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  • 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 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: Schools need more freedom, less federal control
    Sep 23, 2011  - Rep. John Kline (R-MN) A new school year has reinvigorated Washington’s debate on the best way to improve education in America. There is widespread agreement that the status quo is not working, and lasting reforms are vital to the future prosperity of our children. House Republicans, as promised, a... 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
  • Kline Discusses Waste in Federal Education Programs "On the Record with Greta Van Susteren"
    Sep 1, 2011  - House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-MN) appeared last night "On the Record with Greta Van Susteren" to discuss the six month anniversary of a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report on waste and duplication in federal programs. "It’s not enough to consolidate one... More
  • ICYMI: Kline Announces Third Education Bill on Bill Bennett's Morning in America
    Jul 7, 2011  - This morning, U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce Chairman John Kline (R-MN) appeared on Bill Bennett’s Morning in America radio program to announce the third in the committee’s series of education reform bills designed to overhaul current elementary and secondary education law. The ... More
  • Kline Questions Duncan Waivers Proposal
    Jun 24, 2011  - On Thursday, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce Chairman John Kline (R-MN) and Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education Chairman Duncan Hunter (R-CA) sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan requesting additional information about the depar... More
  • ICYMI: Outdated mandates fail our students
    Jun 13, 2011  - Outdated mandates fail our students By Rep. John Kline (R-MN) Since the beginning of this Congress, the House Education and the Workforce Committee has held several hearings and roundtables to examine the state of education in America. We’ve talked with superintendents, teachers, school officials a... More
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