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  • Charter Schools: We Want to Break Through the Partisan Gridlock
    Apr 8, 2014  - By Representatives Todd Rokita (R-IN) and Jared Polis (D-CO) As strong advocates for parental school choice, we were pleased that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio was open to learning about the tremendous opportunities that charter schools can offer students and families. His decision to allow co... More
  • State of the Union Preview: Five Questions the President Must Answer
    Feb 12, 2013  - The nation will tune in tonight to hear President Obama discuss the State of the Union. As is always the case with this solemn occasion, Americans from every walk of life will listen closely as the president outlines the challenges we face and offers his ideas for leading the country toward a bright... More
  • Ensuring Access to a Quality Education: What the Chicago Teacher Strike Says About School Choice
    Sep 11, 2012  - Leave it to a kid to succinctly get to the heart of a complicated issue. When asked for his thoughts on his city’s ongoing teacher strike, Chicago charter school student Andy Anderson told CBS News the strike forces his friends at traditional public schools to spend the day "sitting at home, frying ... More
  • The Hill: Why charter schools deserve our support
    May 9, 2011  - By Rep. Buck McKeon (R-CA) Many students get trapped in failing schools and need a way out and public charter schools offer that opportunity. Charter schools serve as a consistently high-quality alternative to some failing public schools. They put a real premium on quality education and are often h... More
  • GOP Chairmen: D.C. Scholarship Program Offers 'Immediate Assistance' to Students in Need
    Mar 30, 2011  - On January 26, 2011, House Speaker John Boehner introduced the Scholarships for Opportunity and Results (SOAR) Act (H.R. 471). The legislation would reauthorize a successful and popular program that provides low-income D.C. families with a scholarship to remove their children from failing public sch... More
  • The Hill on 'No Child' Reauthorization
    Mar 16, 2011  - During a visit to Kenmore Middle School on March 14th, President Obama declared Congress should complete its efforts to overhaul 'No Child Left Behind' before the next school year begins in August. Rep. John Kline (R-MN), chairman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, issued the fol... More
  • Kline Op-Ed in The Washington Examiner: More Jobs, Less Government Tops Education Agenda for 2011
    Nov 19, 2010  - The following op-ed was published online in The Washington Examiner. At first glance, it may be difficult to understand the pairing of education and workplace issues in a single congressional committee. What does a third grade classroom have in common with a construction site? How do school lunches... More
  • Kline Op-ed in The Hill: Education is a jobs issue
    Sep 29, 2010  - The following op-ed was published in The Hill on September 29, 2010 According to the so-called experts, the Great Recession that began during the winter of 2007 ended in June of 2009. This should be welcome news, but many Americans find it hard to believe. More than 14.8 million workers are still u... More
  • Kline Op-ed in the Star Tribune: A promise made to our children should be a promise kept
    Sep 30, 2009  - The following op-ed was published online by the Star Tribune on September 30, 2009. As students throughout Minnesota settle into a new school year, area schools, like many around the country, are coping with the stifling effects of the recession. School districts throughout the state are facing mul... More
  • Kline Op-Ed in Education Week: The President’s Teachable Moment
    Sep 10, 2009  - The following op-ed was published online by Education Week on September 10, 2009. These last few weeks, America’s classrooms have come to life. Schoolchildren from coast to coast have completed an annual rite of passage: the first day of school. For many students, this year’s first day was unusual.... More
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