Horne, Tom

Meet the Candidate

Running For:
Superintendent of Public Instruction
Political Affiliation:
Republican
Phone:
(602) 885-4959
Occupation:
Attorney
Education:
Harvard College magna cum laude; Harvard Law School with honors
Biographical Info:

Paradise Valley School Board (at the time Arizona’s third largest district): Member of the school board for 24 years and President for 10 of them.

Legislature: chair of academic accountability committee and vice chair of education committee.

Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction, 2003-2011.

Arizona Attorney General, 2011-2015.

Former teacher of legal writing, ASU law school.

Statement:

The pillars of a quality education have been demolished in the state of Arizona. Instead of
promoting academic achievement, educators are indoctrinating students in
critical race theory and other radical propaganda. This results in student laziness and
failure to master skills necessary for a successful life.
My first priority is to get CRT out of our schools and to bring back the emphasis on academics. I want to bring strong conservative values back to our schools. I will promote real
Learning, fight for English immersion instead of bilingual, and fight back against all types of
brainwashing of our children
.

Survey

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  • OOpposes
  • *Comment
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  • Declined to respond, Position based on citation

Question Response Comments/Notes
1. Expanding background checks to include guns purchased from private individuals. -* My policy in all contexts has been to answer only questions relevant to the office (education policy) or actions I have taken in public office.
2. Adding “sexual orientation,” “gender identity,” or “gender expression” to the protected classes of race, religion, age, sex, and ancestry in nondiscrimination law. -* My policy in all contexts has been to answer only questions relevant to the office (education policy) or actions I have taken in public office.
3. Prohibiting abortion except when it is necessary to prevent the death of the mother. -* See answer to 1. As Attorney General I enforced all anti-abortion laws. As a legislator I voted to ban partial birth abortion.
4. Allowing biological males that identify as transgender to play on female sports’ teams. O* This is a high priority for me. We cannot allow girl's sports to be destroyed by their having to compete against biological boys.
5. Providing state funding to abortion entities that perform or refer for abortion. -* See answer to 1. As Attorney General I enforced all anti-abortion laws. As a legislator I voted to ban partial birth abortion.
6. Allowing all parents to use tax credits, vouchers, or education savings accounts to enable their children to attend any public, charter, private, homeschool, or online academy. S* As a legislator in the 1990's, and chairman of a conference committee, I destroyed a bill that would have limited the growth of charter schools. As a result, when I left office as State Supt of Schools, Arizona was first in the entire nation in charter schools, with 10% of students in charter schools. Florida was second with 7%. I have always been a champion for parental choice.
7. Legalizing physician-assisted suicide. -* My policy in all contexts has been to answer only questions relevant to the office (education policy) or actions I have taken in public office.
8. Allowing parents to seek professional counseling for their minor child with same-sex attraction or gender identity issues. S
9. Protecting individuals and businesses from being required to provide services or use their artistic expression in a manner that violates their moral or religious beliefs. -* My policy in all contexts has been to answer only questions relevant to the office (education policy) or actions I have taken in public office.
10. Keeping the flat income tax rate in Arizona’s state tax code. -* My policy in all contexts has been to answer only questions relevant to the office (education policy) or actions I have taken in public office.
11. Requiring any government entity, including schools, to inform parents about their child’s physical, emotional, or mental health. S
12. Establishing electric retail competition to eliminate the current monopoly system for electric utilities. -* My policy in all contexts has been to answer only questions relevant to the office (education policy) or actions I have taken in public office.