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Royce West on Education

 

 


Offer debt relief & free tuition for low income students

Tuition is too high and student loan interest rates make it nearly impossible to even pay off your debt. We must offer debt relief programs for the millions of Texans who are unable to invest in buying a home or vehicle due to the burden of their debt. We need to invest in Community Colleges, offering free tuition for low income students. The path from a Community College into a 4-year institution is complicated and uneven, and it is imperative to make that pathway easier to navigate.
Source: 2020 Texas Senate campaign website RoyceWest.com , Dec 19, 2019

Investing in public schools a top priority

Investing in K-12 education is one of my top priorities. One of the things we did was make sure funding followed our low-income students. Money would be given to schools based on the number of low-income students in attendance. We also passed a statewide pay increase for teachers to ease the burden they face. Teacher's shouldn't worry about paying for their own school supplies out of pocket.
Source: 2020 Texas Senate campaign website RoyceWest.com , Dec 19, 2019

Free community college, not sure about student debt

Q: What about student debt?

A: One of the things I will be doing is working on figuring out how students can at least get a community college degree without having to pay for it.

Q: Do you support calls to completely eliminate student debt for everyone and make college free for all?

A: If we can do it in a realistic manner, and tie that into the other priorities we have like health care. The question becomes if you only have a finite amount of money, then which one do you prioritize?

Source: The Dallas Morning News on 2020 Texas Senate race , Jul 28, 2019

Oppose evaluation of schools with A-F grades

House Bill 2804 revises the evaluation of public school performance, based on five domains of indicators. The bill requires the commissioner of education to assign each public school district and campus an overall A-F performance.

When the measure originally passed the House, both Democrats and Republicans rose to oppose the change. State Rep. Sylvester Turner, said moving to the letter grades would be a "horrendous mistake. That places more of a stigma on kids who are trying to rise above their circumstances," he said.

In a particularly fiery speech, state Rep. Larry Phillips (R) urged his colleagues to "stand up for sanity in schools" & vote for his amendment to strip the A-through-F ratings from the bill. "You think just because you rate someone A through F they are going to do a better job? No," Phillips said.

Legislative outcome: Passed Senate 30-1-0 on May/29/15; Sen. West voted NO; passed House 119-17-2 on May/31/15; signed by Governor Greg Abbott Jun/19/15.

Source: Texas Tribune on Texas legislative voting records: HB2804 , May 29, 2015

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