Michael Castle on Education

Last Updated : Dec 14, 2010


Senator Thune has stated that he supports the goals of the No Child Left Behind Legislation. He supports the Head Start Program which provides funding for pre-school.


Support for Head Start

In November of 2007, Senator Thune released a press statement noting the passage of funding for the Head Start legislation.


Official Website Statements



Voting Record

College Cost Reduction and Access Act

The College Cost Reduction and Access Act is a significant education bill dealing largely with funding for higher education. The bill removes tuition sensitivity for Pell Grants, increases the amount available for Pell grants, Funds the Upward Bound program, establishes the TEACH Grants, reduces student loan repayment rates, sets deferments based on need and establishes some partner based grants. The bill got a great deal of support in the Senate and passed easily. John Thune voted in favor of the College Cost Reduction and Access Act.

John Thune voted in favor of the College Cost Reduction and Access Act.


Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-111; Bill Number-S 326; Kids First Act - Cosponsor

Amends title XXI (State Children's Health Insurance) (SCHIP) of the Social Security Act (SSA) to revise, reauthorize, and extend the SCHIP program through FY2013 at increased levels. Repeals the limitation on the availability of SCHIP funding for FY2008-FY2009.Provides for determination of allotments for the 50 states and the District of Columbia based on expenditures and numbers of low-income children. Sets limitations on matching rates for populations other than targeted low-income children or pregnant women covered through a Section 1115 waiver.

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