Greg Gianforte on Education
Private donations to colleges to address student debt
Student Debt: How to address student debt?
Gianforte: Unclear. Advocates private donations to higher education.
Quist: Supports legislation to streamline student loan process & cap interest rates at maximum of 3%.
Source: CampusElect.org Issue Guide: 2018 Congress MT-AL election
, Nov 1, 2018
Provides high school scholarships for computer coding
Greg is the founder of CodeMontana, which provides public school scholarships to high school students to learn coding and computer science. He's also the founder of ACE Scholarships Montana to help low and moderate income students attend the school of
their choice. Additionally, Greg launched Gianforte manufacturing scholarships, providing 50% scholarships to low-income Montanans and veterans.
Source: 2016 Montana governor's campaign website GregForMontana.com
, Feb 3, 2016
Supports school choice and voucher initiatives
In addition to supporting school choice and voucher initiatives that have faced stiff opposition from Democrats in the Legislature, Gianforte proposed investing in additional science and math training for K-12 teachers and an expansion of the state's
Digital Academy so more kids could pursue advanced coursework. As one way to bring more computer science courses to schools, he proposed making them an alternative to fulfill foreign language credit requirements.
Source: Billings Gazette on 2016 Montana gubernatorial race
, Jan 24, 2016
Helped build a museum based on creationist beliefs
Montana has attracted a small but vocal hard-right Christian coalition, which is where Gianforte, a devout Christian who grew up in Philadelphia, fits in.
The Gianforte Family Foundation has supported anti-abortion campaigns and helped build a museum based on the creationist belief that humans and dinosaurs coexisted. In 2014, Gianforte lobbied against a nondiscrimination ordinance in Bozeman.
Source: Ozy.com on 2016 Montana gubernatorial race
, Jan 13, 2016
CC:Vouchers for private schools.
Gianforte supports the CC survey question on education 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'
Christian Coalition's self-description: "Christian Voter Guide is a clearing-house for traditional, pro-family voter guides. We do not create voter guides, nor do we interview or endorse candidates."
Source: Christian Coalition Surve 18CC-7 on Jul 1, 2018
PVS:States decide standards, not federal government.
Gianforte opposes 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 18PVS-7 on Aug 1, 2018
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