Politifact sets that record straight: Tim Kaine cut colleges by 25 percent.
On the other hand as Senator, George Allen promoted a $30 billion education tax credit to help Americans invest their own hard-earned dollars in education. (Richmond Times Dispatch 3/9/01).
In further contrast with Tim Kaine who couldn’t get his own party to vote for his budget, George Allen managed to work with an often hostile Democratic legislature to:
- Stop skyrocketing tuition by capping, then freezing tuition – saving Virginia families thousands of dollars. (“2011-12 Tuition And Fees At Virginia’s State-Supported Colleges And Universities,” State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, 7/11, Pg. 6 & 7)
- Establish prepaid tuition contracts to make a college education more affordable for students and their families. (HB 993 (1994) SB 891/HB 2265(1997))
- Increase Tuition Assistant Grants (1994-96 Budget-Item 186; 1995 Budget-Item 186; Budget 1996-98-Item 160 E and 160 C 1 b; Budget 1998-200-Item 158 C 1 b and 160 E)
- Invest an additional $173 Million in Virginia college and universities
- Invest in new funding for K-12 education initiatives
- Institute Virginia’s first-ever Standards of Learning tied to testing and accountability
Dorothy Jaeckle knows George Allen and his record on education.