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Education & Labor Committee Republicans

  • Committee Seeks Details on Administration’s 50-State Strategy
    Feb 25, 2014  - Dear Secretary Duncan: In recent press interviews, you and your staff have confirmed the development of a "50-state strategy" on teacher equity. Specifically, Assistant Secretary of Elementary and Secondary Education Deb Delisle said states will be required to update their 'highly qualified teacher... More
  • Committee Leaders Request Details about Obama Administration’s Higher Education Executive Actions
    Feb 12, 2014  - Dear Mr. President: On January 16, 2014 the White House convened a summit with more than 100 college and university leaders and 40 non-profit organizations to discuss opportunities to expand access to higher education for low-income students. We share the goal of strengthening federal policy to ens... More
  • Republicans Seek Additional Information on School Discipline Guidance
    Feb 12, 2014  - Dear Secretary Duncan and Attorney General Holder: In January the departments of Education and Justice issued joint guidance on school discipline to help prevent discrimination and slow down the "school-to-prison pipeline." The recommendations encourage schools to establish procedures to distinguis... More
  • Holding the NLRB Accountable for its Ambush Election Rule
    Feb 10, 2014  - The Obama National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is once again advancing a radical ambush union election rule. The regulatory proposal would dramatically alter long-standing policies governing union elections, and ultimately stifle employer free speech and cripple worker free choice. First proposed i... More
  • Committees Urge Secretary Vilsack to Establish Waiver Process to Help Schools Implement New Nutrition Standards
    Feb 5, 2014  - Dear Mr. Secretary, We are pleased that President Obama has signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2014, P.L. 113-76. This legislation provides USDA with funding for vital programs and also provides directives that clearly state congressional intent in the implementatio... More
  • Another program?
    Jan 31, 2014  - President Obama has announced he will create through executive fiat another federal job training program. That’s right – another program on top of the more than 50 federal employment and training programs that already exists. It might have been nice to wait for Vice President Biden to complete his r... More
  • Mr. President, We Know What’s Wrong With the Broken Job Training System; It’s Time to Fix It
    Jan 30, 2014  - In his State of the Union address, President Obama called for a “year of action” that left many Americans unimpressed. As one political journalist wrote, the president’s agenda includes “small-bore executive orders, studies, summits.” President Obama’s lackluster to-do list was especially evident wh... More
  • Did You Know? 10 Fast Facts on School Choice
    Jan 29, 2014  - Helping more children escape underperforming schools through expanded school choice options is a key priority for the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. As Chairman John Kline (R-MN) recently said, “Charter schools, magnet schools, and scholarship programs have provided thousands of fam... More
  • Students, Schools, and Colleges Struggle with ObamaCare Consequences
    Jan 23, 2014  - The House Education and the Workforce Committee is investigating the effects of President Obama's health care law on the nation's schools. Click on the graphic below to read stories collected from news reports, witness testimony, and education stakeholders across the country. Want to share #YourStor... More
  • Committee Members Raise Concerns about OSHA’s Intrusion into Family Farms
    Jan 14, 2014  - Dear Assistant Secretary Michaels: We are increasingly concerned about the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) reliance on guidance documents, letters of interpretation, and other non-regulatory actions to dramatically change OSHA policy. A glaring example is the June 28, 2011 en... More
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