Daniel Coats on Education

Last Updated : Jul 14, 2010

Summary

Senator Coats does not address education on his campaign website. In the past, he as strongly supported school vouchers, and voted in favor of allowing tax free education accounts for private schools.

 

DC Voucher Program

In 1997, Senator Coats was the primary sponsor of legislation to create a private voucher system for the students of Washington DC. The legislation allowed students to opt out of public schools and receive funds for the private school of their choice.

Voting Record

Education Savings and School Excellence Act of 1998

This 1998 legislation would have allowed people to take money from their IRAs to pay for qualified elementary and secondary education expenses, including home schooling expenses. It increased the annual contribution limit from $500 to $2,000. It permits corporations to contribute to education IRAs. Although the bill passed in the Senate easily, it was vetoed by the President. Daniel Coats voted in favor of the Education Savings and School Excellence Act of 1998.

Daniel Coats voted in favor of the Education Savings and School Excellence Act of 1998.

Education Savings Act and School Excellence Act of 1998

In 1998, the Education Savings Act for Public and Private Schools Education Savings and School Excellence Act of 1998 attempted to create tax-sheltered educational savings accounts. Although the bill got a majority of the votes, it did not get the numbers needed and failed to pass with the support of most Republicans, but the opposition of most Democrats. Daniel Coats voted in favor of the Education Savings Act and School Excellence Act of 1998.

Daniel Coats voted in favor of the Education Savings Act and School Excellence Act of 1998.

Amendment - Vouchers in DC

In 1999, the Senate voted on an amendment to the DC appropriations bill that would have installed a voucher system to allow students to choose to attend a private school, or any school other than their assigned public school. The measure failed to get the votes it needed with most Republicans supporting it and most Democrats voting in opposition to it. Daniel Coats voted in favor of the DC voucher system.

Daniel Coats voted in favor of the DC voucher system.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-105; Bill Number-S 1996; REAL Life Educational Opportunity Act of 1998 - Cosponsor

Amends title VI (Innovative Education Program Strategies) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) to allow any State that has enacted or will enact a law establishing a voluntary public and private school parental choice scholarship program in compliance with specified ESEA requirements to reserve an additional 15 percent from its annual title IV allotment for use exclusively for such parental choice programs. Requires State educational agencies (SEAs), except in the case of such programs, to distribute 90 percent (currently 85 percent) of title VI funds to local educational agencies (LEAs).

Session-105; Bill Number-S 1380; Charter School Expansion Act of 1998 - Prime Sponsor

Amends the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) to authorize a State educational agency (SEA) to use funds for planning, designing, and initial implementation of public charter schools.

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