• 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
  • Looking to Tennessee’s 4th District for Ideas and Innovation
    Apr 20, 2011  - Despite recent improvements in the national jobs numbers, unemployment remains well above average here in Tennessee’s 4th Congressional District. With more than 32,000 people out of work in our district, growing the local economy and fostering job creation continues to be the number one priority fo... 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
  • Promoting Local Ideas for Education and Jobs
    Mar 21, 2011  - In February, the national unemployment rate dropped below 9 percent for the first time in nearly two years. While any sign of improvement in our economy is welcome news, there are still more than 13 million Americans out of work. Here in Pennsylvania, nearly 523,000 workers remain jobless. We have a... More
  • Local Innovation Key to Region's Economic Recovery
    Mar 20, 2011  - It’s been said that Washington, D.C., is 10 square miles surrounded by reality. Too often, policymakers in our nation’s capital get caught up in the rhetoric and lose sight of the fact that ours is a government of the people, by the people, and for the people. And right now, what the people want is ... 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
  • GOP chairmen: Repeal is first, not last, step
    Jan 20, 2011  - The following op-ed was published online at USA Today on January 20, 2011. Second, this effort allows us to take steps to truly deal with cost. Whatever else may be said of it, the new law has clearly failed to address the ever-rising cost of care and coverage. In many cases, the law is actually res... More