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Education & Labor Committee Republicans

  • Addressing Challenges in K-12 Classrooms
    Feb 13, 2012  - House Education and the Workforce Committee Republicans recently introduced two pieces of legislation designed to reform K-12 education law, currently known as No Child Left Behind. The Student Success Act (H.R. 3989) and the Encouraging Innovation and Effective Teachers Act (H.R. 3990) encourage a ... More
  • Supporting State and Local K-12 Education Reform
    Feb 8, 2012  - Reform-minded governors in states like New Jersey, South Dakota, and Virginia are using this year’s “state of the state” speeches to call for much-needed K-12 education reform that supports effective state and local initiatives. House Education and the Workforce Committee Republicans have long recog... More
  • Supporting School Choice Year-Round
    Jan 24, 2012  - January 22 marked the start of National School Choice Week – a week to celebrate education options for all students. School choice is an important principle that has received bipartisan support in Washington for years. For children who are trapped in under-performing public schools, the opportunity ... More
  • House Republicans Agree: “We Can’t Wait” For K-12 Education Reform – So We’re Taking Action
    Jan 20, 2012  - President Obama has hit the campaign trail with full force in recent months, and the slogan du jour for the entire administration seems to be “We Can’t Wait.” U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has tied the phrase to education reform in speeches across the country in recent months, asserting ov... More
  • House Republicans Take Steps to Streamline Federal Bureaucracy
    Jan 17, 2012  - Last week, President Obama announced plans to streamline the federal government, starting with the consolidation of six federal agencies with overlapping authorities over business and trade. The president specifically asked for enhanced executive power to implement further “reforms that result in mo... More
  • Part 5: Ten Years Later, A Better Way Forward for K-12 Schools
    Jan 13, 2012  - House Education and the Workforce Committee Republicans recently released two pieces of draft legislation designed to rewrite elementary and secondary education law, currently known as No Child Left Behind. The Student Success Act and the Encouraging Innovation and Effective Teachers Act are commons... More
  • Part 4: Ten Years Later, A Better Way Forward for K-12 Schools
    Jan 12, 2012  - Late last year, the U.S. Secretary of Education took unprecedented action and announced a plan that would allow the administration to unilaterally dictate federal education policy without Congressional input. Secretary Arne Duncan’s plan to grant waivers for certain requirements under No Child Left ... More
  • Part 3: Ten Years Later, A Better Way Forward for K-12 Schools
    Jan 11, 2012  - The teacher quality policies included in No Child Left Behind were intended to encourage better educators in schools. But in the 10 years since the law’s enactment, we’ve realized the requirements place too much emphasis on a teacher’s credentials and tenure, and pay little attention to student lear... More
  • Part 2: Ten Years Later, A Better Way Forward for K-12 Schools
    Jan 10, 2012  - Despite good intentions, there is bipartisan agreement No Child Left Behind (NCLB) needs to be changed. One of the biggest failings of our nation's K-12 education law is its overly prescriptive accountability system, known as Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). The federally mandated system applies a ri... More
  • Part 1: Ten Years Later, A Better Way Forward for K-12 Schools
    Jan 9, 2012  - House Education and the Workforce Committee Republicans recently released two pieces of draft legislation designed to enhance school accountability, improve flexibility, and support more effective teachers in American classrooms. The bills, which build upon previous legislative efforts, signal Repub... More
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