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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 Success and Opportunity through Quality Charter Schools Act
    Apr 1, 2014  - 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 920,000 student... More
  • The Employee Privacy Protection Act
    Mar 27, 2014  - THE PROBLEM: The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is advancing a proposal that would jeopardize the privacy of workers and their families. Buried in a draft rule designed to speed up union elections, the NLRB is attempting to require employers to disclose employees’ personal information to uni... More
  • The Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act: Protecting Workers’ Free Choice
    Mar 27, 2014  - THE PROBLEM: In February the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a proposal that will dramatically alter long-standing policies governing union elections. The board’s proposed rule will significantly shorten the time between the filing of a petition for a union election and the election da... More
  • Fact Sheet: H.R. 2637, the Supporting Academic Freedom Through Regulatory Relief Act
    Jul 10, 2013  - THE PROBLEM: Over the last decade, college costs have skyrocketed. Annual in-state tuition and fees at public four-year universities cost an average of $4,793 in 2001. Today, that price tag is $8,665 – an 81 percent increase. Similar trends can be seen at private institutions and two-year degree pr... 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. 2347: Representation Fairness Restoration Act
    Jun 13, 2013  - THE PROBLEM: Unions have long tried to organize small groups or “units” of employees as an incremental step toward organizing an entire workplace. A standard used for decades by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) required a different approach, one that promoted unity in workplaces by includi... More
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