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Education & Labor Committee Republicans

  • The Strengthening Education through Research Act
    Apr 2, 2014  - THE PROBLEM: Established by the Education Sciences Reform Act in 2002, the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) is responsible for gathering information on education progress, conducting research on educational practices in the nation’s schools, and evaluating the quality of federal education progr... 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
  • The Student Success Act: Supporting Effective Teachers
    Jun 24, 2013  - THE PROBLEM: Studies have consistently shown teacher quality to be among the most influential factors in student academic achievement. Unfortunately, federal teacher policies, most notably the “Highly Qualified Teacher” mandates, value a teacher’s credentials over his or her ability to boost studen... More
  • The Student Success Act: Empowering Parents
    Jun 24, 2013  - THE PROBLEM: Any effort to provide students with a quality education must include parents. Parental involvement can help drive innovation, competition, and school improvement. However, current federal policies often ignore the important role parents play, and can stand in the way of state and local... More
  • The Student Success Act: Restoring Local Control
    Jun 24, 2013  - THE PROBLEM: 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 was heralded as groundbreaking. But after a decade of the law, we can now clearly identify its weaknesses. The "Adequ... More
  • H.R. 5: The Student Success Act
    Jun 6, 2013  - THE PROBLEM: The Elementary and Secondary Education Act, currently known as No Child Left Behind, has been due for reauthorization since 2007. Despite its best intentions, there is widespread agreement that the current law is no longer effectively serving students. No Child Left Behind’s ‘Adequate ... More
  • H.R. 3990, the Encouraging Innovation and Effective Teachers Act
    Feb 9, 2012  - THE PROBLEM: The Department of Education operates approximately 80 programs tied to K-12 classrooms, each with its own set of burdensome rules and reporting requirements. According to Virginia's Loudoun County Public Schools Superintendent Edgar Hatrick, navigating this complicated system often res... More
  • H.R. 3989, the Student Success Act
    Feb 9, 2012  - THE PROBLEM: The Elementary and Secondary Education Act, currently known as No Child Left Behind, has been due for reauthorization since 2007. Despite its best intentions, there is widespread agreement that the current law is no longer effectively serving students. Under No Child Left Behind’s acco... More
  • UPDATED: H.R. 2218, The Empowering Parents through Quality Charter Schools Act
    Sep 1, 2011  - THE PROBLEM: Charter schools empower parents to play a more active role in their child’s education, open doors for teachers to pioneer fresh teaching methods, encourage state and local innovation, and help students escape underperforming schools. Despite high demand and an estimated 420,000 student... More
  • H.R. 2445, The State and Local Funding Flexibility Act
    Jul 7, 2011  - Chairman Kline (R-MN) has introduced the State and Local Funding Flexibility Act (H.R. 2445) to give schools the flexibility they need to innovate and best serve the needs of their students. THE PROBLEM: The federal government currently operates a host of elementary and secondary education programs,... More
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