Pearce Would Continue Martinez Neglect of Schools

On Friday, a New Mexico district judge ruled that New Mexico has failed its students by not providing adequate funding for its public schools. The Democratic Party of New Mexico responded:

“This court decision told us what we already knew: Susana Martinez has short-changed our students and educators for years,” said Marg Elliston, Chair of the Democratic Party of New Mexico. “We also know Steve Pearce would be even worse for our public schools. His record shows a pattern: Starve students and educators of resources. He voted to slash Head Start, special education, Pell Grants, and college loan programs at the federal level and we know he’d do even more damage with the power of the governorship. We can’t risk putting a person who is no friend of kids and education, like Steve Pearce, in the Governor’s Mansion.”

Steve Pearce is an enemy to public education:

Pearce voted to cut millions from Head Start and special education.

2005: Pearce voted against an effort to strip a 1% across-the-board cut to all “discretionary” programs that had been attached to the FY 2006 defense spending bill. The provision included a $28 million cut to Title I that would leave behind 160,000 needy children. The measure also cut special education by $7 million and Head Start by $69 million, resulting in 9,500 children being expelled from Head Start classrooms. [Senate Committee on Appropriations Minority Staff, 12/19/05]

He’s repeatedly opposed accountability for public schools.

2017: Pearce Voted For Nullifying A Department Of Education Rule Requiring The Department To Define And Monitor Low-Performing Schools.

2017: Pearce Voted For Nullifying A Department Of Education Rule Requiring States To Annually Evaluate Teacher Certification Programs.

He also supported the nomination of fellow “enemy to public education” Betsy Devos.

Albuquerque Journal, 11/27/16: “Pearce said that contrary to early media reports that described Trump’s transition as in disarray, it is ‘on track with other modern transitions for vetting and quality of nominees.’ […] Betsy DeVos, Trump’s pick for education secretary, has been sharply criticized by teacher unions, but her selection reflects Trump’s pledge to disrupt the status quo at failing public schools, particularly in cities.”

Jon Valant, Brown Center for Education Policy at the Brookings Institution: Betsy Devos “is regarded as an enemy to public education.”

He’s also no friend of college students:

Steve Pearce voted to cut federal student loans…

2005: Pearce cast a deciding vote in favor of the Deficit Reduction Act, which passed 217-215. The bill cut $12.7 billion from federal student loans, the largest such cut in history.

…Raise interest rates on student borrowers…

The 2005 Deficit Reduction Act also raised interest rates on Stafford loans from 4.7% to 6.8%

…And cut Pell Grants for more than 50,000 New Mexicans.

2015: Pearce voted to slash Pell Grants for more than 50,000 New Mexicansthat receive them.

Pearce also supports forcing creationism into scientific research.

Pearce has given thousands of dollars to the Institute for Creation Research, which seeks to promote creationist ideology in scientific research and education.

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