Factcheck.org: Both Clinton and Pence Fudge the Truth on Indiana Education

By Andrew Pillow

In the days following vice president picks by the presidential nominees, both sides very quickly seized the chance to attack each other’s choice.

One of the sources of contention was Mike Pence’s education record. Mike Pence insists that he made “record” investments in education. Hillary Clinton on the other hand claims Pence slashed education budgets.

Factcheck.org, which used local news sources to research the claims, found that both candidates were wrong.

While it is technically true that Mike Pence passed an education budget larger than any of the ones before he took office, his claim does not account for inflation.

The 2017 budget of $10 billion is the largest in nominal dollars, but when adjusted for inflation, it is actually smaller than some previous budgets.

But this according to Factcheck.org hardly qualifies as “slashing” the budget, making Hillary Clinton wrong as well.

It is important to note that the education budget was lowered in certain areas, but Clinton didn’t specify those areas when she made her claim. She just said “Indiana”, which Factcheck.org says makes her claim too broad to be one hundred percent true.

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Andrew Pillow

Andrew is a technology teacher at KIPP Indy College Prep. He is graduate of the University of Kentucky and a Teach for America Alum. Andrew just recently finished his commitment as a Teach Plus Policy fellow, and he is looking forward to putting the skills he's learned to good use. Andrew has written for several publications in the past on a wide variety of topics but will be sticking to education for his role on Indy/Ed.