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  • Shrinking Washington's Role in Our Schools
    Jun 26, 2013  - America’s education system faces serious challenges, and the federal law governing K-12 classrooms is overdue for reform. But instead of working with Congress to rewrite the law, the Obama administration is using conditional waivers and pet grant programs to compel states to adopt the president’s pr... More
  • The Student Success Act: Reducing the Federal Footprint
    Jun 24, 2013  - THE PROBLEM: Over the last four decades, the federal government’s role in K-12 education has increased dramatically. Despite tripling federal funding since 1965, student achievement has remained flat. Meanwhile, the Department of Education currently operates more than 80 programs tied to K-12 class... More
  • Republicans Introduce NLRA Reforms to Protect Secret Ballot and Roll Back Micro-Union Scheme
    Jun 13, 2013  - Republicans today introduced two legislative proposals that would protect workers’ right to secret ballot union elections and roll back the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) micro-union Specialty Healthcare decision. The Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions will discuss both... More
  • H.R. 2347: Representation Fairness Restoration Act
    Jun 13, 2013  - THE PROBLEM: Unions have long tried to organize small groups or “units” of employees as an incremental step toward organizing an entire workplace. A standard used for decades by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) required a different approach, one that promoted unity in workplaces by includi... More
  • H.R. 2346: Secret Ballot Protection Act
    Jun 13, 2013  - THE PROBLEM: Under current federal labor law, workers choose whether or not to be represented by a union through a federally-supervised secret ballot election. However, workers can also organize through a ‘card check’ campaign, in which workers are asked to publicly declare their support for union ... More
  • ***MEDIA ADVISORY*** Subcommittee to Discuss the Role of Accreditation in Quality Higher Education Programs
    Jun 11, 2013  - On Thursday, June 13 at 10:00 a.m., the Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training, chaired by Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), will hold a hearing entitled, “Keeping College Within Reach: Discussing Program Quality Through Accreditation.” The hearing will take place in room 2175 of the Raybu... More
  • Kline, Heck Express Concerns with USDA's Proposed Competitive Foods Rule
    May 30, 2013  - Dear Secretary Vilsack: As the school year comes to an end, states, school districts, parents, students, the Department of Agriculture (USDA), and Congress have now had a fully year to examine the effects of the updated meal pattern standards on the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs. Aft... More
  • Kline and Foxx: Getting politics out of student loans
    May 23, 2013  - Bipartisan compromise is tough to find in Washington right now — but when there is opportunity for agreement, we owe it to the American people to take action. In the coming weeks, millions of student-loan borrowers could see their interest rates double from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent. We’re in this... More
  • Kline Statement: H.R. 1911, The Smarter Solutions for Students Act
    May 23, 2013  - We’re here today to address a crisis of Washington’s own making. Several years ago, Congress decided politicians – not the free market – were better equipped to set student loan interest rates. Politicians set a fixed rate of 6.8 percent for all loans, and then decided to advance legislation based o... More
  • Secretary Duncan Joins House Republicans in Support for Long-Term Solution to Student Loan Interest Rates
    May 21, 2013  - The House Committee on Education and the Workforce, chaired by Rep. John Kline (R-MN), today held a hearing with Education Secretary Arne Duncan to examine the administration’s budget and policy proposals. During the hearing, members spoke with Secretary Duncan about the need to address the upcoming... More