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Education & Labor Committee Republicans

  • Here’s the Right Way for Conservatives to Start Fixing No Child Left Behind
    Feb 26, 2015  - On Friday, the U.S. House will vote on the Student Success Act (H.R. 5). The bill would revamp the Bush-era No Child Left Behind Act (formally known as the Elementary and Secondary Education Act). It’s a promising bill and one that deserves the enthusiastic support of conservatives. The Student Succ... More
  • Reduce the Federal Footprint in America's Classrooms
    Feb 26, 2015  - The current K-12 education system is failing our students, and state and local attempts to make it better have been hampered by an enormous federal footprint. Parents and education leaders have lost much of their decision-making authority to Washington bureaucrats, and the Secretary of Education has... More
  • ICYMI: Kline bill would give charter schools a boost
    May 5, 2014  - Proponents created public charter schools, in part, to use them to incubate new educational approaches, then replicate the successes. Charters started in Minnesota about 20 years ago, and today there are thousands of them with nearly a million students nationwide. But not nearly enough of the highe... More
  • ICYMI: Obama's Misguided War Against School Choice
    Sep 10, 2013  - The Department of Justice recently filed a lawsuit to stop the state of Louisiana from implementing a private school choice program to help low-income students trapped in failing public schools. House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-MN) is among those who have voiced co... More
  • ICYMI: Rokita Op-Ed Celebrates School Choice Initiatives
    Jan 31, 2013  - By Rep. Todd Rokita One of the great Indiana success stories of the past decade is what we’ve accomplished in the area of education reform. I am always proud to tell the story of our state’s success in Washington, D.C., and now, as I begin my service as chairman of the U.S. House Subcommittee on Ea... More
  • ICYMI: School officials fear a federal policy takeover
    May 24, 2012  - This week, the administration announced another version of the stimulus-era Race to the Top program, this time geared toward individual school districts. The new program is expected to cost taxpayers $400 million, and requires local school districts to adopt sweeping Department of Education mandate... More
  • ICYMI: Who will rescue the D.C. voucher program this time?
    Apr 11, 2012  - The D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program (OSP) provides disadvantaged students in the nation’s capital the financial support and opportunity to access a better education. Since its inception in 2004, the program has rescued thousands of students from one of the most troubled public school systems i... More
  • ICYMI: We Need to Fix No Child Left Behind
    Jan 6, 2012  - By Chairman John Kline (R-MN) As originally appeared on CNN.com. Ten years ago, "No Child Left Behind" became the law of the land. Enacted under President George W. Bush's administration with the promise to focus on individual student achievement and overall school performance, No Child Left Behind... More
  • ICYMI: A federal takeover of education
    Oct 3, 2011  - By George Will Obama Gives States a Voice In ‘No Child’ — New York Times, Sept. 24 Many Americans, having grown accustomed to Caesarism, probably see magnanimity in that front-page headline. Others, however, read it as redundant evidence of how distorted American governance has become. A president ... More
  • ICYMI: With Bipartisan Support, Law on Expansion of Charter Schools Passes the House
    Sep 14, 2011  - The U.S. House of Representatives yesterday approved the Education and the Workforce Committee’s first piece of education reform legislation. The Empowering Parents through Quality Charter Schools Act (H.R. 2218) passed with strong bipartisan support in a vote of 365 to 54. Upon passage, House Comm... More
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