduced Dec 9, 2015; failed Senate 19-21-0, on Feb. 15, 2016.

Source: Virginia Legislative voting records on SJ6 , Feb 15, 2016

Right to religious student groups & voluntary school prayer

Legislative Summary: Codifies the right of students toExcerpt from veto message: SB 236 actually infringes on students' right to be free from coercive prayer and religious messaging at both voluntary and required school events. The Establishment Clause of the US Constitution forbids school-sponsored prayer and religious indoctrination, as well as any school initiative designed to endorse prayer.

Legislative Outcome:: Sen. Garrett voted YEA; passed Senate 20-18-0, on Jan. 21; passed House 64-34-2, on Feb. 26; vetoed by Gov. McAuliffe on April 7.

Source: Virginia Legislative voting records on SB236 , Jan 21, 2014

Supports vouchers to let parents choose public or private school.

Garrett 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.

Garrett 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: Tom Garrett on other issues:
VA Gubernatorial:
Amanda Chase
Bob McDonnell
Frank Wagner
Jennifer Carroll Foy
Jennifer McClellan
Justin Fairfax
Ken Cuccinelli
Kirk Cox
Mark Herring
Ralph Northam
Robert Sarvis
Terry McAuliffe
Tim Kaine
Tom Perriello
VA Senatorial:
Amanda Chase
Corey Stewart
Daniel Gade
Mark Warner
Nick Freitas
Scott Taylor
Tim Kaine

Freshman class of 2019:
"Freshman class" means "not in Congress in January 2017", with exceptions:
* Special election, so sworn in other than Jan. 2019
** Served in Congress in a previous term
*** Lost recount or general election
Freshman class of January 2019 (Republicans):
FL-6:Waltz ; FL-15:Spano ; FL-17:Steube
MN-1:Hagedorn ; MN-8:Stauber
OH-12*:Balderson ; OH-16:Gonzalez
PA-9:Meuser ; PA-11**:Smucker ; PA-12*:Keller ; PA-13:Joyce ; PA-14:Reschenthaler
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
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
FL-26:Mucarsel-Powell ; FL-27:Shalala
IA-1:Finkenauer ; IA-3:Axne
IL-4:Garcia ; IL-6:Casten ; IL-14:Underwood
MA-3:Trahan ; MA-7:Pressley
MI-8:Slotkin ; MI-9:Levin ; MI-13:Tlaib ; MI-13*:Jones ; MI-11:Stevens
MN-2:Craig ; MN-3:Phillips ; MN-5:Omar
NJ-2:Van Drew ; NJ-3:Kim ; NJ-7:Malinowski ; NJ-11:Sherrill
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
PA-4:Dean ; PA-5:Scanlon ; PA-6:Houlahan ; PA-7:Wild ; PA-17*:Lamb
TX-7:Fletcher ; TX-16:Escobar ; TX-29:Garcia ; TX-32:Allred
VA-2:Luria ; VA-7:Spanberger ; VA-10:Wexton
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