Mike Cooney on Education
Freeze college tuition; reduce student debt
Q: Support free or subsidized tuition for lower income individuals?
Cooney: Yes. Would freeze college tuition at four-year colleges and raise funding for two-year institutions. Supports federal funding for programs supporting low-income students.
Would reduce student debt.
Gianforte: No. Sees "market forces," a decrease in the availability of student loans, as helping to lower cost of tuition. Focuses on promoting "trades education and apprenticeship programs" over four-year college degrees.
Source: CampusElect survey on 2020 Montana Gubernatorial race
, Nov 3, 2020
Oppose diverting public funding toward private education
He is a champion of Montana's public education system and seeks ways to support educators and increase funding. As Governor, Mike will work with partner organizations to secure a public, voluntary, quality pre-K program across the state, ensure the
6-mill levy that funds our universities becomes permanent, and increase investments in two-year colleges, apprenticeship programs, and vocational education opportunities. He will oppose any efforts to divert public funding toward private education.
Source: 2020 Montana governor campaign website CooneyForMontana.com
, Mar 25, 2020
More funding for Head Start and critical K-12 programs
Cooney supported the following principles regarding education?
- Provide state funding to increase teacher salaries.
- Increase funding for Head Start programs.
- Provide state funding for tax incentives and financial aid to help make college more
- Cooney adds, "As the Chairman of the Senate Finance and Claims committee in the 2005 session, I worked hard to balance the state budget while more appropriately funding critical programs like K-12 education without raising taxes."
Source: 2006 Montana Gubernatorial National Political Awareness Test
, Nov 1, 2006
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