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Witnesses Highlight Need to Improve Accountability in Higher Education

The House Committee on Education and the Workforce, chaired by Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), held a hearing to examine the accreditation system and identify ways to improve accountability in higher education. This hearing is the latest step in the committee’s continued effort to help strengthen higher education for today’s and future generations of students. The committee has identified several principles to guide higher education reform, including providing accountability and transparency to stud...

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#FlashbackFriday: New York Times Says “Workers Deserve a Choice”

Time. It’s something everyone seems to need more of. For many individuals, it’s difficult to balance the demands of work, family, and personal obligations. That’s why for years Congress has tried to give workers eligible for overtime pay a choice between comp time or cash wages. This option has long been available to public-sector workers. But outdated federal rules prohibit private-sector workers from having the same flexibility. The Working Families Flexibility Act of 2017 (H.R. 1180) would e...

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Foxx Congratulates Acosta on Senate Confirmation

Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), chairwoman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, issued the following statement after the Senate voted to confirm Alexander Acosta as Secretary of Labor: America’s workers and employers desperately need a new direction at the Department of Labor. That day has finally come. I wish to congratulate Alexander Acosta on his confirmation to serve as labor secretary. This is an important responsibility that requires taking on powerful special interests and re...

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Foxx Reacts to Report on D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program

Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), chairwoman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, issued the following statement in response to a report on the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program and its impact on student test scores: We always need to be honest about how students are performing in the classroom. We cannot overlook the challenges facing far too many public schools today, and we cannot ignore the disappointing findings in this report. Those who operate and participate in this importa...

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Foxx Statement: Hearing on "Strengthening Accreditation to Better Protect Students and Taxpayers"

Earlier this year, the committee met to examine some of the challenges facing America’s higher education system. Costs are rising at private and public institutions. Far too many individuals are failing to complete their education in a timely manner. Misguided rules are stifling innovation on campuses and creating new burdens on institutions across the country. At that same hearing we discussed opportunities to help address these challenges — opportunities like empowering students to make infor...

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Foxx Welcomes Review of K-12 Regulatory Policies

Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), chairwoman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, issued the following statement after President Trump signed an executive order requiring the Department of Education to review K-12 regulatory policies: The committee is leading the way in reducing the federal footprint in our K-12 schools, and I have long worked to get Washington bureaucrats out of our nation’s classrooms. We made important progress in the Every Student Succeeds Act by empowering paren...

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Committee Approves Bill to Empower Workers, Families with Greater Flexibility

The House Committee on Education and the Workforce, chaired by Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), today approved H.R. 1180, the Working Families Flexibility Act of 2017. Introduced by Rep. Martha Roby (R-AL), the legislation would amend the Fair Labor Standards Act to allow private-sector employers to offer workers the choice of paid time off in lieu of cash wages for overtime hours worked. The bill passed by a vote of 22 to 16. “Outdated federal rules that demand rigid work schedules are making it more...

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