I believe teachers, parents, and local school boards are in the best position to assess the needs of their students.
While the states and local school districts should be given more flexibility, the federal government continues to play a critical role in providing funding for educational opportunities for disabled and low-income children.
A high-quality education, especially in a more complex and dynamic economy, is something every child should have access to. This includes quality education for those children who desire to pursue a traditional college education and those who desire career and/or technical education. Our country’s economic growth is driven by a well-educated, well-trained, and well-rounded workforce
Voted to support the Every Student Succeeds Act (S. 1177). The Every Student Succeeds Act would replace No Child Left Behind and establish state-determined accountability systems, which will give states and school districts the authority to measure student performance. The bill would increase the flexibility of states and school districts to develop school improvement strategies and rewards, but maintain the requirement that states and school districts distribute yearly report cards that contain information on graduation rates and student achievement. In an effort to promote a more reasonable role for the federal government in our education system, the Every Student Succeeds Act also would eliminate some elementary and secondary education programs while consolidating others. This bill passed both the House and the Senate and was signed into law on December 10, 2015.
Co-sponsor of the Student Loan Relief Act of 2015 (H.R.4102), which authorizes the Department of the Treasury to establish a temporary three-year program to facilitate federal student loan refinancing into the private market.
Co-sponsored the Energy and Manufacturing Workforce Development Act (H.R. 4583), which directs the Department of Energy (DOE) to prioritize education and training for energy and manufacturing-related jobs in order to increase the number of skilled workers trained to work in those fields.
Strong supporter of the Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program, which offsets costs incurred by counties and cities as a result of federal lands in their jurisdiction. Since federal lands aren’t taxable property, these PILT payments are intended to make up for this lost revenue to the local government and to cover expenses such as education, etc.
Voted to support the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (H.R. 5587). The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act will help more Americans enter the workforce with the skills needed for in-demand jobs. It will provide the states with more flexibility to use federal resources in response to changing education and economic needs, as well as leaving the power to develop career and technical education plans with state and local leaders. Through work-based learning opportunities, community partnerships, and engagement with employers and potential employers, our country’s students will be better prepared to take on high-skill, high-wage jobs in a variety of fields.
Member of the Congressional Rural Education Caucus. The caucus is a bipartisan group of Members interested in working together to promote greater awareness of the unique needs and functions of rural school systems.
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