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Iowa educators: Don’t trust GOP Senate candidate Joni Ernst on education

New significant television ad buy asks voters to do their homework on Joni Ernst

WASHINGTON - October 28, 2014 -

With one week to go until Election Day, the NEA Advocacy Fund is running a significant, six-figure, tough new television ad in the competitive Iowa Senate race. Titled “Homework,” Iowa educators ask voters to check Senate GOP candidate Joni Ernst’s track record on education before they cast their votes on Election Day. The ad will run starting Oct. 28 – Nov. 3 in the Davenport and Des Moines media markets.

“Can voters really trust Joni Ernst?” asked NEA Political Director Karen White. “This is the biggest question as Iowa voters head into the polls on Tuesday. Iowa educators know what is best for students, and when they ask voters to do their homework and check Joni Ernst’s record on education, voters should pay attention. After all, her extreme views on education are out of line with what most Iowans believe. Taking funds from public school students and giving them to wealthy private schools aren’t values that most Iowans share with Joni Ernst.”

The ad notes that Joni Ernst would eliminate the U.S. Department of Education and, along the way, slash $1 billion in programs and services that benefit Iowa’s students—especially those who need the most help—from pre-K to higher education. The ad also references that she would take public school funds and give to wealthy private schools instead.

“Some cuts never heal and the type of cuts that Joni Ernst would make if elected to the U.S. Senate could hurt students, and lead to larger class sizes, fewer art and athletic programs, and slash teaching positions,” said White. “The road to economic security runs directly through public education. We need to invest in education now and prepare our children for the jobs of the 21st century. Instead of balancing the budget on the backs of students, we need our elected leaders to focus their efforts on rebuilding Iowa’s economy in order to move the state forward,” concluded White.

Ad script:

Woman: Do your homework, and ask yourself if we can really trust Joni Ernst?
Narrator: Joni Ernst is leading the fight to take funding from public school students, and give it to wealthy private schools instead.
Male: That’s just not right.
Narrator: But there’s more. Ernst would eliminate the Department of Education, cutting almost a billion dollars from Iowa schools, and putting college out of reach…
Woman: That’s the last thing our middle class can handle…
Young Woman: Joni Ernst just isn’t someone we can trust.

The NEA Advocacy Fund, NEA’s independent expenditure PAC, paid for this ad and is responsible for its content.

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