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Thursday, October 26, 2006

Halter hits Holt on education

Posted By on Thu, Oct 26, 2006 at 4:44 PM

Democratic lieutenant governor nominee Bill Halter today held a news conference to highlight the record of his Republican opponent, Jim Holt, on education issues.

Arkansas Education Association president Dan Marzoni joined Halter and said Holt's positions are potentially unconstitutional. ("Arkansas requires a lieutenant governor who will uphold its constitution, not violate it," Marzoni said.)

A fact sheet distributed at the event said:

Jim Holt has voted no against every important educational issue that has come before the State Legislature. Jim Holt has no plan to improve Arkansas’s education system.

Jim Holt has no plan to provide voluntary pre-kindergarten to our children and has voted no against offering pre-kindergarten to 43,000 3-and-4-year old children living below the federal poverty line. [HB 2376, 2003 General Assembly; Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 3/23/04].

The release, available after the jump, went on to list all of the "no" votes Holt cast on education bills while he was in the state legislature.

Jim Holt – Mr. “No” To Educating Arkansas’s Children

Jim Holt has voted no against every important educational issue that has come before the State Legislature.   Jim Holt has no plan to improve Arkansas’s education system.

Jim Holt has no plan to provide voluntary pre-kindergarten to our children and has voted no against offering pre-kindergarten to 43,000 3-and-4-year old children living below the federal poverty live.  .  [HB 2376, 2003 General Assembly; Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 3/23/04]

Holt’s “No” Votes
-    Voted twice against increasing teacher pay
[2006 Special Session of the AR General  Assembly, SB 5 & SB 27; Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 4/4/06, 4/12/06]

- Jim Holt was the only vote against providing incentives for recruiting and retaining teachers in rural school districts. [Associated Press, 2/6/04; AR General Assembly, SB89, 2/4/04

- Jim Holt voted twice against increased per-pupil funding
[SB 5, AR General Assembly Special Session, 4/4/06; Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 3/39/06]

- Jim Holt no against giving teachers just one 30-minute, uninterrupted lunch break per day.  [HB 2789, AR General Assembly, 4/5/05]

- Jim Holt was the only State Senator to vote against allowing teachers access to the retirement benefits they have earned. [Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 4/2/03, HB2450]

- Jim Holt even voted against a bill that provided just $500 per year for school supplies. [HB 1619, AR General Assembly, 3/20/03]

- No School Funding for Rural School Districts – Jim Holt proposed a state constitutional amendment for that would have gutted funding of small and rural school districts.  Under Holt’s proposal, public schools would only receive funding from those residing in the school district.  Under Holt’s extreme proposal, students living in poor school districts would receive less funding for their schools than students who resided in wealthier districts.  Thankfully this proposal never made it of committee. [84th General Assembly Regular Session, SJR 20]

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