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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
  • What They’re Saying: Child Care Stakeholders Support Bipartisan Bill to Help Working Families
    Sep 15, 2014  - Child care and community leaders are voicing support for the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act, a bipartisan, bicameral bill to help low-income families access child care while a parent pursues an education or job-training. “This bill will provide important reforms that will directly addres... 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: What's Next for Head Start?
    Nov 16, 2012  - Each year, the federal government spends more than seven billion dollars on Head Start, a program designed to help low-income children prepare for success in school and in life. In an effort to ensure the program is working for families and taxpayers, congressional leaders in the House and Senate h... More
  • ICYMI: Lighter Lunches Leave Kids Hungry
    Oct 31, 2012  - Reports continue to reveal new school lunch requirements are leaving students hungry, increasing food waste, and running up costs for schools nationwide. According to a school food services director from Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, "Participation is down, and the feedback we are getting is that [stu... 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
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