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State and Local Ed Leaders: Department’s Actions Threaten Positive K-12 Reforms

The Committee on Education and the Workforce, chaired by Rep. John Kline (R-MN), today held a hearing to examine the Department of Education’s steps to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The committee heard from Secretary of Education John B. King, Jr., as well as state and local leaders who echoed members’ concerns regarding the department’s accountability and “supplement, not supplant” proposals. “We are raising these concerns because it’s vitally important for the laws written b...

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Kline Statement on Hearing with Secretary of Education King

Rep. John Kline (R-MN), chairman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, released the following statement after Secretary of Education John King concluded his testimony addressing implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act: The Every Student Succeeds Act is based on the principle that state and local leaders can run their K-12 schools better than Washington bureaucrats. The law represents the best opportunity we’ve had in decades to provide every child in every school an exc...

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Kline Statement: Hearing on “Next Steps in K-12 Education: Examining Recent Efforts to Implement the Every Student Succeeds Act”

Welcome back, Secretary King, and thank you for joining us. When we last met, the process for implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act was just getting underway. We had a healthy discussion about the bipartisan reforms Congress passed and the president signed into law. Those reforms are designed to restore state and local control over K-12 schools. That’s not just my own personal view. It’s the view held by governors, state lawmakers, teachers, parents, principals, and superintendents who rec...

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House Continues Effort to Protect Access to Affordable Retirement Advice

Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions Subcommittee Chairman Phil Roe (R-TN) and House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-MN) issued the following statements regarding today’s vote to override President Obama’s veto of H. J. Res. 88, a joint resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act. Introduced by Rep. Roe, the resolution would protect access to affordable retirement advice for low- and middle-income families by blocking the Department of Labor’s ext...

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Committee Advances Bipartisan Bills to Help More Americans Pursue Higher Education

The House Committee on Education and the Workforce, chaired by Rep. John Kline (R-MN), today approved a number of bipartisan bills that will help strengthen higher education for students, parents, and taxpayers. The legislative proposals—all approved by voice vote—include measures to empower students and families to make informed decisions, simplify and improve the financial aid process, and enhance existing support and accountability for institutions serving minority students. “In recent years,...

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Foxx Statement: Markup of H.R. 3178

Each year, families across the country face difficult decisions about where they can afford to send their children to college and what institution is the best fit for them. Students must wade through massive and often conflicting amounts of information in order to make an informed choice. While the federal government has long provided students with financial assistance to pursue a postsecondary education, for many, the college selection and financial aid process is complicated, burdensome, and c...

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Guthrie Statement: Markup of H.R. 3179

I’m happy to be here today to help address several challenges facing Americans pursuing a higher education. One of those challenges is understanding the federal financial aid process. Students and parents face a number of difficult questions when considering their higher education opportunities. Deciding how to responsibly finance and pay for their education is an important part of that process. Unfortunately, the policies in place to promote the financial literacy of aid recipients are seriousl...

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